The training of police dogs is rigorous and costly, taking up to three years to complete. Most dogs specialize in certain odors. Narcotics dogs are trained to identify the smells of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs, while bomb detection dogs learn to sniff out certain chemicals.
Dogs trained to identify a person’s unique scent can be used for man trailing or search and rescue missions. Cadaver dogs can detect human remains 100 feet underground or at the bottom of a body of water. Aside from a sophisticated sense of smell, suitable dogs for this work must possess a hunt drive, high energy levels, and an obsession with reward.
- Canine sniffers are no longer an anomaly in the policing biz. Besides finding drugs, these dugs can suss out bombs and dead bodies.
- Cadaver dogs, also known as human remains detection dogs, can find bodies even when the remains are decades old.
- These dogs have discovered bodies 100 feet underground. They’ve even detected remains buried submerged under deep water.
“You’ll often see these dogs in airports, train stations, and at large-scale events. Narcotics dogs learn to identify the smells of drugs like marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and crystal meth.”