From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

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From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

A team member from NPO Japan Rescue Dog Association and his dog search for victims in Rikuzentakata, Miyagi prefecture in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Specially trained dogs have been known to sniff out explosives, drugs, missing persons and certain cancer cells, but author Alexandra Horowitz tells Fresh Air ‘s Terry Gross that extraordinary olfactory abilities aren’t just the domain of working dogs. A rescue dog plunges into the sea with its instructor during a patrol at Riva dei Tarquini in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Rome in August 2010. Horowitz says that all dogs have the ability to create "a picture of the world through smell," thanks, in part, to the design of their snouts. A canine’s nose is "stereoscopic," she explains, which means that each nostril is controlled separately, allowing the dog not only to detect a particular smell, but also […]




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