How Detection Dogs Are Sniffing Out Ways to Save Lives, Businesses, and Ecosystems

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How Detection Dogs Are Sniffing Out Ways to Save Lives, Businesses, and Ecosystems

by Alessandra Rizzotti, GOOD Partner

November 10, 2013

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Paul Waggoner, Associate Director of the K9 Detection Research Institute at Auburn University is training Vapor Wake Dogs to detect the scent trails explosives leave in the air, specifically through crowded public spaces, like the metro or malls. Working in a gas dynamics lab at Penn State, Waggoner was inspired by seeing how heat was directed behind a person as they moved. He trained dogs to detect and follow the scent trails that are left behind in the air. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, this method could change how we ensure public safety, and has been deployed through the Amtrak police and TSA. Waggoner says, “Time and time again it’s been proven that dogs are the most capable detection tools.”

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