Striving for Best Standards and Practices: Recommendations for Optimizing Assessment and Performance of Ecological Scent Detection Dogs

  • Brian B. BoroskiEmail author
  • Lauralea Oliver


Ecological scent detection dogs have assisted humans with biological surveys for over a century, and a wealth of peer-reviewed publications has resulted. Although use of scent detection dogs has expanded to become more formalized, it remains relatively limited within environmental regulatory and industry sectors. This chapter addresses some of the constraints and perceived concerns that agencies and similar entities may face in employing ecological scent detection dogs as a monitoring tool. Here, established sampling protocols, recommended trials and testing, and suggested approaches for standardization are offered to further increase awareness of the advantages of utilizing ecological scent detection dogs in relation to the quality and reliability of the information and datasets that may be generated.


Detection Dog Standardization Rigor Handler Performance Type I error Type II error Ecological survey Biological surveys Monitoring Protocol Best Practices 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.H. T. Harvey & Associates, Fresno OfficeFresnoUSA

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