[Episode 2] Jo Lock; Nose no Limits

Jo Lock – Bio

Josephine Lock has been providing conservation scent detection services with her canine partner Willow since starting Nose No Limit in 2018 with the help and support of fellow ATA member David Thatcher. She has also been a live-find search and rescue handler for the past seven and a half years. Jo became fascinated with animal behavior as a young child by collecting and observing the animals around her, first at her home near Oxford in the UK and later, in Bahrain where her family lived until she was 15. With a degree in Management Science from the University of Wales and three years of doctoral research on a tool for strategic planning and decision making, most of her career has been spent in the criminal justice and higher education sectors working with human behavior. In 2011 she moved to the USA with her husband and young son and it was here that her fascination with canine scent detection, behavior science and animal training really took off.

Podcast outline

  • 3:30 – Shelly asks Josephine to share her education and work background and how it lead her to the animal training community.
  • 16:40 – Shelley highlights that Josephine mentioned PORTL and asks her to explain a little more about what it is.
  • 19:00 – Shelley asks Josephine to speak more on how she began on her path to working in the conservation world.
  • 22:47 – Josephine shares the differences in the training aspects of search and rescue in-comparison to conservation work.
  • 26:20 – Josephine explains the differences in the indications that Willow exhibits depending on the search task and how she needed to train it in a specific way for conservation work. 
  • 32:10 – Josephine explains the training process she used to adjust the search patterns that Willow uses for conservation work and explains the differences in antecedents required for the different search styles and requirements.
  • 36:55 – Josephine shares another training challenge relating to a current project involved in tagging turtles.
  • 43:55 – Josephine explains the planning and preparation for the next stage of the training plan.
  • 46:00 – Shelley asks Josephine if there is one standout projects that is significantly important to Jo.
  • 56:45 – Josephine shares the discoveries from research data that has been collected regarding bats responses to wind turbines and some of the solutions being addressed.
  • 1:00:30 Josephine explains how she started looking into developing migratory corridors to motivate bats to fly past the turbines and access resources safely.