Our first search dog study has just been published in a top olfaction journal, Chemical Senses. As we discuss in this paper, it is amazing how few studies on olfactory cognition, particularly olfactory spatial cognition, have been done on the domestic dog, considering how important they are for search and rescue, drug sniffing and even COVID19 detection. So here’s our first contribution – dogs dynamically shift their search strategy to compenstate for outdoor weather conditions and are able to maintain very high accuracy of finding the hidden human (93% on average).
Jinn J, Connor EG, Jacobs LF (2020) How ambient environment influences olfactory orientation in search and rescue dogs. Chem Senses 45:625–634. https://doi.org/10.1093/chemse/bjaa060