Dogs are amazing creatures. No man-made instrument has ever been able to replicate their scenting power and efficiency. We see their natural ability in action every day. And we're passionate about working with them to collect data that matters. Working together, we are an efficient, practical method for obtaining research-quality data with minimal ecological impact.
What do dogs have that we don't? For one thing, their noses have up to 300 million olfactory receptors, compared to about six million in humans. The part of a dog's brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours.
A dog's nose is an amazing design. It has slit nostrils, which allow it to smell continuously on both the inhale and exhale. Using its superb olfactory system, it can determine which nostril an odor arrived in first. This helps it locate a scent in space and trace it back to the source.
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A dog's eagerness to work paired with its odor-finding expertise makes these animals a natural fit for professional detection work. It's no wonder their scenting abilities can help us collect more and better data.
Midwest Conservation Dogs canines can:
Detect plants and animals on land and in water that people cannot.
Conduct efficient searches in a matter of minutes that would take a human hours.
Give results instantly with professional accuracy.
Search for multiple target scents simultaneously.
RESEARCH AND STUDIES
Here are a few publications on the amazing world of scent work.
Smelling in stereo: Your dog does amazing things with its nose, by Anthony Domanico, CNET
Inside the extraordinary nose of a search-and-rescue dog, by Nsikan Akpan and Matt Ehrichs
The Nose Knows: Sniffing Out Cancer at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, by Ashley Berke
What smell looks like, by Nsikan Akpan and Matt Ehrichs