FAQ

Are dogs that special? Aren’t Artificial Noses better?

Better in what way?

It is true that Artificial Noses don’t shed and they won’t need a drink. They won’t retire at age 10 with hip dysplasia. Certainly, there are different options in detection and conservation work, but none are better than dogs. Dogs can’t be patented, which is the most important reason bio engineers see it as their goal to pursue lucrative technology instead.

At cdi, we believe dogs, people and technology should work alongside each other for optimal results. Keeping up with research, we are confident the ultimate Artificial Nose is but a vision and won’t put detection dogs out of business any time soon. We are sticking with our pack.

For 4:27 minutes’ worth of entertaining and easy to understand facts about the workings of a dog’s nose, watch this TED Ed talk:

Never heard of conservation dogs. Are they new, and have they been tried and tested?

They are certainly not new. And yes, they have passed many tests with great ease.

With overwhelming success in terms of money saved and fast results since 1890, governments in Africa, Australia, Canada and New Zealand have a long track record of trusting these dogs to give the best possible turnaround.

Perhaps it helps to think of other detection dogs first, like the narcotics detection dogs working in airports, making all of us worry if we packed drugs by mistake. The Pentagon used explosives detection dogs in Afghanistan and Iraq, after first investing over 17 billion dollars in 5 years in technologies! Using detection dogs and their handlers proved much more successful than any technology previously used.

In another area, cadaver detection dogs are fastest and most successful at locating human remains, while sensors are still to be optimized to get comparable results.

Involving detection dogs needn’t be a complete overhaul, or an all or nothing decision. Our cdi detection dogs don’t have to replace anything or anyone. They are better than any other method, and will greatly complement and speed up the work of biologists, surveyors, developers, ecologists and researchers in a more thorough and cost-effective way. Why not let everyone do the work they are best suited for, and delegate the rest? We like to think we work smart that way.

Who are cdi’s typical customers?

So far, we’ve not come across a job that was too big or too small. We are enthusiastic to get stuck in, and we are geared up to work with government bodies, corporate or private organizations, fisheries, the construction industry and individuals. Even grandaunt Mary’s front garden got a thorough look-over for Japanese Knotweed recently (thank you for the copious amounts of tea and biscuits, grandaunt!)

  • We can assist with detection work on-site or provide input for surveys and research.
  • We can tailor training for new scents and provide detection dogs for purchasing by customers.
  • We can be booked for speaking engagements.

Discuss your requirements with us.   If we are best equipped to carry out the work for you, we will come up with a suitable approach.

Can I hire a cdi dog and work it myself?

Unfortunately not. On some jobs our dogs work in pairs, and you would be hiring a 1 or 2 dog-handler team. When clients have recurring needs and want to purchase a conservation dog, we do offer limited training options and dog-handler team refresher sessions. However, it is usually more cost effective and efficient to hire an experienced cdi team. 
Having experienced handlers also maintains the quality of our dogs and keeps their detection skills sharp.