The author behind this blog is a professional animal trainer, specialised in scent work, Karita Häkkinen.
I have Further Qualification for Animal Attendants, specialised in animal training and I work as a scent detection dog handler and trainer at Anticimex Finland. I have years of experience on scent work and it’s many variations with working dogs and different kind of scent works with professionals and dog enthusiasts.
My interest in scent work first started when I attended a course on pet trailing in 2009. Later on I studied to become an animal trainer and to specialise on behavioural problems of dogs. To specialise in scent work, I attended a scent dog training program and trained myself a mold dog to use in my then current day job. By the time the dog was almost ready to work, I heard about the need of bed bug detection dogs in the company I worked in. With the skills I had, I got the opportunity to train the first bed bug detection dogs in Finland and Anticimex globally. The project was so successful, that I started to work with the dogs full time at the pest control department. Today the company has four certified bed bug detection dogs working full time and the number is growing.
I also have my own dog training company that I started in 2011, Eläinpalvelu Niin kivaa! It offers a variety of courses and lectures for dog enthusiasts and professionals. Nowadays my main interest lies in different applications of scent work and cooperation between the working dog and its handler.