Have you ever wondered why your dog comes hurdling to you when you open your snack, even though they are not even in the room? How on earth do they know that it is food that you have with you!
Well, dogs have a sense of smell that is 10,000 to 100,000 times stronger than that of humans. Although we now know that this is the reason they can sense our secret snacks, their sense of smell can serve as a useful tool we might never have thought of!
Most of us have heard of sniffing dogs, or some of us may have seen movies where dogs have been specially trained to sniff out illegal drugs or certain banned foods in airports. You might have found yourself wondering how these dogs manage to do their jobs so well, asking yourself if it isn’t just a special skill they were born with.
The answer to your question is yes and no. Although dogs are born with sensitive smell, these dogs have undergone special training to further develop their skills. With over 800-1000 hours of training and a specialized test they have to pass, these skilled sniffers have a 95% accuracy rate when put to work!
Now what exactly do they sniff for? Is it only illegal drugs and banned foods? It turns out that sometimes a dog may be used for a rather peculiar sniffing mission, as in the case of Roscoe the Super Sniffer…
Watch out for Part 2 to find out what Roscoe does and how he does it!
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