Defining a K-9′s 97.5% Accuracy Rate

June 13, 2013 by Doug Moore

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Dogs have won the battle regarding which bed bug inspection method is best.

Just as dogs long ago won the battle of which method is best for bomb detection.  

What our Federal government learned after many years of study, years of testing alternative detection methods, and many billions of dollars spent, was that a K-9 routinely delivered the most accurate results available in establishing the presence of an explosive.

The industry statistic attributed to a dog’s accuracy rate in finding bed bugs is 97.5%, and that’s an excellent percentage.  Yet, there’s only one company in the country that can provide documentation that their dogs tested to that success rate, and that’s J&K Canine Academy in High Springs, FL.   The documentation they can provide is the study that they subjected their dogs to, which was compiled by a 3rd party – the University of Florida. 

The U of F monitored and confirmed the ability of J&K’s dogs to detect the presence of odor of live bed bugs to that percentage in an environment where dogs were penalized for false positives.  Additionally, distractors (non-bed bugs, dead bed bugs, etc.) were in place to ensure their dogs were capably able to differentiate what they were trained to search for.

I’ve seen two pest control companies in the news recently that “borrowed” this 97.5% statistic when affirming the quality of their company-owned inspection dogs. While their intention was earnest, their dogs were not J&K Canine graduates.   In an environment where some companies are self-training their dogs, or using local kennels to provide scent-detection K-9 training, it goes without saying that any trainer’s accuracy rate claim should be documented & available upon request.  

Having two of J&K’s graduates certainly adds to our confidence when we’re hired to perform bed bug inspections throughout the tri-state area, and we never hesitate to promote the dog’s training background.  

If you have any questions about a dog’s detection capability, please call us anytime and we’ll be happy to explain in further detail.

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