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Old 06 January 2010, 06:03 PM
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Comment: Is it true that the dogs used at airports to sniff out drugs are
actually kept hooked on drugs, so they crave the drugs they are supposed
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Old 06 January 2010, 08:58 PM
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Comment: Is it true that the dogs used at airports to sniff out drugs are
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So how do they teach them to detect explosives?
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Old 06 January 2010, 09:47 PM
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I would think that it would be more advantageous for drug sniffing dogs to be bred for sniffing well like they are now and and training them well instead of actually feeding them drugs and not having them correlate the being high sensation (which would be a detriment for anything working)
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Old 07 January 2010, 07:33 AM
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From all the documetaries I saw on TV, this is not true. The dogs (and sometimes pigs) are trained with a toy that contains the drugs and is hidden for them to search. Once they find it, they get another toy as a reward, this one not containing any drugs.

This way, the dog is trained to "find and announce things smelling like this, and you'll get a reward". Just like any other dog trained for searching anything - be it lost persons, animal tracks or whatever.

I doubt the negative effect a drug addiction would have on the dogs' live span would be in the interest of the police force owning and training them, either.

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Old 07 January 2010, 07:46 AM
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I wonder if the OP ever read this satirical article?
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Old 07 January 2010, 07:51 AM
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This is a pretty common UL - I think I first heard it in my teens or twenties. What Don Enrico said is correct. If the dogs find drugs concealed by the trainer, they get a reward - but are trained not to touch them.

Here's a desciption.

http://www.seefido.com/html/drug_sni...specialize.htm

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Old 07 January 2010, 07:58 AM
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I wonder if the OP ever read this satirical article?
Love this from the comments:

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“My name is B—— G——, and I am a police K-9 trainer. I would like to know where you got your information. You are very misinformed. A drug dogs reward is his toy. Its all a game to him. An apprehension dog is adjetated, made suspicious but never mistreated. You are the dumbests ****ing idiot in the world and you need to do your homework instead of assuming. What redneck told you how to train dogs? A drug dog is not fed drugs, or his spirit destryed. But e build confidence. A fearful dog is of no use, just as a little punk know it all such as yourself.”
My name is Chief Constable ---- ----. Your application to be transferred from the K9 unit to the detective unit has been rejected. This is primarily based on the suspicion that if you can't detect satire at this most obvious level, I find it unlikely that you will be able to detect whether or not a murder suspect is lying during questioning; even if the suspect becomes adjetated.
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Old 07 January 2010, 08:19 AM
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Comment: Is it true that the dogs used at airports to sniff out drugs are
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Maybe somebody saw this Family Guy episode.
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Old 07 January 2010, 03:57 PM
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Maybe somebody saw this Family Guy episode.
Funny episode but that UL has been around forever. I remember hearing it from kids in elementary school (1980s) when the D.A.R.E. officer would come tell us about drug dogs and to stay off drugs.
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So how do they teach them to detect explosives?
What about cadaver dogs? EEEWWWWWWWW!!!!
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Old 08 January 2010, 01:14 AM
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The odours used to train cadaver dogs are synthetically manufactured.
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The odours used to train cadaver dogs are synthetically manufactured.
Not the manufacturing job that I strive for.
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Old 08 January 2010, 01:47 AM
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Probably not a factory you want to live next to either
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Old 08 January 2010, 01:54 AM
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The odours used to train cadaver dogs are synthetically manufactured.
That is not what a person I work with said that was training her dog to find dead bodies. She said they trained on a course with real dead bodies. They were warned of this, because they and the dog may need a bath when they got back home. Also the trainer may themselves see the dead body and it is best to get though that in the early training. They did use synthetically manufactured odours as well, since there were a very limited number of train sites with real bodies. The use of bodies for training may vary from state to state.
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