What kinds of mold will the Mold Dog find?
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.
Do mold spores have distinctive smells?
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.
If some molds are bad for humans, won’t they 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 purging ability.
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.
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.