Have you ever watched your dog trying to find something? Or, while going for your walk, have you noticed your dog frantically sniffing a spot like they have found a clue to a pot of gold? It looks like there is some serious thinking going on in their heads. Are they born to be detective dogs? Here are the key characteristics to determine if your dog is the next Sherlock Holmes.
Does Your Dog Have A Sensitive Nose?
A dog’s sense of smell is 10, 000 to 100, 000 times better than humans. Some breeds have a better sense of smell than others.
Typical dog breeds with an excellent sense of smell are the German Shepherd, Bloodhound, Basset Hound, Beagle, Labrador Retriever, Malinois, Pointer, Spaniel
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Is Your Dog Agile?
Detective dogs need to have good balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, strength, and endurance. Moving efficiently will help them to find what they are looking for. Obstacle courses are great for dogs to develop good movement skills. Dogs who are naturally agile love exercise.
Herding dogs are good examples of being able to move efficiently. Other examples of naturally agile dogs are the Golden Retriever, Jack Russel, and Whippet.
Is Your Dog Driven?
That is, is your dog trainable? Dog’s who are eager to learn, make great detectives. Detective dogs must be easily motivated by toys.
Is Your Dog Loyal?
Dogs who are loyal are generally protective and are people-oriented. Dog breeds who are typically loyal include the Border Collie, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Beagle, Akita, Labrador Retriever, Boxer, Dachshund, and Yorkshire Terrier
Is Your Dog Intelligent?
Does your dog have a good memory? If they do they will tend to learn words very quickly. You can practice a memory exercise at home to test their learning ability.
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How Do Dogs Become Detective Dogs?
It begins with the dog’s favorite toy. Scented with human blood, decaying flesh, or bones, detective dogs associate the toy with this smell. To them, it is all a game. Find the scent, they get to play with their toy!
A Dog’s Nose Knows
Detective dogs are trained in all kinds of weather conditions as the scent of decomposition changes with humidity level. They also learn to distinguish between the scent of animals and humans.
Detective dogs pick the scent up both in the air and on the ground. Some are able to pick up the scent from gases emerging from water finding bodies submerged within.
Detective dogs have special skills that put you in complete awe. You can really start to wonder how much your dog is learning next time you are playing ball. Which special attributes does your dog have that make them a secret agent?
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