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Working Like a Dog

Video Description:

This video includes:

Mark Marsolais and David Brownell “Training Canine Skills in a Non-Canine Culture: The Training for Iraq Local Nationals as Detector Dog Handlers, Trainers and Supervisors”

David Brownell and Mark Marsolais share their experiences developing Iraqi nationals into skilled detection dog handlers and trainers. Training personnel from a non-canine culture presents challenges as well as successes. David and Mark share many valuable lessons learned in a case study of starting up and managing a successful detection dog project employing personnel with little or no exposure to a working dog.

Bonnie Bergin “Dog Training Therapy for PTSD”

Bonnie Bergin introduces Paws for Purple Hearts, a unique program in which dogs are part of the clinical therapy provided to our returning Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers. She defines the curriculum utilized by Walter Reed Army Hospital and other institutions to teach Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder how to train service dogs. Once trained, these dogs will be placed with other soldiers with combat-related injuries.

Ciara Gavin “Allergen Detection Service Dogs: Practical Uses and Training”

Ciara Gavin is the founder of Allergen Detection Service Dogs, a Colorado based company that trains dogs to detect traces of specific allergens (e.g. peanut) in the environment. She speaks honestly about the benefits and potential pitfalls of using dogs for this purpose.

Also included in this 2 part video is:

  • Gayle Watkins “Baby Noses: Introducing Scents to Neonate Hunting and Tracking Dogs”
  • Dee Bogetti “Training the Diabetic Alert Dog”

Presentation by: Mark Marsolais, David Brownell, Bonnie Bergin, Ciara Gavin, Gayle Watkins & Dee Bogetti

Copyright © 2013, Tawzer Dog LLC

Presenter Bios:

About David Brownell:

Mr. Brownell has over 30 years canine experience as a handler, trainer, evaluator, and program manager. For the past seven and one-half years, Mr. Brownell has served in Iraq as the Middle-East Program Manager and Senior Canine Trainer for G4S 3C (formerly RONCO Consulting Corporation). In this capacity, Mr. Brownell has developed, implemented, and monitored the company’s patrol, explosive detection, narcotics detection, and other canine programs for clients that include the U.S. government, the Iraqi government, the United Nations, several non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and several commercial energy companies. Prior to his program management role, Mr. Brownell was the Senior Canine Trainer for the U.S. Department of State’s Baghdad Embassy Security Force (BESF). He successfully developed and supervised BESF’s explosive detector dog (EDD) training program, which employed three dedicated trainers and 125 canines. He has instructed and evaluated hundreds of explosive detector dog teams, SAR/Disaster dog teams, and human remains detector dog (HRDD) teams at the local, national, and international levels. Mr. Brownell assisted in developing SAR/Disaster and HRDD programs for several citizen-volunteer groups, and police departments (e.g., Houston Police Department), and helped draft the proposed evaluation standards for the U.S. Public Health Service/Disaster Mortuary Recovery Team (PHS/DMORT) cadaver canine program. His handling experience includes assignments as a U.S. Army Military Working Dog (MWD) handler with a Patrol Narcotics Detector Dog (PNDD), a Schutzhund handler and trainer, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster dog handler with Texas Task Force – 1, and a SAR handler and trainer with Dallas’s Search One Response Team (SORT). As a handler, he has conducted thousands of searches for explosives in high threat areas, searched at disasters (e.g., Shuttle Columbia Crash; Lancaster, Texas tornado) and criminal investigations (e.g., Friendswood, Texas abduction and murder).He is also coauthor of the Brownell-Marsolais Scale: SAR-Disaster Dog Screening which was published in Advanced Rescue Technology Magazine (November, 2000).

About Mark Marsolais:

Mark Marsolais, Ph.D., is a canine services specialist with comprehensive business experience as a director and manager of detection dog programs at the international and national levels. For fours years, he provided strategic leadership and technical guidance to new and existing programs for a Washington, D.C. security firm. He successfully initiated, advised, and assisted with the planning of all facets of canine detection activities (e.g., mobilization, training, operations, and QA/QC) while working with corporate and program management, clients, and senior training cadre. He was responsible for determining the future opportunities and direction of corporate canine services. In addition to his corporate experience, Mr. Marsolais has an extensive academic background as a professor of criminal justice and forensics. He served over twenty years with the Houston Police Department including four plus years where he supervised the department’s canine detail. At HPD, he participated as a handler and supervisor in innumerable searches for criminals, victims, human remains, and evidence. He is a Vietnam-era Veteran of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Mr. Marsolais holds a Doctorate in Criminal Justice, and Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology.

About Ciara Gavin:

Ciara Gavin is the founder of Allergen Detection Service Dogs. She trains dogs to alert to allergens in the environment to help prevent people with severe food allergies from experiencing potentially fatal anaphylactic reactions. In this emergent field, she has trained 19 of the estimated 50 allergen detection dogs in use nationwide. She is co- author of the Allergy Alert® Dogs Training Curriculum course for new detection dog handlers. In 2012 she organized the first national allergen detector dog competition, bringing together different organizations to encourage open discussions and improve long-term maintenance training of these dogs. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and is a former Air Force K-9 Handler. She served both overseas and stateside at the U.S. Air Force Academy and worked alongside the U.S. Secret Service, protecting former Presidents and international dignitaries. She now lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband, three children and a farm full of animals, including her retired military working dog, the (in)famous Laika Beans.

About Bonnie Bergin:

In 1975, Bonnie Bergin originated the concept of “service dogs,” dogs trained to help people with mobility limitations. She founded Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) in Santa Rosa, California, to be the provider of such dogs, expanding CCI to centers in New York, Ohio, Florida, and southern California. Her research into dog personalities provided an objective, reliable method of placing service dogs with clients. She also identified key concepts in service dog selection: low arousal, low predation, and low initiative among other traits, and coined the term “unobtrusive helpmate”. Believing that all assistance dog organizations in America and around the world, guide, hearing, service and social/therapy should talk to and share ideas with one another, she argued for the creation of and became the founding President of Assistance Dogs, International. Additionally she was asked by the U.S. Justice Department to help develop the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations regarding assistance dogs and was invited to the Rose Garden to witness President George H.W. Bush’s signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 1991, she left CCI to found the Assistance Dog Institute to educate others on how to train service dogs and to develop service dog programs thereby reducing the horrendous 5-10 year wait. The Institute expanded into the world’s first university awarding Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in dog studies. In 1992, Bonnie responded to the Delta Society’s request for help to start what has become their very successful People Pet Partner’s program. The National Disaster Search Foundation also asked for her help in development of their search dog program. Despite a Master’s and a Doctoral degree, Bonnie believed that working with dogs had taught her the most about life, so she began a program whereby teens at-risk trained animal shelter dogs and later service dogs for people with disabilities. For that she received Oprah’s “Use Your Life” award in 2001. Believing that individuals with disabilities needed representation in theassistance dog world, she invited a group together to create an organization provisionally named the Assistance Dog User Council (ADUC). This group has morphed into the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) currently offering many benefits to their members. Simultaneously Bonnie created the Assistance Dog United Campaign (ADUC), a program that provides vouchers to low- income individuals with disabilities to take to the program of their choice to get an assistance dog. Like IAADP, this organization is about empowering the dog user, in this case financially, to ensure their voice will be heard when applying for a dog. ADUC has granted hundreds of vouchers and program development grants. Her research into early puppy training moved well beyond the norm such that pups at the Institute now begin their training at 3-3.5 weeks of age. This early learning not only teaches a pup how to learn but it makes lasting behavioral impressions in the mind of the adult dog. In October 2000, with the help of ANECAH of the Netherlands, Bonnie gathered a group of European programs together to share in the results of her research, while simultaneously seeding the beginning of a Euro-Assistance Dog organization to hopefully become a part of Assistance Dogs International. This dream is now reality with both the European organization in place and its membership in Assistance Dog International secured. Bonnie has spoken or taught in numerous countries around the world, notably Canada, Europe and Japan. Unfortunately, her flight to Buenos Aries was cancelled on 9/11/01. Reading increases problem-solving skills in humans. Teaching dogs to read visual symbols in the form of word commands to build their service dog problem-solving skills became another of her goals. With a Stanford University study supporting her work, tests show that the dog has sufficient cognition to respond to doggie stick figure postures with no prior training beyond the initial word reading exercises. Bonnie also employed Institute dogs to sniff out the presence of the female vine mealybug’s pheromone in local vineyards thereby locating the pest before it spread through the entire vineyard. In appreciation of her work, the Institute’s Board of Trustee’s renamed the Institute, the Bergin University of Canine Studies. The Assistance Dog Institute’s name will remain in use as a division of the university. Dr. Bergin has made a contribution to the lives of both disabled individuals and dogs by expanding the capabilities and role each is able to assume in society.

Published Books:

Author: Teach Your Dog To Read. Broadway Books, 2006. Author: The SMARTEST DOG: The Selection, Training and Placement of Service Dogs. Assistance DogInstitute, 1998. Author: Bonnie Bergin's Guide to Bringing Out the Best in Your Dog. Little Brown and Company, 1995. Television Series: 1994 You and Your Great Dog. - KQED TV Dr. Bergin hosts series

Awards and Recognition:

2001Angel Productions “Use Your Life Award” [Oprah]

2000Daily Point of Light – George Bush’s Presidential Points of Light Award

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This video qualifies for 2.25 trainer CEUs