This month’s interview is a fun, artistic topic – dogs and poetry. My guest speaker is poet and philosopher, Rachael Briggs. She is a professor of philosophy at Stanford University, author of 2 volumes of poetry, had a poem selected for Best American Poetry of 2015, and has won the Thomas Shapcott poetry prize and Val Vallis poetry prize. Hear Rachael’s varied selections of favorite poems about dogs, as well as one of her own poems.
The May interview is part 2 of an interview with RobertNoziska. In this podcast we discuss canine motivation.
Robert J. Noziska,serves as the Special Operations Supervisor (SOS) and K-9 Coordinator for theUnited States Border Patrol, Special Operations Group, headquartered in ElPaso, Texas. SOS Noziska has been assigned to the special operations unitknown as BORSTAR (Border Search Trauma and Rescue) since its inception in1998. Additionally, Noziska was the driving force behindthe implementation of the Search and Rescue Canine Program for the BorderPatrol. Agent Noziska, developed the techniques and training methods thatare currently being used by the Border Patrol SAR and Tracking canine teamstoday. Agent Noziska has been training Canine Teams for the Border Patrol since2001. SOS Noziska is a certified Instructor for Human Remains Detection,Tracking/Trailing, Search and Rescue, Obedience and NarcoticsDetection. Noziska was instrumental in the formation of theHorse Patrol Canine teams that are working on the southern border today, andwas the instructor for those teams trained at the Canine Center El Paso in thepast. Agent Noziska is a Master Trainer/Lead Evaluator/Instructor for:United States Border Patrol, North American Police Work Dog Association,National Association of Search and Rescue, National Search Dog Alliance and theNational Narcotic Detector Dog Association. SOS Noziska has turned his focusand his unique skill set on training U.S. Government personnel and other Stateand Local agencies. His success is not only qualified by training invarious canine disciplines, but includes his sound understanding of search strategies,man-tracking and the Global Positioning System. Due to his unique skillsets he has trained dog teams for foreign government agencies and has acted asa consultant for many agencies within our own government. Additionally,Noziska has been credited for the training of “Back-tracking Canines” for theBorder Patrol.
My featured speaker today is Whitney LaRuffa, a long distance hiker and backpacker with 17 years of experience. He has through-hiked the Appalachian Trail, served two seasons as an Appalachian Trail ridge-runner, and hiked the John Muir Trail, Wonderland Trail, Timberline Trail and Tahoe Rim Trail. He has served as president of ALDHA-west (American Long Distance Hiking Association-West) and served as a planning member of the Pacific Crest Trail Days. He has backpacked with two trail dogs, Erwin and Karluk.
Listen in for an interview with Matthew Zarella, Connecticut State Trooper and IPWDA (International Police Working Dog) master trainer. Matt tells us about the new documentary film Search Dog, as well as chatting about some of his experiences in his long career as a canine search and rescue handler.
Join today's podcast for a conversation with Dave Hall, author of winter in the Wilderness. He is an outdoor survival expert, and we will be talking about winter survival, with a special focus on fire making and shelter building. Dave is also founder of Primitive Pursuits, a nonprofit wilderness education program located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
Episode 36 of the Search Dog Podcast for November 15, 2015 features an interview Dr. James Serpell, professor of Animal Ethics & Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He also directs the Center for Interaction of Animals and Society. His research focuses on the behavior and welfare of dogs and cats, the development of human attitudes toward animals, and the history and impact of human-animal relationships.
In the podcast, Dr. Serpell talks about the C-BARQ, which stands for the Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire. This is a tool he developed to assist dog owners and professionals with standardized evaluations of canine temperament and behavior.
Dr. Serpell has published more than 100 articles and book chapter. He is the author, editor, or co-author of several books. He has been featured in numerous TV and radio shows including PBS specials on NOVA and NATURE and on the BBC’s Pedigree Dogs Exposed.