PackLeader Detection Dogs

PackLeader Detection Dogs


Hi Everyone! Sorry for our "absence"! I have been working hard on getting a manuscript reworked, processing those samples from our 2016 field season, and of course my extra heavy teaching load this semester.

During this time of year, I know I always take time to reflect and be thankful for the numerous people and agencies that make our project possible! A recent article gives me a chance to highlight someone that is always quietly in the background of our project but always in my head whether I am working my own detection dog, working to solve a field problem, or training a student to handle a detection dog: Barbara Davenport, from PackLeader Detection Dogs.

While all of the folks from PackLeader have been invaluable to the project, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have spent many months working with Barbara one-on-one at PackLeader Farm in Washington state and in the forests of Misiones, Argentina. Her wealth of information is never ending and her patience is absolutely incredible. She never tires of questions and is always willing to sit and work through a problem with you.

Detection dogs are an amazing tool in conservation! Thank you Barbara for introducing me to your world and teaching me one ounce of your knowledge. I will continue to strive to uphold the integrity of the technique in the ways you have taught me and look forward to continue to learn from you in the days to come as we continue our projects together!

Happy Holidays - K & your Big Brown Monster (T!)
April is loving her time back in the field. Thank you PackLeader Detection Dogs and Barbara for everything!!!
Abrazos de todos!!!
The Big Brown Monster is back in the news with a big thanks to the folks at PackLeader for all of their help! It is an article that was taken from the original written by Emilio White and posted in Fundacion Vida Silvestre's magazine ( on page 24.
Abrazos from Karen & Train
Way cool Toni Crites
I got clever and went on your page Toni Crites!

A proven non-invasive method for identifying targeted species in their natural habitat.

Operating as usual

Timeline photos 07/03/2013

A new picture and comment sent to us by Matias:

Hi PK,
I do not know if Toni or Barbara is there, but we want to show a picture of Lucky's first evening training day in Buenos Aires. He did an excellent job!! Even with lots of peoples and dogs around!
Behind him is a Tango dancing floor, which we call "la glorieta".

Thanks for the great opportunity you gave me with Lucky.
Un abrazo

Matías y Totó.

Timeline photos 06/30/2013

All our detector dogs are selected for and trained with a ball reward. Here a picture of Lucky in his favorite position since discovering where Matias hung his reward ball to dry (look at the top of the pillar).

Timeline photos 06/30/2013

The 2 new Conservation Dog Teams working in Argentina. Matias and CCD Lucky on the left. Deana and CCD April on the right.

Timeline photos 06/30/2013

April was assigned to Diana (pronounced Deanna) to assist with Diana's research in a specific monkey species (I can't remember the common name) and Bush Dog. April will be living in Posados with Diana and her family when not in the field. April is also a 3yo BC, who came from another rescue situation. I wish I had gotten a picture of April with Diana's son.

Timeline photos 06/30/2013

By the end of the first 5 days of training, the teams were decided. Lucky was assigned to Matias. For Matias' PHD project they will be looking for Maned Wolf and Bush Dog scat in their natural habitat. Lucky is a 3yo BC who came to us from rescue. He had a terrible skin condition which we were able to clean up. Lucky is a sweet little boy but is totally focused on his ball reward which results in him being a consistent and committed worker. When not in the field, Lucky will be living in Buenos Aires with Matias.

Timeline photos 06/30/2013

Conservation Detector Dogs (CDD) Lucky and April and I left Washington on 6-2-13 for an over night flight to Miami. Traveling by air in the summer can be a challenge. To comply with airline regulations you must ensure that the temperature at take off and landing is below 85 degrees. To ensure compliance we waited for 17 hours till our next over night flight to Buenos Aires. The kids made lots of friends with international travelers throughout the day. Lots of curiosity and smiles from all the people. The picture shows us camping out in our corner of the terminal.


Sorry I was unable to send updates while in Argentina. Internet and Wi-Fi access was definitely inconsistent and weak in the area I was in. Just got home yesterday after 3 days of travel. Glad to be home. I'll be posting a few pictures shortly. Barbara


Barbara is currently in Argentina training some new detection dog handlers. Look for some updates from her in the near future.


We are finally getting on Facebook! Look for future updates about projects that we are working on and news about the dogs and team.

Detection Dogs at Work 06/10/2013

Detection Dogs at Work





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