The Conservation K9 Podcast

The Conservation K9 Podcast

The Conservation K9 Podcast educates and celebrates the dog teams protecting the natural world. Hosted by conservation dog team trainer and animal behaviourist James Davis.

Episodes

September 1, 2022 15 min

In this special episode, recorded at the Australasian Conservation Dog Network Conference held in Canberra, Australia in August 2022, James is joined in person by keynote speaker Romane Cristescu (Detection Dogs for Conservation) and ACDN committee member Scott Thompson (Terrestrial Ecosystems) to talk about the formation of the ACDN and the success of the conference.

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In this special episode, recorded at the Australasian Conservation Dog Network Conference held in Canberra, Australia in August 2022, James is joined in person (and over wine) by industry legends Nikki Glover (Amphibian & Reptile Detection Dogs), Louise Wilson (Conservation K9 Consultancy) and Heath Smith (Rogue Detection Teams) to talk about, well, loads of things conservation dog-related!

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In this episode, James is joined by Dr Ngaio Richards from Working Dogs For Conservation. They talk about mitigating exposure of dog teams to poisons, and the care and management of working dogs at the end of their careers.

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In this episode, James is joined by Alfonso Pera Contreras from EccoTrenca and very special guest co-host, Heath Smith from Rogue Detection Teams. They talk about a different approach to teamwork and how this differs from traditional methods of dog training and handling.

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In this episode, James is joined Helen Neale and Fin Buchanan from New Zealand’s famous conservation dogs program. They talk about the history of conservation dog use in New Zealand, their certification program for dog teams, and some of their success stories.

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In this episode James is joined by ASCT Master Trainer Samuel Nguni and Trainer Joyce Chiluba from North Luangwa's Canine Unit. They talk about their career development from Scouts to Trainers of the dog teams working to stop illegal poaching in Zambia.

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March 15, 2022 47 min

In this episode James is joined by Dr Lauryn DeGreef from Florida International University. They talk about Lauryn’s research into olfaction, the pitfalls of the cocktail method of odour imprinting, and her new book, Canines The Original Biosensors.

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March 4, 2022 58 min

In this episode James is joined by Rita Santos from Dogs for Nature. They talk about surveying for grasshoppers in France, Iberian wolves in Spain and tigers in Malaysia, as well as Rita’s relationship with her rescue dog Hera. Check them out on Instagram too!

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In this episode, conservation dog team trainer James Davis is joined by canine olfaction researchers Dr Michele Maughan and Jenna Gadberry from SciK9.

They talk about the importance of training aid storage and avoiding contamination, and how the TADD device can help in the conservation world.

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In this episode, conservation dog team trainer James Davis is joined by conservation dog handler and researcher Dr Annegret Grimm-Seyfarth from Monitoring Dogs.

They talk about differentiating between mink scat and otter spraint in the field, and some of the findings of her research into the use of conservation dogs worldwide.

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In this special Christmas episode of The Conservation K9 Podcast, host James Davis is joined by a number of former guests to chat once again about all things conservation dogs.

Join Megan Parker, Heath Smith, Paul Bunker, Jeffrey Milner, Wesley Visscher, Tracy Lyten and Nathan Hall as they discuss topics from certification to handler skills and everything in between.

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December 3, 2021 58 min

In this episode, conservation dog team trainer James Davis is joined by Wesley Visscher from Scent Imprint Conservation Dogs in the Netherlands.

They talk about training and deploying dog teams internationally for wildlife crime prevention, ecological monitoring and invasive species management.

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November 19, 2021 83 min

In this episode, conservation dog team trainer James Davis is joined by the legendary Karen DeMatteo from Washington University and Got Scat?

They talk about scat detection in Argentina, training dogs and handlers for conservation and the exploits of her amazing dog, Train.

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October 31, 2021 77 min

In this episode, conservation dog team trainer James Davis is joined by Tracy Lyten and Fiona Jackson from Skylos Ecology in Australia.

They talk about the challenges of invasive weed detection, the importance of trusting your dog, and how the Australasian Conservation Dog Network is supporting the use of detection dogs in the region.

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In this episode, conservation dog team trainer and host James Davis is joined by Kyoko Johnson and Michelle Reynolds from Conservation Dogs of Hawaii.

They talk about training dogs to detect signs of avian botulism in the Hawaiian Islands, and James tries to get the team to spill the beans on some of the other cool projects they’re working on.

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In this very special episode, conservation dog team trainer and host James Davis is joined by some of the participants and presenters from the inaugural Conservation K9 Camp which was held in Queensland, Australia between 8-12 September 2021.

They talk about their experience of starting their journey to train and handle their dogs for conservation detection in a world-first, fully interactive format held exclusively in the great out...

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August 24, 2021 62 min

In this episode, conservation dog team trainer James Davis from Padfoot Conservation K9s in Australia is joined by Laura Holder from The Conservation Dogs Collective. They talk about cryptic species detection, the differences between sport nose work and conservation detection, and the contents of Laura’s wine cellar.

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August 2, 2021 63 min

In this episode, conservation detection dog team trainer James Davis is joined by Paul Bunker from Chiron K9. Paul is a conservation detection dog training specialist, researcher and author of Imprint Your Detection Dog in 15 Days. They talk about Paul’s life working with dogs, some of the amazing projects he’s been involved in, and what he’s working on at the moment.

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In this special episode, James joins forces with the K9 Talking Scents podcast in a mashup on all things conservation with detection specialist Cameron Ford and Jeff Milner from the Conservation Canine Officers Association.

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In this episode, host James Davis is joined by Dr Roberta Bottaro. Roberta is a psychologist, animal behaviourist and conservation dog trainer based in Italy. They talk about training dogs to detect signs of African Swine Fever (ASF) in wild boars and detecting poison for wolf conservation in the Alps.

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