Spring is a time for renewal: people begin to act or continue to build upon their New Year resolutions, Major League Baseball teams prepare for the regular season, and college students head to the gym to prepare for Spring Break. But for Wild Goose Chase, spring is a time when nuisance wildlife begin to cause havoc for property managers through nesting and increased numbers.
In order to continue to consistently provide quality property management and environmental services, Wild Goose Chase has developed a rigorous training program for both canine handlers and canines through the guidance of our on-site, full-time canine trainer, Amy Dunlap.
Trained Canine Handlers
Our handlers and canines form a team critical to our service delivery. Upon joining WGC, canine handlers receive a four (4) hour training workshop, and at least 80 hours of intensive training with field a operations manager before going out on route.
During this training the handlers review property techniques, animal behavior, safety, environmental, and ecological items. Such training empowers handlers to make on-the-ground assessments in real time, saving time and money and addressing the problems at-hand.
With over 25 canines working on any given day, it is imperative that our canines all receive weekly training to ensure both safety and effectiveness. To comply with best practices, each canine receives at least one (1) hour of training per workday or twenty (20) hours per month equaling more than 20,000 canine training hours for our company annually.
In addition, Wild Goose Chase has worked with a diverse network of trainers from across the country and has invested heavily in training of and experiential learning for its canines.
A recent example is earlier this month WGC handlers and canines attended the 2016 Penn Vet Working Dog Conference in Philadelphia, PA. This provided an opportunity to train with all kinds of scent detection dogs – from law enforcement to search and rescue and medical alert dogs – and in various terrains.