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:
- Instagram: @ken_ramirez_kpct
- Twitter: @kenkpct
- Website: https://www.kenramireztraining.com/
- Ken’s Books: https://shop.clickertraining.com/collections/ken-ramirez-books
- Karen Pryor Clicker training: https://www.clickertraining.com/
- “All Clear” in Scent Detection: https://www.clickertraining.com/How-to-Use-an-All-Clear
Kayla is from Ashland, Wisconsin but lives in Missoula Montana. She holds a degree in biology from Colorado College and has spent years working in zoos, animal shelters, as a private dog trainer, and with working detection K9s. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. She shares her life with her border collie Barley.