Ruger is a bad dog, and that’s why he does his job so well. Just ask Megan Parker, the director of research at Working Dogs for Conservation in Montana. When Parker scours animal shelters for her next dog-in-training, she looks for unadoptable, hard-to-handle dogs.
“Bad dogs have an overwhelming desire to bring you things,” she said. “Dogs love telling you what they know. They have an inability to quit.”
It’s that inability to quit that draws Parker to “bad” dogs such as Ruger. “These dogs have an unrelenting drive,” she said. “For a dog that doesn’t stop, you can train that dog to bring you things.”
Parker, a conservation biologist and trainer of detection dogs, admits that “bad” dogs don’t make great pets. Their personalities, however, are perfect for conservation work.