A scent detection dog, detection k9
or sniffer dog
is a dog that is trained to use its senses to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs,
wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband such as mobile phones. The sense most used by detection dogs is its sense of smell.
Detection dogs are used for law enforcement purposes; however, they are also used as a valuable research tool for wildlife biologists. Detection dogs are also trained to discover termites in houses
, on boats and a two year study was conducted with the Martin Dominick using dogs to detect termites in power poles for a large company in N.S.W
. Detection dogs also tend to be employed for the purposes of finding and collecting the feces of a diverse array of species, including Koalas, Endangered Spotted‐Tailed Quolls,
Dingo and Turtles. This process is known as wildlife scat detection. The K9 Centre was also heavily involved in Australia’s first AFB Bee
Disease Scent Detection BAZ .
Detection dogs are also seeing use in the medical industry, as studies have revealed that canines are able to detect specific odours associated with numerous medical conditions, such as cancer and now trials are underway on Covid 19