Understand How Working Dogs Are Trained and Deployed
One of the first things you should attempt to learn is how dogs are trained to detect odors, what factors can impact their success rates, and whether the trainer has considered the complexities of deploying canines in a place of work.
Dogs that are trained utilizing reliable and repeatable processes can accomplish amazing things including the detection of a variety of diseases in clinical settings. Applying this detection capability in a field environment is a more complex endeavor and organizations should lean on potential providers to determine if their canines are a good fit for the needs of the organization.
Before interviewing organizations about their potential COVID-19 Detection Dog solutions, you should consider conducting research into the use of working dogs, their training, and deployment in security operations.
“A review of US Army Publication 190-12 and Chapter 1 of the ASIS Protection of Assets manual would be a good place for you to begin your research,” says Dimmick. “After your research you will have a better understanding of canines in general and whether they are the right solution for your organization or tenant.”
Suggested Screening Questions
Mr. Dimmick provided some potential screening questions organizations should consider asking any private company or trainer offering the services of COVID detection dogs:
You should also ask the provider for an opportunity to interview the handler(s) that will be assigned to your organization.