Drug Detection Dogs: How Your Dog’s Nose Can Smell Drugs

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Did you know that if your dog has a dry or cracked canine nose he might not be able to smell to the best of his ability? Dogs that have healthy, moist snouts have some of the most powerful sniffers on the planet. In fact, dog noses are so detail orientated, canines are used to detect some pretty serious stuff, including crime scenes, bombs, and drugs.

Every day scent dogs are playing the undocumented hero; just a few weeks ago, near the Mexico and Arizona border one drug detection dog discovered $4 million dollars worth of marijuana in the back of a trailer. And in England, a handful of hospitals are adding ‘canine drug sniffer’ to the list of their regular employees. Hospital staff is eager for these dogs, each one trained to alert the right person if the scent of drugs is detected on the hospital’s premise. Canine drug detection is used in many instances, including on school campuses where dogs sniff student backpacks for drugs, or out on the roadways where dogs can sniff suspicious cars for drugs.

How To Train Your Dog To Detect Drugs

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This canine drug dog says: “Too much drug sniffing for one day, my brain feels fried!”

You might be thinking dogs simply love the smell of drugs, like they love the smell of other dog butts, thus spurring them to act crazy whenever drugs are nearby. In reality, training dogs to detect drugs is a process that requires learned recognition of certain smells, and positive reinforcement. The process begins by the trainer and dog playing with a tug toy—often a simple towel. You know how easily pleased dogs are—a towel, woof woof oh my!! This toy comes to represent fun, at which point the trainer begins to add the scent of marijuana, or any other drug to the toy, so that the smell becomes associated with the fun of play time. Now, when trainers go to hide the toy the dogs will seek it out, in hopes of playing a good ol’ game of tug-of-war. Out on the field, when a dog goes nuts, altering their handler of nearby drugs, the dog really thinks they are playing a game, trying to find their favorite toy so that they can have some real fun.

 

 

Well Trained Team of Canine Drug Detectors—But Dogs Will Be Dogs

Word around the kennel, dogs that detect drugs can be valued at around $6,000, and dogs that can smell out bombs are worth up to a whopping $9,000! Although any dog can be trained to identify certain smells, the dogs that make the best drug sniffers are those so curious and smell-crazy you wouldn’t want them alone in your house for fear they’d turn your place upside down. A dog this curious is sure to do a great job smelling out every last detail in a situation.

Still, even the best of the best sniffer dogs will act like, well dogs! Patricia Curtis’s book, Dogs On the Case, recounts amazing and hilarious stories of dogs that work with law enforcement for a living. One story in particular details a cute canine all too eager to play with a tug towel; he actually broke free from his handler, darting between cars at the populated Mexican border. Moments later the canine sniffer reappeared, a brick of marijuana in his mouth. Although he was proud of his find, his doggedness couldn’t be properly put to work—his quick moving actions created complete confusion over where the drugs had actually come from. When a drug detection dog behaves properly though, he’s to alert his handler before running off in search of the drugs, or rather the chew toy.

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Actual thoughts of drug sniffing canine: “If I can get to my toy, I’ll be having fun in no time!!”

Your Dog’s Nose Knows It All

Dog noses are incredibly sensitive and can smell a whole host of drugs, everything from strong smelling cannabis to seemingly odorless drugs, such as pills. Dogs can smell so good that even if drugs are hidden in something else they will know. Case and point, on more than a few occasions drug transporters have attempted to hide drugs in raw meat, that way drug dogs go crazy for the meat, and criminals assume law enforcement won’t suspect anything because dogs simply love meat. But canine detection dogs are smart, well trained and know exactly what they are searching for; the meat might only make them more eager, but they will also think their toy is in the package, a fact no dog will allow their handler to ignore.

The Power of a Healthy Dog Nose

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Your dog depends on their snout to make the most of life, don’t let a dry, chapped dog nose mess with your dog’s favorite sense.

Your dog’s whole life revolves around their little moist sniffer, the moment that their canine nose becomes dry, irritated, or flaky; your dog might be at risk for losing their absolute favorite sense—their sense of smell. Even if your dog is not a drug sniffing canine on a task force, he still uses his nose to identify his favorite things and to learn about the world around him—from what the neighbor dog eats, to the scent of your smelliest garments! Give your dog the pleasure of smelling it all in, if your dog’s nose is chapped or peeling, dry or otherwise abnormal, Snout Soother is proven to work, soothing even the driest dog skin in only a few applications. Our 100% all natural dog product is safe enough to use on humans, but made especially for your dog’s dry nose or paw pads. Dogs make up the bones of a family, give them the soothing relief they deserve—from our family at Natural Dog Company to yours, we are on a mission to save the world, one snout at a time!

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One response to “Drug Detection Dogs: How Your Dog’s Nose Can Smell Drugs”

  1. This was a very interesting article about how drug dogs are trained. I didn’t know that dogs are trained in a way that makes the drug-detecting seem like a game for the dog. I like that the dogs get to learn how to detect drugs using games like tug of war and then simply adding the small of the drugs. It sounds like a great job for a dog and is something they really seem to enjoy.

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