CONSERVATION DETECTOR DOGS
Specializing in Wildlife Surveys
Selected especially for
work in conservation research
PACKLEADER is committed to giving generally unadoptable dogs a new lease on life.
Conservation Detector Dogs utilized by PACKLEADER come from a variety of sources – animal shelters or humane societies, private donors and breeders. Many of the shelter dogs may have faced euthanasia if not selected for this program. One of the things all of these dogs have in common is an intelligence, drive and desire to work that can make them difficult house pets but these same characteristics make them excellent detector dogs. As you will see, our dogs come in all different breeds, mixes and sizes but without exception they are all happiest when in the field working with their assigned handlers. The dogs live a full, productive life at PACKLEADER and provide an innovative new tool to conservation researchers and/or private organizations.
As part of PACKLEADER's holistic approach, when a dog is no longer able to do field work, it may be utilized for training new handlers, on-site detector work or may be transferred to an approved pet home.
Check each dog's profile to see a summary of the projects on which they have worked. You will find more detailed information on several of our current/most recent projects:
Bruiser -- Jaguar and co-existing felids (C. Wultsch)
CJ -- Eastern Indigo Snakes (Project Orianne)
Chevy & Pepper -- Javan Rhino (WWF - Vietnam)
Fargo -- Right Whales (R. Rolland & New England Aquarium)
Merlin & Train -- Bush dogs, Jaguar, Puma & Ocelot (K. DeMatteo, Univ of Missouri)