Frequently Asked Questions

At CDCI, it's ALL about the dogs. We never stop talking about them. That's why we also love questions. They offer more opportunities to carry on with our favorite topic! 
 
Here are the most common questions we get asked. Have something you want to ask our dogs (or our staff)? Contact us any time with what's on your mind!

HOW DO YOU TRAIN THE DOGS TO FIND A NEW SCENT?

Teaching a dog a target odor is, in fact, an easy thing to do. But it requires a trainer that understands classical conditioning and operant learning... continue reading

MY DOG LOVES SNIFFING TOO... CAN THEY BECOME A CONSERVATION DOG?

While they can come in any breed, shape, or size, we find that the ideal conservation dogs have these particular attributes... continue reading

WHAT MAKES A DOG GOOD AT CONSERVATION WORK?

Dogs are amazing creatures. No man-made instrument has ever been able to replicate their scenting power and efficiency... continue reading

How many scents can conservation dogs learn or find?


Some conservation dogs have been trained to detect almost 20 different scents! Super impressive, right?




How long does it take to train a conservation dog?


Typically, it takes anywhere from 6-18 months for our Canine Finders to be ready for operational deployment. Beyond their scent work training, they are constantly honing their behavioral skills to include coming when called (recall), directionals, and other practical manners (relaxing in a crate).




Where can conservation dogs work?


Our Canine Finders get to work in all sorts of cool places. We've worked throughout the United States and trekked alongside our dogs while working on wind farms, in forests, along riverbanks, in prairies, in the mountains, and everywhere inbetween.




Where do you get your conservation dogs?


Each of our Canine Finders (CF) has a unique story. Some were found as strays wandering the city streets, while others came to us as puppies or adolescent dogs from reputable breeders. What matters most is that every single one of our CFs finds a permanent home with their Canine Keeper (CK) where they are very well cared for and loved for life!




How can I support your conservation dogs?


We are so grateful you asked! There are threen main ways to support our amazing Canine Finders to help keep their noses busy saving the planet we love!

  • Give a gift: For $5 you can make a difference and directly support our dogs and their important work!
  • Follow & Share: Give us a like on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and watch our videos on YouTube.
  • Volunteer: Signup for volunteer opportunities with our growing organization. We cannot wait to meet you and learn about your special talents and how they can help our Canine Finders!





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