Training a dog to locate C-diff


TRAINING AND MORE TRAINING



A dog and his nose.

The scent of C-diff

THE SCENT



This liquid is produced in Ontario by a PHAC licensed microbiology lab.

The content of this glass bottle is sterile supernatant from culture of Clostridium Difficile.

Right, it holds the odour of C-diff without the nasty pathogens.

50 cotton tips are place in a glass specimen jar, we add 2cc's of sterile liquid C-diff, shake and let marinate for 48 hours. A single tip is placed in a small metal box with a sliding cover. The "hide" is placed for the dog to locate, and receive his reward of a tiny chunk of dried liver. Yum Yum. Do this a thousand times....

THE TRAINING


It's all about infection prevention and control.

The dog training method we use is the industry standard of scent work. Most dogs are good at this, but it takes a significant and unique program to be successful at finding c-diff in your hospital.

He and his handler devote hundreds of hours to refine their skills. The training never ends....


c-diff dog Finley

We'll happily share details and records about our training program.