Gayle and Lise had an incredible opportunity to attend the Penn Vet Working Dog Conference last week when Gayle was invited to present “Baby Noses: Introducing Scents to Neonatal Hunting and Tracking Dogs.” The lineup for this conference had real star power and was just a bit intimidating — Michael Ellis, Dr. Bob Bailey, Parvene Farhoody, Randy Hare, David Brownwell and more. What an honor to share the podium with such amazing dog folks!
Dogs and trainers in attendance ranged from the expected–search and rescue (SAR), human-remains detection (HRD), drug and explosives detection, guide and service dogs–to the unexpected, conservation and allergen-detection dogs.
The theme of this conference was “The Art & Science of Training: Dog & Handler.” Each day began with a general session during which we listened to up to ten presentations. Canine cognition researchers updated us on the cutting edge research they are doing assessing, evaluating and developing dogs. Right down our alley! Trainers brought their unique take on some challenging working problems. A nutritionist provided some fascinating research on supporting the health of dogs during heavy work under difficult circumstances. The mornings flew by!