Other Working Dog Organizations
The Working Dog Alliance is working with industry, government, animal advocacy and scientific research groups to review current practices. They aim to provide opportunities for communication, sharing and collaboration across this diverse industry.
Learn more about the Working Dog Alliance Australia HERE.
The ICDDA was created to provide the opportunity for those involved with Conservation Detection Dogs to work together for the advancement of the use of detection dogs in the field. The ICDDA will also provide an accreditation process to certify that dogs and handlers meet key standards to reliably provide services to others.
Visit their website to learn more http://www.icdda.org/
The ATF explosives detection canine, a graduate of ATF’s 10 week explosive detection training program, has been conditioned to detect explosives, explosives residue, and post-blast evidence. As a bonus, because of their conditioning to smokeless powder and other explosive fillers, ATF trained explosives detection canines can detect firearms and ammunition hidden in containers and vehicles, on persons and buried underground.
Learn more about these amazing dog at www.atf.gov
TSA’s National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program recently closed however, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center has been selected to help continue the research and breeding program. The TSA prepared dogs and handlers to serve on the front lines of America’s War on Terror. These very effective, mobile team can quickly locate and identify dangerous materials that may present a threat to transportation systems. Just as important, they can quickly rule out the presence of dangerous materials in unattended packages, structures or vehicles, allowing the free and efficient flow of commerce.
Visit their website to learn more about their program.
SWGDOG was created as a response to concerns coming from a variety of sectors including law enforcement and homeland security regarding the need to improve the performance, reliability, and courtroom defensibility of detector dog teams and their optimized combination with electronic detection devices. They work to generate best practices which go through a 6 month approval process, including an 8 week public comment period, where feedback is solicited from the community. SWGDOG currently has approved best practice guidelines in all 9 concentration areas, ranging from training, health, and research to substance and scent disciplines. Recently approved documents include contraband, currency, firearm, and live people in avalanche disasters. The newest document drafted, Searching for Human Remains in a Disaster Environment, will be posted for public comment before the end of the year. There are now thirty nine approved guidelines within 436 pages of resources. Some documents are also under a required two year review such as terminology, general guidelines, and selection of serviceable dogs and replacement systems.
Visit their website to learn more.