Dogs are amazing creatures. They are smart, playful and intuitive. We teach them to play fetch, to roll over, and do other tricks. They seem to understand and react to our attitudes and emotions. They become our friends and companions. But the skills and abilities of dogs can go far beyond what most pet owners realize.
It is said that a dog’s sense of smell is somewhere between 1000 and 10,000 times better than a human’s. While that ability is great for finding a buried doggy treat, it is also an ability that has been used to find mold and terminates in pet inspections, uncover leaks in pipe lines, detect cancer cells in human urine, and locate missing pets. More commonly, a dog’s sense of smell is best utilized to protect our communities through Police and Search teams.
Police pups use their noses to track down criminals, sniff out drugs, weapons, bombs and other illegal materials, and do other jobs human police officers don’t have the ability to do as well as a dog can. A dog’s nose not only picks up spell better than a human’s but it also picks up smells more precisely. A dog can discern a specific smell even when there are other smells around it.
In addition to police work, the dog’s sense of smell is utilized to locate missing persons. It’s smelling ability, along with its ultra-sensitive hearing and night vision often allow a search team to reduce their time searching, which in turn greatly increases the chances of finding the missing persons alive. Some experts have estimated that one team of search dogs can be as effective as 20 to 30 trained human searchers. What incredible animals!