Question: What breeds of dogs can be
used to detect mold?
Just like with bombs or drugs, many different
breeds of dogs can be trained to detect
mold. Hunting breeds are great tracker dogs -
particularly effective are Labs, Border Collies, Jack Russell Terriers,
Aussies, Beagles and other combinations of these
Question: What are the general
characteristics you look for when choosing to train a
Bill looks for dogs that are friendly, energetic,
intelligent and have plenty of drive.
Question: How old are the dogs you train?
Bill looks for dogs that are 10 months to 3 years old.
Question: How many years will a mold dog
be able to work?
Eight to ten years, barring any physical or other
Question: How long does it take to train a
It takes between 600 and 800 hours of individual
training to completely train a dog to accurately detect mold.
Question: Where does Mold Dog get its
Bill rescues most of the dogs he trains from the Humane
Society of North Pinellas in Florida. However, Bill
train owner pets provided the pet meets certain
personality and instinct criteria.
Question: What kinds of mold will the Mold
A Mold Dog is specifically trained to alert (sit) on
at least eighteen different kinds of the most common
toxic molds. If a dog alerts, there is a
mold issue which signals a moisture problem, i.e.:
leaky pipe, etc.
Question: Do mold spores have distinctive
Yes. In fact, dogs can smell active or inactive mold
spores. It's the same with arson dogs and lamp
oils listed as odorless - human's can't smell the oil,
but dogs are able to smell it.
Question: If some molds are bad for humans, won't
also be bad for dogs?
No. Dogs have an amazingly acute sense of smell
and a unique ability to purge odors and other
contaminants from their olfactory organs.
Consider that the outdoor environment contains
thousands of molds, pollens and other allergens.
We know that when dogs go outside, they are constantly
sniffing the ground and anything else they can get
into. Research suggests that dogs are simply not
affected by various particulate matter in the same way
that humans are affected because of their unique
Additionally, thousands of arson dogs in the U.S. and
elsewhere are constantly exposed to significant
amounts of toxic fumes and no adverse health effects
have been documented in more than 15 years of their
use. Finally, Mold Dog
handlers receive extensive training about when and how to use
dogs in building structures, ie: if visible mold is present,
there is no need to use a dog.
Question: Does a Mold Dog need ongoing testing
and evaluation to essentially stay “calibrated”?
Yes. Upon completion of the initial training
period, the dog is certified to detect and pinpoint at
least eighteen different kinds of the most common
toxic molds. Thereafter, each Mold Dog receives quarterly
testing and annual recertification.
More questions? Please call 1-800-Mold Dog