Tag: K9

dog nose

What the detector dog’s nose knows

May 14, 2018 By
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. Bias can come from pressure on the handler from customers,... Read more»
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Train detector dogs on odor, not reward

May 7, 2018 By
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 taught it to do. The dog’s perspective on what we... Read more»
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Do detector dogs lie?

May 2, 2018 By
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 a perfect testing instrument or system. Well-trained detector dog teams... Read more»
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Double blind: Difficult, but worth it

April 11, 2018 By
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 big concern I’ve heard raised against taking a randomized, double... Read more»
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Eye contact and detection dog testing

April 2, 2018 By
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 the technical basis for using this testing method over traditional... Read more»
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David Latimer

The benefits of randomized, double blind testing for detector dogs

March 26, 2018 By
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 a scent detector dog team proficiency test method, wherein no... Read more»
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Springer K9s

Springer K9 teams are NESDCA-certified

August 11, 2017 By
The three canine teams of Springer Professional Home Services of Des Moines, Iowa, have all become certified in bed bug scent detection in accordance to the guidelines laid out by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA). “This is... Read more»
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Survey says bed bugs are big business

July 10, 2017 By
Three-quarters of pest management professionals expect their bed bug-related revenue to continue to rise, according to PMP’s 2017 Bed Bug Management Survey. Baltimore — site of the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) upcoming PestWorld 2017 — welcomes about 25 million... Read more»

Wil-Kil Pest Control announces K9 personnel changes

May 8, 2017 By
Wil-Kil Pest Control has announced the retirement of Max, the Sun Prairie, Wis.-based company’s first bed bug canine — and the first bed bug canine for hire in the state of Wisconsin. The company also announced the addition of Jack... Read more»
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Going to the dogs

June 30, 2016 By
As promised in our June Photo Finish, we’ve rounded up a few more K-9s in the bed bug biz: • Among K-9 Kinsey’s co-workers at Gregory Pest Control (smarterpestcontrol.com) is T-Bone, a beagle mix. • K-9 Allie’s co-workers at JP... Read more»
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