Year: 2018

How Accurate are Search Dogs? – Part 2: Scent Discrimination Dogs

This is the second part of a series on the accuracy of search dogs.  Part 1 looked at Area Detection Dogs. Types of Scent Discrimination Dogs A scent discrimination dog is trained to follow and/or identify the scent of an individual person or animal.  These dogs are described as scent-specific.  In most cases the search …

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How Accurate are Search Dogs? – Part 1: Area Detection Dogs

“The canine sense of smell is legendary and, as with many legends, it is sometimes hard to find the sources and separate scientific facts from urban legends”  – Goldblatt et al. (2009) A well trained search dog should not make frequent mistakes, but how accurate are they?  How often do search dogs miss locating what …

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Review of “Successful Search Methods Used to Locate Missing Cats and Likely Locations Where Missing Cats Are Found”

This is a review of a research paper published in Animals (2018) on “Successful search methods used to locate missing cats and likely locations where missing cats found,” which was a collaboration between researchers at the University of Queensland (Australia), Missing Pet Partnership, Missing Animal Response Network, and Lost Pet Research & Recovery.Study MethodsThis study …

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Pugs Outperform German Shepherds at Scent Detection Test

Dogs breeds commonly used in scent detection work include Labrador Retrievers, Bloodhounds, German Shepherds, Malinois, Beagles and several other hounds and spaniels.  These breeds have traditionally been used as hunting dogs, search and rescue dogs, police dogs and military dogs.  There is a common assumption (in part supported by their large number of scent receptors) …

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