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The Working Nose

Education into the canine nose including classes both in person and online for training your dog's nose.


 Dogs Are ...


Dogs that are responsive are alert and aware — they are giving responses. ... A dog who has enthusiasm is more responsive than one who is quiet and seems bored.

Responsiveness is the ability of an organism to adjust to changes in its internal and external environments. An example of responsiveness to external stimuli could include moving toward sources of food and water and away from perceived dangers.

There is hardly any creature in the world that you’ve come to adore more quickly than your dog. While you’re getting to know them better and getting accustomed to their habits and temper, you’ve realized that your canine friend is more than just an ordinary dog – it seems like they are keenly aware of their surroundings, almost as if they could even speak if they had a suitable speech apparatus. If this is the case, be sure to stimulate the cognitive and creative capacities of your dog because it’s a shame to let it go to waste. Have a look at our suggestions and, of course, feel free to adapt them to your dogs needs. 

A dog who is animated  is lively and showing they are full of life. An animated dog loves what it's doing, does not cower or try to hide when asked to do something and is not reactive out of fear. 

Their sense of smell is at least 40x better than ours. ...
Some have such good noses they can sniff out medical problems. ...

Dogs can sniff at the same time as breathing. ...
Some dogs are incredible swimmers. ...
Some are fast and could even beat a cheetah! ...

If you’re a dog owner, you probably already know just how awesome dogs are. They fill your life with love, loyalty, fur and plenty of reasons to smile.

According to a study by Nova School of Business and Economics, dogs in the workplace can lower stress, improve communication, and foster social cohesion when a flexible organizational culture is in place. 

Well, in a nutshell, dogs look cute. With their large, round heads, big eyes that face forwards, soft fur and floppy ears, dogs simply look very appealing to us. They also behave in an endearing manner, with their clumsy movements, nuzzling noses and wagging tails.

Working Dogs can sniff out ...

Our home and work enviornments can be full of things that adversely affect us. Mold, toxic cleaning products, undetected asbestos, mice and rats, termites, formaldehyde, radon, .

Environmental toxins can cause serious health effects when exposure is allowed to accumulate, but it is important to remember that the poison is in the dose. Problems usually result from prolonged or excessive exposure; the occasional use of a plastic cup probably won’t hurt you!

A study out of Florida International University evaluates the use of scent-discriminating canines for the detection of laurel wilt-affected wood from avocado trees. Julian Mendel, Kenneth G. Furton, and DeEtta Mills have ferreted out a possible solution to a serious issue in one corner of the horticultural industry, and then ascertained the extent to which this solution is effective.

United States Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Agriculture Canine (K9) Hardy captured America’s heart when he discovered a 2 lb. cooked pig in checked luggage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Not long before that, one of his canine pals found pork sausages in canisters of baby formula at Washington Dulles International Airport.

It takes intense training to get a Customs and Border Protection K-9 up to snuff. German shepherds, Dutch shepherds, Labs and beagles are the primary breeds CBP employs. At facilities in Virginia and Texas, trainers spend 12 weeks teaching dogs how to search for a wide range of controlled substances, including heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana.

“As of this last year they were added the ability to detect fentanyl,” Brogni said.

As a recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Infection Control demonstrates, two trained dogs, Angus and Dodger's scent-detection capabilities have helped the staff at Vancouver General Hospital gain some new insight into where C difficile is hiding out in the hospital, and how it's spreading to those places.

One thing they learned is that patient rooms aren't the only environmental reservoir for the pathogen.

Over an 18-month period, a research team that included Bryce and Zurberg found that, of 391 positive alerts from Angus and Dodger (out of 659 searches), 321 (82.1%) were in the general hospital environment, mainly on hallway items. More than half of the hits in the general environment (192/321, 59.8%) were on items almost exclusively handled by healthcare workers, such as carts, equipment that measures and monitors patient vital signs, and staff lockers. There were also alerts in areas shared by the public, including waiting rooms and public bathrooms. 

Perhaps the condition dogs are currently most famous for detecting is cancer. Dogs have been able to sniff out a variety of types including skin cancer, breast cancer and bladder cancer.

There are quite a few stories of a pet dog obsessing about an owner's mole or some part of their body, only to discover in a doctor's appointment that the dog was actually sensing cancer.

For example, Canada Free Press writes of a 1989 instance when a woman's "dog kept sniffing at a mole on her thigh but ignored other moles. In fact, the dog had actually tried to bite off the mole when she was wearing shorts. The woman consulted her doctor, the mole was excised, and the diagnosis confirmed a malignant melanoma.

In the last couple decades, researchers have looked seriously into dogs' sniffing abilities when it comes to cancers. In studies, dogs have successfully been trained to detect the disease using samples from known cancer patients and people without cancer.  


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