Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meet The Working Dog

McBaine, a cancer detection dog.
McBaine, a cancer detection dog.Credit Penn Vet Working Dog Center
The man best friend has been trained to do many jobs in the past such as for work with the police in search and rescue, bomb detection, sniffing for illicit drugs at airport,  respond to diabetic emergencies, or alert passers-by if an owner is about to have a seizure.  etc... Today, the Working Dog Center "Penn Vet Working Dog Center", part of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, trains dogs for a new task - to sniff out cancer.  

McBaine is one of four highly trained cancer detection dogs at the center, which trains purebreds to put their superior sense of smell to work in search of the early signs of ovarian cancer

Trainers tend to notice early on that certain dogs have natural talents that make them better suited for specific kinds of work.
Trainers tend to notice early on that certain dogs have natural talents that make them better suited for specific kinds of work.Creditwe

According to the veterinarian Dr. Cindy Otto, the founder and executive director of the Working Dog Center. “We do hope that they will help refine chemical and nanosensing techniques for cancer detection.”

The dogs, raised in the homes of volunteer foster families, begin their training at 8 weeks of age, starting with basic obedience classes.
The dogs, raised in the homes of volunteer foster families, begin their training at 8 weeks of age, starting with basic obedience classes.Credit Penn Vet Working Dog Center.


Read original article "Training Dog to Sniff Out Cancer".

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