About Us

A note from the President

Welcome to the official site of the WDDO. We are a not-for-profit organization……a group of scent detection canine handlers and trainers with a goal. to improve the field of canine scent detection. We are police officers, fire fighters, public and private investigators, pest control professionals, mold inspectors, search and rescue personnel and others. But one important thing we all have in common is we depend on canine scent detection as a part of our livelihood.

The organization is open to all canine disciplines as it relates to detection, regardless of the trainer. We are a resource center, brining canine teams together for the purpose of better networking and communication. I invite you to learn more about our incredible organization. We hope you will join us in setting the standard!

WDDO members are proud of their certification. The standards are second to none, with only those who can pass a “double blind” test, earning the designation of WDDO Certified Team. WDDO tests scent canine detection teams based on “double blind” testing procedures — a tactic in which neither the tested handler nor anyone else is aware of where, or even if, any hides (samples of the target scent) were placed in a potential test area. One reason for using double blind testing is its acceptance by animal behavior experts and veterinary scientists as a valid method to test the reliability of a canine team as a valid scientific instrument. It also greatly lessens the likelihood of outside influence or assistance, either intentional or inadvertent, from observers.

Currently the WDDO offers certification exams for the following K9 disciplines: Narcotics, Cadaver, Bed Bug, Explosive, Termite, Accelerant and Mold. The WDDO encourages all members to earn their Certified Trainer designation. Our Member Map highlights those who have met the WDDO challenge.

Laura Totis 

Vice President

Past & Founding President:
David Latimer

Director of Quality Control:
Dr. Larry Myers

Board of Directors
The WDDO Board of directors and the end of term date:

Chairman: Larry Myers

Kim Camera

Stephanie Koch

Steve Dodge

Peter Schonemann

David Engelbert

Testing Officials
Contacts for WDDO Certification Testing

David Latimer
Lincoln, AL

Jim Latimer
Vincent, AL

James Ko
Vincent, AL

Dr. Larry Myers
Birmingham, AL

Certifying Officials
Contacts for WDDO Certification Testing

Peter Schonemann, ACE
Winterville, NC pestmanpeter@yahoo.com

Steve Dodge
Murrells Inlet, SC

Jennifer Tantzen
Hayden, Idaho

Ken Hando
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Teresa Rials
Ashland, VA

Julie-Anne Smith
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Call Steve Dodge (202) 374-6900 for information or questions

Terms of Use


Use Restriction: Users are not allowed, without written permission, to copy and/or distribute any WDDO copyrighted or other materials from this World Wide Web (WWW) site.

Warranty Disclaimer: This web site and all of the information it contains are provided ‘as is’ without warranty of any kind, whether express or implied. All implied warranties, including, without limitation,implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement, are hereby expressly disclaimed.

Limitation of Liabilities: Under no circumstances will WDDO be liable to any person or business entity for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other damages based on any use of this web site or any other web site to which this site is linked, including without limitation, any lost profits, business interruption, or loss of programs or information, even if WDDO has been specifically advised of the possibility of such damages.

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Our commitment to your privacy:

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.This website does not record any of your information. Information you supply us, such as e-mail addresses, phone numbers, postal addresses, and other means of contact are not sold or supplied to any other parties. All information submitted by you is completely confidential.