This Article is About
sniffer dogs
cancer diagnosis
healthy dogs
natural instinct
training dogs
shadow of a doubt
titbit
suitcase
ambition
excitement
Sniffer Dogs – A Follow Up Story
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Sniffer Dogs – A Follow Up Story

When re-reading my article on Sniffer Dogs, and researching on the internet, the activity of training dogs for cancer diagnosis is receiving more and more attention. This, I consider tremendous, as anything that can aid in early detection of this dreaded disease, a bonus.

Now, no one can argue the fact, dogs, enjoy aiding the human race, the chronicles attesting to this are many and diverse, but what is the dog thinking? The chronicles of dogs saving people's lives from fires and drowning, surely proves that they can think. The success of sniffer dogs, discovering drugs and explosives at airports, others sniffing out food at Australia's customs points, dogs trained to lead the blind and to aid the disabled, proves beyond any shadow of a doubt, that we are dealing with a highly intelligent animal.

Has anyone stopped to think what is going on in the mind of the dog? The dog discovers explosives hidden in the suitcase of a terrorist at an airport, what's the first thing that happens? The dog receives a reward, when in training, a food titbit, and when trained, a toy or an item that shows the pleasure of the handler. The food titbits become less, as the dogs weight and health is now considered, fat dogs are not healthy dogs. The dog is probably disappointed, after all, the natural instinct of animals is food and water. But the dogs ambition is to please the handler, his excitement captivating, and when demonstrated, the dog is happy.

If the opportunity arises for you to watch these dogs in action, watch carefully, an item discovered, the dog receives it's toy, the handler however creates a scene of excitement and the dog will bound around toy in mouth. What is it thinking? “I'm going to get food. I'm going to get food.” and a little later when none is forthcoming “no food! what do I have to do for those titbits of old?”

We as humans, tell the small untruths, on occasions, when work requires avoiding for a day. “Sorry, not feeling well today, will not make it into work, probably tomorrow.” all pronounced with a false voice depicting flu. The Boss knows it is not true, but will not argue the point, he might be proven wrong. What of the dog, wakes to a bad day “Here we go again sniffing bags all day for little or no reward, don't feel like playing with that darn toy today, can't I have a day off?” The handler arrives, fastens the dogs leash, probably pats the dog and asks if the dog is ready for work. “ No I'm not!” the prompt reply, but is the message understood? No, they will go to work and do their duty, unaware the dog is not in the mood. The dog naturally performs his duty, as they are happy, when the handler becomes so excited at a discovery.

The point I want to make, how will the Doctor or Oncologist demonstrate the pleasure of discovery. It would be bad taste to jump up and down with excitement, imagine you are the patient, and the Doctor is smiling and prancing around to demonstrate his felicity for the dog, or dishing out titbits or toys. They then have to turn to you, and with a straight and grim face tell you, “I am so sorry to tell you, but you have cancer.”

“What cancer have I got? How will we treat it? What's next?” These being the natural questions and reaction to being told you have the dreaded disease.

“Don't know yet, we will now have to investigate further. But Isn't it a good dog?”

I think the natural reaction to that question, is probably best behind the closed doors of the examination room.


Street Talk

Sniffer Dogs, training dogs for cancer diagnosis just continue to show just how awesome dogs are that they just people with four legs.

Reply
  about 6 years ago

such true words spoken! I study animal behaviour, and their intelligence is shown daily, the smallest of nuances that the show can tell you so much

Reply
  about 6 years ago
You May Also Like
Sniffer Dogs - How Far Can they Go?
I read a fascinating article on the training of dogs to “sniff” out cancerous growths in humans, as well as a scientific development in the creating of a mechanical sniffing device. Now my fascination hinges from my love for dogs and their habits. The messages that are read in their…
By:  in  Pets  >  Dogs   Feb 08, 2012  
8
  Likes: 2

Sniffer Dogs – An Australian Tale Or Tail
The Australian sniffer dogs hard at work. This, a TV series, that for us in the southern hemisphere, kind of scares you to visit Australia. This series began in 2004 on a local Australian channel and reach our shores a year or two ago. Now I love dogs, and I…
By:  in  Pets  >  Dogs   Feb 28, 2012  
13
  Likes: 4

How to Think Outside the Box? Use Creative Loafing
I wonder what you thought when you saw the words ‘How to think outside the box”. Did you heart sink? Okay, so the expression has got a bit of a bad press in recent years . There’s many a worker who’s wanted to scream when their manager their manager has…
By: BIS_Coach in  Self Improvement  >  Creativity   Nov 16, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

The Pink Ribbon Myth
Another friend has just been diagnosed with cancer. Therefore, another friend is going to be put on the cancer merry-go-round that will use chemicals and knives to 'treat' this horrible disease. But this merry-go-round will not go round the prevention wheel. If prevention is never spoken of, the conditions that…
By: Dr Becky Spacke in  Health and Fitness  >  Womens Issues   Apr 19, 2012  
12
  Likes: 7

Is Cancer Just A Number?
How many people do you know that have been touched by cancer? How many of you have been touched by cancer? The statistics are quite mind boggling when you look at them. As of January 2008, the National Cancer Institute estimated that there are nearly 12 million U.S. citizens living…
By: Joseph Primm in  Cancer   Mar 13, 2012  
2
  Likes: 2

How To Detect Multiple Myeloma Cancer?
Multiple myeloma cancer diagnosis is a way of tracing and analyzing tumor-growth that infects plasma cells in bone marrow. It is also useful to understand intensity and origin of the disorder and is helpful for implementing suitable multiple myeloma cancer treatments at proper time. Another main advantage of multiple myeloma…
By: carenlee in  Cancer   Jun 01, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Healthy Dogs Require Knowledge on Dogs Treatment
We all want healthy dogs, which makes our dogs treatment a number one priority for many of us. The most important thing we can do for our pets is to consider a good diet and exercise plan. What do you know about proper diet and exercise for your pooch? Diet…
By: Ted Mauro in  Pets  >  Dogs   Aug 11, 2011  
1
  Likes: 0

Cruelty to Animals (dogs), Part II
Cruelty to dogs can be in the form of overcrowded, unsanitary conditions which lead to disease and even death. But it can manifest itself in far more appalling forms. We will look at some of these. Dogs are social animals. They will live in packs if left to their own…
By: jerrys1945 in  Pets  >  Dogs   Feb 18, 2012  
1
  Likes: 1

Medical insurance for dogs, picking a provider
Many people are buying medical insurance for dogs these days. Many dog owners believe that medical insurance for dogs is just like medical insurance for humans. It is not. It's actually a form of property insurance and works just like your homeowners insurance. If your dog has a problem, or…
By: Cary Richards in  Pets  >  Dogs   Aug 15, 2011  
2
  Likes: 0

Has My Dog Got Sarcopic Mange? – 3 Symptoms And 2 Kinds Of Treatments
Anyone can get it How does one know what kind of mange your dog is suffering from? It seems even vets struggle to locate and identify these microscopic parasites using their expensive equipment. It is dangerous for us as laymen to try and determine a pet’s type of mange. If…
By: frank rijkers in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jan 26, 2013  
1
  Likes: 1

Can I Get My Ex Back? - Secrets Of Making It Happen
Immediately following a breakup is a critical time for your emotional health, and your chances of getting your relationship back. Although you feel like all of the control has been taken out of your hands, it's easy to feel like giving up is your only option, but it's not. You…
By: Isabella Rose in  Relationships  >  Reconnecting   Nov 10, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Reasons to Choose A Patient Driving Instructor Weston - super - mare
Individuals who would like to make the learning how to drive process enjoyable should start by hiring a competent, friendly Driving Instructor Weston-super-Mare. The instructor you choose to work with should ensure you make the most of your Driving Lessons Weston-super-Mare and he should make sure you do not waste…
By: Sheraton Veranda in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Is Alpo Dog Food Possibly One Of The Best Dog Food Brands Ever?
A well known and loved brand – Alpo, which is short for Allen Products, was founded way back in 1936 in Pennsylvania, and is now owned by Nestle. With such a long history, customers where rightly concerned when the brand was affected by the large scale product recalls in 2007.…
By: Mike Nash in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

A Merry Hound - The Beagle
Beagles were developed as scent hounds and used to hunt rabbits and small prey. Today, this popular breed is used for hunting, pet therapy, "sniffing" dogs for law enforcement, and as family pets. This is one of the most popular dogs in the United States due to the temperament and…
By: Doug Fabick in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Get the Best Food From the Renowned Pet Food Supplier In Stoke –on - trent?
The nutritional requirements of the pet animals are different from that of humans. Hence, picking the best pet food from the pet food supplier in Stoke-On-Trent takes effort and thought. All the pet owners are advised to go through the labels to get an idea of the ingredients. Moreover, they…
By: aby in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 2395    Report this Article