(Above): Training a puppy on bio-detection using a scent rack

Dogs can smell in parts per trillion. Kyoko finds it very rewarding to train dogs to use their incredible olfactory abilities to achieve results that lead to solutions and information to help conserve endangered species, eradicate invasive species, and detect diseases in even their early stages.

Detection dogs and/or detection dog training can be provided for conservation, bio- or medical- work. For those organizations that do not already have program dogs, Kyoko can provide assistance in assessing and procuring a puppy or adult dog that fits your program’s needs.

Target odors that can be trained include:

* Endangered or invasive species (plants, fungus, live animals, animal carcasses, animal scat)
* Biological matter and diseases
* Allergens (e.g. tree nut residue)

(Above): Handling cancer samples in the lab

Consulting services can be provided to help you or your organization plan a new canine detection program or troubleshoot an existing one. For conservation programs, this will include developing strategies that utilize meteorological data and location-specific environmental factors to maximize detectability rates and efficiency. Canine handler training is also available for your staff.

Please email or call for more information or to get a quote for your program.


Kyoko is also available for hire as a detection dog handler. Serving all islands. Please email or call for pricing.

(Above): With one of her conservation detection dogs Bodhi


Photos copyright Kyoko and Tor Johnson