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DOGS WITH JOBS TRAINS WASHINGTON STATE’S DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE IN HOW TO USE MUSSEL DETECTION DOGS TO GUARD AGAINST INVASIVE MUSSELS!

The natural resource threat invasive mussels pose is being taken very seriously in Washington State, one of the last three uninfected states in the U.S.That is why the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is partnering with the Dogs with Jobs, to launch WDFW’s new mussel-detection program!


After an initial orientation in California, we took to the road on an epic 18 hour drive to the historic Lake Powell, to facilitate an advanced training opportunity between the handler and her Mussel Dog, Puddles. The instruction centered on how to be the dog’s partner, and attentive to her unique cues and personality. In this way, a dynamic synergy is created that’s key to Mussel Dog’s success. This two day intensive training provides a good foundation to launch WDFW’s mussel detection program; although we’re sad to see Puddles go, we’re proud she’ll be Washington’s first mussel-detection dog! Read more about our partnership in the accompanying press release!


Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat after each outing!



BEGIN PRESS RELEASE:


Protecting the last uninfected States! Dogs with Jobs trains Washington State’s first Department of Fish and Wildlife mussel detection dog to guard against invasive mussels!


Musseling across U.S. waters, Quagga and Zebra mussels expansion represents one of the Nation’s largest natural resource management and invasive species chal- lenges, conservatively estimated in the billions of dollars each year. Scientists and engineers call these invasive mussels, “biofoulers”, because they displace native species, and coat and clog everything in their path. Scientists have found their den- sity to be up to 700,000 per square yard in some places! This natural resource threat is being taken very seriously in Washington State, one of the last three unin- fected states in the U.S.


That is why Washington State’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is partner- ing with the Dogs with Jobs, one of the nation’s leading conservation-canine organi- zations. Dogs with Jobs held an intensive two week training for WDFW Sergeant Pamela Taylor on how to handle her new partner Puddles. This training began in California, and just this last week continued with advanced training on the historic Lake Powell, Arizona, in association with the U.S. National Park Service. This in- volved pouring a very highly diluted sample of 34-200 microscopic veligers into everything from small, air-tight plastic trays underneath pallets, to trailer-lifted test boats’ outboard motors in a paved testing area, as well as a kayak hull atop a large SUV. “The capabilities of these dogs is amazing. Puddles’ ability to detect these in- vasive mussels will no doubt be a major asset to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife” stated Sergeant Pamela Taylor.


Sergeant Pamela Taylor was instructed on how to handle Puddles and commented “Debra DeShon is an amazing trainer and has given me the tools and confidence to be sure our states first AIS detection canine will be a success”. The training for the handler was on how to be the dog’s partner, and attentive to her unique cues and personality! This cultivates a dynamic synergy that’s key to a Mussel Dog’s success and a great way to launch WDFW’s new mussel-detection program!

Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat after each outing!






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