Friday, August 08, 2008

Dog Talk: Sniffer Dogs


We saw some K9 unit dogs at the airport last week. Very sweet looking dogs and so clever!

The dogs we saw were a collie and a lab. In theory any sort of dog with the right attitude can work as a sniffer dog. But in practice some breeds have some natural advantages over other breeds.

Dogs with bigger muzzle like bassets and labs have more scent receptors than dogs with short snozzles like pekingese. Also, hounds were bred to have big long ears that "scoop" up scent from the ground and waft it right into their noses.

Anyway, the Dog Talk column is out tomorrow in the Weekend section of the Malaysian national daily, The Star - print version only.

As usual here are some links to info about Man's Best Friend's sniffer...

Search and Rescue Dogs Great for kids who want to learn more about search and rescue dogs.

Dog Games Some ideas for playing hide and seek with your pet. Not sure about the food thing, especially in our tropical climate rich with bugs but the other games look like great fun.

Electric Nose Could Put Dog Out Of Business A CNN article about threat detecting technology.

How A Dog Can Sniff Through Concrete
Interesting BBC article about sniffer dogs.

Dogathon Tomorrow's dog games day in Serdang's UPM college. Check it out!

7 comments:

Tesla said...

Sank yoo for visitin meh blog. I hopes we can become furrends

Evergreen loves Kilroy said...

Thank you for the very enlightening post about woofies!

Criz Lai said...

Hmm... did I smell some woofies around here? Haha.. that proved that we cats are good sniffers too :P

http://crizcats.blogspot.com/

Just Sharlene and My Spice Cats said...

K9 dogs? Wow! Is it in Malaysia airport?

Kitikata-san said...

Wow, I made a dog post too! Meow!

katztales said...

yes, we have a K9 unit in Malaysia!

Just Sharlene and My Spice Cats said...

Wow! I hope I see some in action next Thursday. Hehe...