Why Use Synthetic Scents To Train Dogs In Drug Detection

There are a number of reasons for using dogs as detectors when searching for drugs and explosives. Sniffer dogs are trained specifically to work with their senses and usually always their sense of smell in particular. Detection dogs can identify a variety of substances such as explosives, illegal drugs and blood.

Trained Dog In Drug Detection

Some police dogs are trained to locate both narcotics as well as a person/s who may be hiding from the police, other dogs are also trained to search out human remains as well as currency that has been hidden. Dogs have therefore become a highly valuable tool in the criminal arena.

Kits can be purchased to develop this training amongst the security dog sector. The products stimulate the odour of a drug or explosive and can be used in conjunction with both genuine explosives and illegal drugs in order to formulate a comprehensive training programme in the forensic sector.

Advantages of training kits

These training kits have some distinct advantages over the use of a genuine drug or explosive, mainly because no license is required for the possession of a scent training kit. Therefore they can be used in built up areas without any cause for concern as they are safe and effective for training exercises in public areas and buildings.

  • They are also safe to handle.
  • A dog can be trained on one particular scent and detect many different types of explosives.
  • They introduce a new paradigm in scent detection science.
  • Effective training can be established in a variety of different climates.
  • They provides a full spectrum of explosive detection scent markers.
  • Realistic training can be offered and is allowed in built up and civilian environments.
  • Dogs can be trained to detect all explosive weight equivalents.
  • They can help to reduces False Alerts.
  • The training kits are available in both parent and surrogate odour configurations.

ScentLogix™ is a training aid that is specifically used for this. It has been tested on over 120 experienced detector-K9’s which have been used from over 12 government, police and private facilities from different locations spanning three continents. These dogs have been previously protocoled and trained in the detection of illicit and hazardous materials using the real and authentic materials. The results of this study by ScentLogix™ can be found below and show the effectiveness of this training method and the kits that are produced.

Dogs trained on ScentLogix™

  • Dynamite: >98% detection at first pass
  • RDX: >98% detection at first pass
  • TNT: >98% detection at first pass
  • Smokeless Powder: >98% detection at first pass
  • Semtex: >98% detection at first pass
  • TATP: >97% detection rate at first pass
  • Cocaine: >98% detection at first pass
  • Heroin: >98% detection at first pass
  • Meth: >98% detection at first pass
  • Ecstasy: >98% detection at first pass

Dogs trained on ScentLogix™ initially and then trained on detection of the real drug or explosive.

  • Dynamite: >99% detection at first pass
  • RDX: >99% detection at first pass
  • TNT: >99% detection at first pass
  • Smokeless Powder: >98% detection at first pass
  • Semtex: >98% detection at first pass
  • TATP: >97% detection rate at first pass
  • Cocaine: >99% detection at first pass
  • Heroin: >99% detection at first pass
  • Meth: >99% detection at first pass
  • Ecstasy: >99% detection at first pass

By Harry Price

Harry Price is a writer and freelance artist from the south coast.  He lives with his wife and 3 dogs.  In his spare time, he loves running, cooking, rockclimbing and sailing.

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