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Apr 4, 2024

Why You Should Listen: 

In this episode, you will learn about the role of mold dogs as a tool used in mold inspection of an indoor environment.

About My Guest:

My guest for this episode is Bill Whitstine.  Bill Whitstine, CMT owns and operates the Florida Canine Academy, which trains bomb, drug, money, weapons, termite, mold, and accelerant detection canine teams.  Several years ago, Bill identified the growing problem of mold in homes and businesses and worked with researchers to further investigate the possibility that dogs could be trained to detect molds.  Bill founded Mold Dog, a subsidiary of the Florida Canine Academy, to train and certify mold-detecting dogs.  Bill has been a leader in the field of canine training since 1989 when he was the first person to attend the Maine State Police Canine Academy in Accelerant Detection.  Bill is the author of the only published book on accelerant detection canines and was the founding president of the Canine Accelerant Detection Association as well as the International Termite Detector Dog Association, which are both international organizations.  Bill has been featured on numerous shows, including several segments on the Animal Planet and The Discovery Channel.

Key Takeaways:

  • How are the dogs protected from any potential harm?
  • What safeguards are put in place to keep the dogs healthy?
  • How are dogs identified to become part of the training program?
  • What is the training program for a mold dog?
  • How many different types of mold can the dogs detect?
  • Are the dogs able to identify Actinobacteria or endotoxins?
  • What is the experience of a mold dog inspection?
  • Can the dogs sense mold in an attic or crawlspace?
  • Do appliances need to be moved to optimize the inspection?
  • How often are dehumidifiers a source of mold exposure?
  • Could there be false negatives or false positives?
  • What should be done in the home in advance of the dog's visit to prepare for the inspection?
  • How many issues does a mold dog alert on in an average inspection?

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Interview Date:

March 18, 2024


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The content of this show is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or medical condition. Nothing in today's discussion is meant to serve as medical advice or as information to facilitate self-treatment. As always, please discuss any potential health-related decisions with your own personal medical authority.