Ep. 59: Conservation Training with Ken Ramirez

Kayla and Ursa speak with Ken Ramirez about conservation training and detection dogs! Remember, you can now support the podcast through Patreon for as little as $3/month! Patrons can submit questions, which we’ll answer at the end of each episode. Join the conversation over at patreon.com/canineconvos

Discussed in this episode:

  • Ken discusses some of his own conservation stories
  • Creating plans for non-trainer dog handlers
  • Working with clients vs working with conservation problems
  • Elephant migration 
  • Chimpanzee project 
    • The 2 year project resulted in 87% decrease in poaching
  • Remote conservation vs captive conservation 
  • How to get involved with conservation training
  • Working with detection dogs
    • Using the “all clear procedure” to reward your dogs when there happens to be no target to find
    • Maintaining enthusiasm in “no find” environments
    • Ensuring the learner has all their needs met
    • Putting the dog first 

Patron Questions answered from Caroline:

What is life at the Ranch like – who lives there full time and is there a daily staff?

Which animals get into the cheekiest shenanigans on the Ranch? 

What has been your favorite species to train and why? 

Where to find Ken:

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