About Mussel Dogs

Mussel Dogs provides consulting and inspection services for water agency and lake management professionals seeking comprehensive plans to inspect for the presence of quagga and zebra mussels. Mussel Dogs updates your current environmental plan with best practices to achieve efficient, boater-friendly inspections for quagga and zebra mussels. We partner with federal, state and municipal agencies to utilize the most current and effective methods to keep aquatic invasive species out of our waterways.

About Debi Deshon

Debi DeShon is passionate about animals and our environment. Ms. DeShon received a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business and Management from UC Davis in 1987. Afterwards, she attended Moorpark College and earned an Associates degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management in 1989. Ms. DeShon started with Interquest Detection Canines as a canine handler in 1996. She has operated four Interquest Detection Canines franchises since 1999, and has been successfully training and managing canine teams in the detection of illegal drugs and contraband.

Ms. DeShon founded Mussel Dogs in 2008 and has 5 canine/handler teams that detect quagga and zebra mussels. Mussel Dogs has been a key partner in keeping Lake Sonoma, Lake Mendocino and other California waterways free of invasive mussels.

Ms. DeShon has trained detection dogs and service dogs in collaboration with Greendog Project Rescue (GDRP). The Rescued For A Reason program uses canines from the rescue to be trained in many aspects:

 • Brettanomyces Detection

 • TCA (cork taint) Detection 

 • PTSD Service Dogs 

 • Bed Bug Detection

Mussel Dogs provides support services and training to other canine detection teams ranging from illegal drugs to termites

About Popeye, Nemo, Captain, Noah And Sinbad

Popeye is a 8 year-old chocolate Labrador who has been working with Ms. DeShon since 2010. Popeye is the old man of the group and sets the example for the ‘pups’.

Nemo is a 4 year-old black Labrador who was owner surrendered. Nemo is a lover, but is a ‘work horse’ who likes to get the job done. 

Captain is a 6 year-old Heinz 57 from the Rescued For A Reason program.  

Noah is a 7 year-old yellow Labrador mix who loves to bounce. 

Sinbad is our newest recruit. He is a 1 year-old German Shepard.

About Mussel Dogs

Mussel Dogs is operated by Dogs With Jobs, LLC. We were approached by a local lake in 2008 and asked if we could train canines to help expedite the inspection process of watercraft for quagga and zebra mussels. Since then we have been qualified and permitted by California Department of Fish and Wildlife to possess quagga and zebra mussels for training, and now have trained and certified canine teams utilized for inspections.

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Mussel Dogs


 Debi DeShon, Owner

PO Box 238

Denair, CA 95316