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!