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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Best Cat Tracking Devices

Cat trackers come in a variety of options including GPS (satellite or cellular), radio-trackers (or RFID), and Bluetooth trackers.  Contrary to popular belief, microchips do not have any remote tracking capabilities (learn more here).  Being involved in lost pet recovery work for over 10 years, I definitely recommend cat trackers for both indoor and outdoor-access

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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 “Search Methods Used to Locate Missing Cats and Locations Where Missing Cats Are Found”

This is a review of a research paper published in Animals (2018) on “Search methods used to locate missing cats and locations where missing cats are 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 was

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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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Research Studies on Lost Pet Behavior and Recovery

Unfortunately, there are few research studies on lost pet behavior.  This is a list of citations and abstracts of published research papers related to lost pet behavior and recovery.  There are links to a few of the papers.  You may be able to find other papers by visiting your local college or university and checking

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