Sampson's Story

Sampson first joined Conservation Canines in 2008 from the Seattle Humane Society. An adorable black lab mix, people were shocked that he didn't have a home yet. Unfortunately, he didn't care at all about a potential new home and would much rather stare down the basket of balls and toys that was in the greeting room at the shelter. When handlers from CK9 showed up, they new Sampson had the makings for an awesome working dog! His enthusiasm for playing ball meant he was always eager to get outside and find scat. Sampson is trained on over 30 species of animals, some plants, and environmental toxins! Not only can this adventure dog find scat samples, he can also detect live animals. Sampson's super sniffer has been employed to find garlic mustard, an invasive species of plant, and to find PCB toxins in Seattle! Is there anything this dog can't do? Now-a-days, you're most likely to find Sampson alongside his pals, Julianne and CK9 Casey, in the classroom teaching kids about wildlife research, scatology, and dogs with jobs!

Scenes From The Field



Species Currently Trained On:

  • Wolverine,
  • American pine marten
  • Sierra red fox
  • Northern spotted owl
  • Barred owl
  • Pacific pocket mouse
  • Lynx
  • Sea turtle nests
  • Mt. Jemez salamander
  • Moose
  • Woodland caribou
  • White-tailed deer
  • Gray wolf
  • Cougar
  • Bobcat
  • Swift fox

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