New Rodent Detection Dog
In March 2016 Wildlife Protection Services' rodent dog, Chase, had three puppies. Sired by a mustelid detection dog, the pups had a good set of predator dog genes to start them off!
Odin up front with some of his new Conservation Dog mates on Rangitoto Island, Hauraki Gulf
There were two males and one female. All three looked remarkably identical to their parents.
Before they were born, all three of them had already been allocated to handlers. One would become a Wildlife Protection Services' dog, the other two would go to two different owners from the north island. A contracting handler and also a Department of Conservation dog handler.
At 12 weeks old, the pups, (Odin, Loki and Indy) were finally sent off to their new homes. Leaving Odin at home for the first time without his two younger siblings to continuously scrap with.
Training started early for Odin. As well as a time for exploring and learning new things. We took him down south on road trips, widening his horizons at an early age. Then we started on obedience. He learnt fast, always eager to please and smart enough to figure things out for himself. It wasnt long before rat hunting was introduced.
He loves rats and mice, he lives for the moment he finds one. Has a good nose and is starting to learn how to use it.
This month he was flown up for the first time to the north island, along with his big playmate, six year old fully trained rodent dog, Bailian. Odin passed his Interim Certificate (issued by Conservation Dogs NZ) and he was able to join Bailian on a national rodent dog training meet-up at the Hauraki Gulf. Checking islands like Rangitoto, Motutapu and Tiritiri Matangi.
From left: New pup Odin, Bailian, Chase and handler Leona Plaisier