By Keith Coddington
First of all, we would like to make it clear that we are not trying to bad-mouth our competitors or their program. We are simply informing our consumers that there is an enormous difference between our program and our local competitor. We have a genuine concern regarding the future use of bedbug detection dogs as others in Arizona are using and maintaining the dogs incorrectly. Operating an accurate and successful detection dog program takes an enormous amount of work, expertise and knowledge.
Q: Who Trained the K9s?
A: We train dogs from start to finish.
Q: Who trained the handlers?
A: We train handlers and match them with a K9 that suits them.
Q: Who certified the search teams?
A: The USA Detector Dog Association which is an independent third party certifies our Canine Teams.
Q: How are the search teams certified?
A: The Canines are certified in accordance with the National Pest Management Association's guidelines for bed bug detection dogs.
Q: How much experience in detection dog work?
A: Dog behavior and training is our specialty and always has been. We have been in the business for many years. Our President and founder has been handling detection dogs for years. Before bedbug dogs he trained and operated a private narcotic detection K-9 company and still operates Natural Instincts, a dog training / behavior business and Interquest Detection Canines of Arizona, a contraband detection dog business.
Q: How are the search teams maintained?
A: Teams that we have trained and maintain are worked with on a daily basis with our detection dog trainer to insure we are setting the new standard in pest detection. We have the skills, experience and knowledge to deal with common problems like false alerts or failure to detect odor.
Q: How does the detection dog program compare to a government agency or police department that uses detection dogs?
A: After the K9s are trained the search team handler course can take from several weeks to months before the team is certified. Additionally our program of training, maintaining and certification goes above and beyond any typical government agency’s guidelines.