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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 founded Journey Dog Training in 2013 to provide high-quality and affordable dog behavior advice. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant who’s worked with hundreds of private clients, thousands of shelter dogs, and dozens of working detection dogs. Kayla’s dog and cat behavior advice has been featured in NPR, the Chicago Tribune, and Pet MD. She’s an avid adventurer who is currently doing #vanlife on the Pan-American Highway with her two border collies and a cat. Aside from running Journey Dog Training, Kayla also runs the nonprofit K9 Conservationists, where she and the dogs work as conservation detection dog teams. You can get 1:1 advice with a Journey Dog Training team member here.