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Scent Dog Site Investigation

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Piper - Scent Dog

At Aegis Environmental, we have used the super sense of smell a dog has for environmental applications, specifically detecting petroleum contamination. Like dogs trained to locate chemical traces of accelerants for arson investigations, our scent dog, Piper, is trained to detect traces of petroleum such as crude oil, diesel fuel, and gasoline. It is estimated that dogs can detect scents 40 feet underground. When petroleum is found in numerous locations, Piper is trained to pinpoint the area where petroleum concentration is greatest.  At this time, Piper has retired from fieldwork.  She is routinely in the office every afternoon.

Piper The Scent Specialist

During fieldwork, Piper’s handler will aid her towards success in multiple ways. This includes utilizing all known information about the site and the suspected contaminants. Piper’s handler will draw upon his experience to develop a search plan, giving Piper the best opportunity to locate the desired odors. When, or if, anything of interest is found, the area is marked, and the appropriate professionals will take over. Dogs can detect trace amounts of materials, which would be almost impossible to find using other means. Piper is a valuable and unique asset trained to help site investigators locate the area where contamination is present. Ultimately it is up to the investigator to ensure the information provided by Piper’s search is valid and used in a valuable way.

When putting Piper on a job site, our goal is to identify the source of contamination quickly, potentially saving time and money in investigation costs for our clients.

FAQs About Piper The Scent Specialist (Scent Dog)

Is Piper really a scent dog or simply an office pet?
Piper fulfills both roles at Aegis and is our most popular employee among people calling the office; many people want to hear more about Piper. She spends most afternoons in our Greenwood office relaxing and visiting our team members in their office. She is a highly trained scent dog.

What kind of dog is Piper?
Piper is an English Cream Retriever, a breed very similar to Golden Retrievers. The most apparent difference between a Golden and an English Cream Retriever is their coats’ color; English Cream Retrievers are generally lighter in color.

What is she trained to find?
Piper is trained to find petroleum contamination. Piper can detect traces of petroleum such as crude oil, diesel fuel, and gasoline.

What happens when petroleum is in multiple locations on the property?
When petroleum is present in numerous locations, Piper will pinpoint where the petroleum concentration is the greatest. Piper will “paw” the area where she detects petroleum to communicate her find with her handler.

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Jillian Holloway
Jillian Holloway
March 1, 2023
Mya was thorough, knowledgeable & friendly! She went above and beyond to help today! She has a strong background in environmental science and an excellent work ethic! She made sure our questions were addressed and took the time to explain her findings! Keep it up!
Mélanie Clapiès
Mélanie Clapiès
June 23, 2022
We had a fantastic experience with Aegis all along. They were prompt answering and scheduling us for an inspection. Jonathan Hoover came to check our basement for asbestos. He was very knowledgeable and took the time to kindly answer our many questions. It was so reassuring to work with someone so professional, patient, and so accommodating! I would absolutely recommend working with Aegis and won't hesitate hiring their services again in the future.
Rumeet Mehta
Rumeet Mehta
May 30, 2022
Best service, highly recommend!
Kyle Dougherty
Kyle Dougherty
May 24, 2022
Mya was my technician and was quick and easy to work with. Their prices are higher then the others but to me it was worth it since they kept their promise time to get results. This made things much easier for me since I was waiting for these results for my mortgage. Thanks Aegis!
Vance Nonno
Vance Nonno
April 12, 2022
Aegis provided excellent service. The inspector/worker, Jonathan Hoover, that came out was very polite and knowledgeable. I would recommend Aegis Environmental for any residential asbestos concerns.
Seth Wilcock
Seth Wilcock
January 28, 2022
Fantastic company to work with. I'm under contract to buy a home and an underground storage tank was discovered by my home inspector. After a call with Aegis, they were able to get out to the property quickly to assess the problem. Turns out, there are FOUR underground storage tanks present since the property is multi-family. They have been very thorough, professional, and communicative to work with so far. I highly recommend working with them for any/all of your environmental remediation/cleanup needs.
Lily May
Lily May
December 1, 2021
Jonathan was extremely responsive and answered any questions I had immediately! I appreciate his willingness to update me every step of the way and provide me with results I could feel confident in. Highly recommend doing business with this company! You can tell they truly appreciate their customers and put 100% effort into every test!
Andre Malone
Andre Malone
November 9, 2021
Excellent Service. Tech was very informative
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