I have a dog in training for bed bug detection this very moment.
Do you have the right dog -- it must be one with very high hunt drive as this is a tedious and meticulous job .
The dog has to be able to pin point and indicate on the presence of one bed bug (which in a few days may have laid thousands of eggs).
Ideally you should have some feeling for reading a dog, some experience in working with a dog in scent work / tracking ...
You may have a GSD but that dog may be 110% wrong for the job.
Number one -- females preferred.
Number two --- is your dog highly socialized , able to go into any environment and work with undivided focus and attention . As part of the job, depending on which company you go to work for , you will be required to go to hotels, apartment units, theatres, car rental , touring buses , private homes.
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(Elle) KIRA . Specifically chosen , now prepared , starting in training on specific scent.
Dogs at end are evaluated and certified . It is a serious business where the owner of the detection company can be sued if bugs are missed . When Nike closes its flagship store in New York because of bed bugs , or hotels are loosing customers , you know that big money is at stake.
Carmspack Working German Shepherd Dogs