Pet Detective Training
If you are interested in pursuing a career as a “pet detective,” please be aware that some states like California and Florida may require that you are a licensed private investigator to offer these services. This generally does not apply to non-profits or volunteer groups.
Missing Pet Partnership (MPP) currently offers Mission Reunite seminars and other in-person training at various venues. For upcoming events, visit their Facebook page. According to their newly designed website, MPP plans to add an online certificate program and search dog training.
Kat Albrecht is the founder of Missing Pet Partnership, a national non-profit organization dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their owners. She offers several online training options for those interested in helping people find lost pets as a professional or volunteer. This course is an expansion of the Missing Animal Response Technician (MAR tech) course that was previously offered by Missing Pet Partnership. I took the MAR tech certification back in 2008 as an on-site seminar and I also took their first webinar training in 2013. I would definitely recommend this course.
Are you interested in training a dog to search for missing dogs or cats? Kat now offers an online, interactive training to help you do just that. Visit the Missing Animal Response Network courses page for more information.
Kat also has an inspirational autobiography about her path as a pet detective. Pet Tracker: The Amazing Story of Rachel the K-9 Pet Detective. See the Scent and Search Dogs page for links to Kat’s other book on training a lost pet search dog.
Pet Detective University
This is a combination online and on-site training program operated by Karin TarQwyn of Lost Pet Professionals. The focus is primarily on finding lost dogs and on training and using search dogs. For more information, visit PetDetectiveU.com. Last time I checked (July 2016), this website only provided a login for current students and no additional information.
Running a Pet Detective Business – books, DVDs and webinars
There really isn’t any information out there specifically on operating a pet detective business. However, there are some good materials available on successfully operating dog-based businesses in general. I definitely recommend Veronica Boutelle’s books and materials from DogTec including one-on-one business and marketing consulting, which I have personally taken.
Boutelle, Veronica. 2014. How to Run a Dog Business: Putting Your Career Where Your Heart Is. Dogwise Publishing.
Boutelle, Veronica. 2010. Minding Your Dog Business: A Practical Guide to Business Success for Dog Professionals. Dogwise Publishing.
These books are also useful for learning how to effectively work with clients and gain compliance. These are often the most difficult aspects of both dog training and helping people find their missing pets.
Wilde, Nicole. 2003. It’s Not the Dogs, It’s the People! A Dog Trainers Guide to Training Humans. Phantom Publishing.
Ryan, Terry. 2008. Coaching People to Train Their Dogs. Legacy Canine.
Vanfleet, Rise. 2012. The Human Half of Dog Training: Collaborating with Clients to Get Results. Direct Book Service.
The Applied Animal Behavior Academy offers some great webinar packages such as the Client Relationship Package and the Dog Behavior Science Package.