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David Latimer is founder of the World Detector Dog Organization, online at WDDO.org. He can be reached at latimer_david@yahoo.com.

Posts by David Latimer

Train your detection dog to think Posted on 15 Jun 2018 in the featured & Pest Talk categories.

Using your dog’s cognitive and problem-solving ability in the task of odor detection. Read more»

Encouraging detector dogs to think, not react Posted on 08 Jun 2018 in the featured & Pest Talk categories.

Here's how to encourage your dog to make the right choice based solely on the presence of odor. Read more»

What the detector dog’s nose knows Posted on 14 May 2018 in the featured & Pest Talk categories.

For this third installment on pest control detection dogs’ false alerts, let’s discuss how bias can influence us — and in turn, our dogs — and how to avoid that.... Read more»

Train detector dogs on odor, not reward Posted on 07 May 2018 in the featured & Pest Talk categories.

Let’s continue our discussion about how detector dog handlers can cause false alerts. Here’s the bottom line, in many cases: When the dog false alerts, it is doing what we... Read more»

Do detector dogs lie? Posted on 02 May 2018 in the featured & Pest Talk categories.

Let’s start with being honest with our customers and ourselves: All odor detection systems — whether mechanical, electronic or biological — have error rates. There is no such thing as... Read more»

Double blind: Difficult, but worth it Posted on 11 Apr 2018 in the featured & Pest Talk categories.

Last week, I talked about the scientific basis for using randomized, double blind testing of canines used in termite, bed bug and other inspections. Today, I’d like to address a... Read more»

Eye contact and detection dog testing Posted on 02 Apr 2018 in the featured & Pest Talk categories.

Last week, I defined what randomized, double blind testing is for testing detection dogs, including those trained for bed bug and termite inspections. Now, let’s go a little more deeply into... Read more»

The benefits of randomized, double blind testing for detector dogs Posted on 26 Mar 2018 in the featured & Pest Talk categories.

Editor’s Note: Learn more about WDDO in our March issue profile on the author, online here. If you’re not familiar with the phrase “randomized, double blind” testing, it basically describes... Read more»

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