Okay, I know this is a widely accepted fact, but I just need to say it again. Dogs are amazing!
I am not just talking about how cute and lovable they tend to be. (Although that is included). I am talking about how skilled and useful they are.
Recently, I dove into learning the skills and expertise of these canines. Most college seniors have to complete a capstone course in order to graduate. With my degree, that meant I had to prepare an hour long seminar and present it to over 100 people. Worst hour of my life.
The topic I chose was the olfactory capabilities of canines. After months and months of research I was even more amazed with dogs than I was before.
I focused on cadaver dogs or search and rescue dogs, but also came across research on detection dogs. Dogs can be trained to detect seizure in people before they start and even detect cancer in the body.
During my research I came across a comparison that blew my mind: where a human might be able to detect a teaspoon of sugar in water, dogs would be able to detect a teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic swimming pools of water. (yeah my dog can’t do that, but it means a trained scent dog would be able to).
Dogs can even smell the difference between genetically identical twins. However, they cannot smell the difference between newborn identical twins. I learned a lot about the use of dogs in law enforcement and as aids in forensics. This amalgamation of knowledge is what I am truly grateful for after my seminar.
All animals are amazing and many animals have a better sense of smell than dogs, but only dogs are man’s best friend.
Let me know if you would like more science based posts. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.