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Scent Work Uni: All About Scent Work Podcast
Want more Scent Work training tips? A behind-the-curtain look at what your instructor or trial official is going through? Geek out on all things Scent Work? Then give our All About Scent Work Podcast a listen! We post new episodes regularly, and are certain you will enjoy it.
The Science of Emotions: Jaak Panksepp at TEDxRainier
Given an inherent subjective nature, emotions have long been a nearly impenetrable topic for scientific research. Affective neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp explains a modern approach to emotions, and how taking seriously the emotions of other animals might soon improve the lives of millions.
Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab - Barnard College, NYC
Our primary interest is understanding, scientifically, the dog's experience: what it is like to be a dog. Our studies aim to get a handle on what dogs perceive and know by presenting them with puzzles, novel objects, and short games at the lab with their owners.
This link is to a list of publications which can be obtained from Barnard College.
Canine Olfaction: Physiology, Behavior, and Possibilities for Practical Applications
Dogs have an extraordinary olfactory capability, which far exceeds that of humans. Dogs’ sense of smell seems to be the main sense, allowing them to not only gather both current and historical information about their surrounding environment, but also to find the source of the smell, which is crucial for locating food, danger, or partners for reproduction. Dogs can be trained by humans to use their olfactory abilities in a variety of fields, with a detection limit often much lower than that of sophisticated laboratory instruments. The specific anatomical and physiological features of dog olfaction allow humans to achieve outstanding results in the detection of drugs, explosives, and different illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, or infectious disease. This article provides an overview of the anatomical features and physiological mechanisms involved in the process of odor detection and identification, as well as behavioral aspects of canine olfaction and its use in the service of humans in many fields.