By Keith Coddington
Phoenix, AZ based Cimex K9 held their annual K9 Bedbug Search team certifications this week at a hotel in Scottsdale, AZ. The location was chosen because it has never had a bedbug infestation and was also swept by a certified K9 bedbug team before the testing.
The certifying official conducting the testing was Master Trainer David Latimer. The testing was proctored by entomologists from the University of Arizona including Dawn Gouge Ph.D. Associate Professor / Associate Specialist and Bryan Stevens MSc. Assistant in Extension.
Cimex K9 feels it is extremely important to educate consumers on the proper use of bedbug dogs and proper certification. As of now anyone can claim their dog is a bedbug detection dog as there is no license/certification standardization statewide or nationally. It is up to each company to choose the best method of certification if they choose any at all.
Cimex K9 trains and maintains their own bedbug dog inspection teams and certifies them through the World Detector Dog Organization which is an independent third party. The World Detector Dog Organization certifies various types of detection dogs for commercial and governmental agencies and is the only bedbug dog certification to utilize a double-blind system.
Should you choose to hire a detection dog or wish to certify your detection dog you should research the certification. Some of the key points to look for in a legitimate certification:
Is the organization a third party?
Is the organization conducting their testing in real-world conditions?
Is the testing conducted using a double-blind method?
Is there a certifying official and proctor present during the testing?
If you would like to join the World Detector Dog Organization or have more questions about their certification procedure please visit their website at www.WDDO.orgKeith Coddington Owner / Trainer / Handler Cimex K9, LLC