Medical Detection Dogs
Compared To humans who have around 5 million scent glands, dogs have 1,000 to 10,000 times more scent glands averaging it to about 140 million to 300 million scent glands.
It is a dog’s intricate sense of smell that has captured the interest of the medical world in using dogs to help detect human diseases and to help people who suffer from these diseases such as diabetes to live a more fulfilling life.
In the US, Dogs4Diabetics an organization founded in that 2004 that researches, trains, and places medical assistance diabetic alert dogs with insulin-dependent diabetics are of the opinion that all diseases have a scent associated with the diseases, due to the changes occurring within the body, with different organs expressing different chemical compounds. These scents are evident in breath and sweat.
Dogs have highly sensitive senses and can learn to recognize symptoms from many types of disorders. Dogs are not taught to react to symptoms, but to scent.
But of course, these dogs do not automatically adapt to the detection of these scents. A great deal of training goes into ensuring they acquire the correct smell to carry out their job.
Train to gain
Dogs Must be trained to meet set criteria in order to become medical detection dogs.
- The criterion ranges from their behavior characteristics
- Their relationships with humans (ability to bond and willingness to please)
- Their environment soundness
- To their work ethic
- Response to reward
Dogs are trained to identify the hypoglycemic scent and then are taught to discriminate the hypoglycemic scent from other attractive, but distracting, scents through a series of games and training exercises. The dogs receive positive rewards for identifying the correct scent and for their work.
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