Who should participate?

Who should participate?


Decrease U.S. dependence on foreign suppliers of dogs by supporting domestic efforts to provide suitable detection dog candidates.

Provide remote support to program participants, guiding dogs' development from birth through one year of age.

Gather and analyze valuable data on puppies’ development and responses to rearing and training techniques, producing best practices for socializing and training prospective working dogs. 

Who should participate?

Who should participate?

Who should participate?

Interested and engaged citizen-scientists who want to see more domestically-bred dogs used to protect our nation as detector dogs. 

Breeders/owners who are interested in taking on a new challenge, who are willing to work with new ideas, and who will record their progress.


Program Components


Work with your pup!

We have identified seven broad categories of activities. Many suggestions on activity can be found throughout this website. We ask you to submit training activity records on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The form is found here:   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxMAky7W1W6KCHJNHO36TDkx-OC5u-YCfbJNtR84guS8UPzw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

This critically important data will help us identify and establish best practices.


Assess your pup!

Participating dogs complete behavior assessments at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and at 12 months. These are submitted as unedited digital videos. The assessment is not rehearsed or trained, which gives us a reliable picture of character/personality development. There are videos and descriptions of the test on the assessment tab and in the blog. We will email you an upload site when you are ready to submit a video.


Use our resources!

Our goal is to provide program participants an all-you-can-eat buffet of educational material drawn from scientific research and professionals in the detection dog industry. Take advantage of it! Check out the website and blog. Follow the discussion on Facebook. Post videos and ask questions. There's no obligation so use whatever best suits you, as much or as little as you want. We just want to see you succeed!


Interact with the community!

It is very helpful for participants to interact with each other for both inspiration and support. We know there will be great amounts of variation and social media provides a convenient way to share ideas and techniques. 

Closed Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/979960775540962/

Open Facebook page:



Contribute to research!

We are working to connect behavioral traits to their genetic origins.  Complete the Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ)  when your pup is 6 and 12 months of age.  Swab your dog's mouth and return the DNA sample to the AKC.  Contact us for complete instructions on how to participate.

Apply Here!


Labs and GSPs

All other breeds

All other breeds

Labradors and German Shorthaired Pointers are the primary focus of the program due to purchasing agencies' preference; however, we do NOT guarantee sale of participating dogs.

In order to be accepted, the parents of the litter must have all recommended health clearances, based on the parent club’s recommendations. 


All other breeds

All other breeds

All other breeds

Other breeds are welcome to participate, with the understanding that purchasing agencies generally prefer Labs or GSPs, and that we do NOT guarantee sale of any participating dogs. 

In order to be accepted, the parents of the litter must have all recommended health clearances, based on the parent club's recommendations.