We have partnered with breeders, including private individuals, organizations and the Department of Homeland security, to bring in the best puppies into our training program, whether through our own litters or donations of outstanding puppies.
The second step is to optimize the early development of those puppies to maximize their genetic potential and prepare them for their careers.
Our research focuses on the predictors of success at all stages of development. We aim to identify the key genetic factors that provide the potential and the environmental components that allow those genetics to be translated into a successful detection dog.
A key feature of our program is recognizing that each dog’s innate talents can prepare it for a detection career, but not all detection careers are the same. We allow our dogs to “pick their career”, building on their strengths. Puppies entering our program boast a graduation rate of over 93%!
Learn more about donating a puppy to our program.