A need for greater inclusivity and diversity in scent detection dog research: a reply to Lazarowski et al. and Byosiere et al

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Troisi, Camille A.
Mills, Daniel S.
Wilkinson, Anna
Zulch, Helen E.
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In this response to the commentaries, we highlight the relevance of our approach to different challenges faced by working dogs and those working with them. We agree with Byosiere, Feng, and Rutter (2019) that sourcing dogs from nontraditional routes would be beneficial and highlight the importance of using our approach to realize the potential of these animals. Further, Lazarowski, Waggoner, and Katz (2019) highlight the importance of different cultural approaches to training; again, we believe that this, in combination with our suggested approach, is likely to be fruitful. Finally, we agree with the commentaries that it is essential to further investigate the mechanisms underlying performance to fully understand the factors that influence success in working dogs. Better understanding the factors that are important in shaping success in the field will be an essential step to reliably deploying more successful working dogs
Human animal interactions , Welfare , Working dog
Troisi, C. A., Mills, D. S., Wilkinson, A. and Zulch, H. E. (2019) 'A Need for Greater Inclusivity and Diversity in Scent Detection Dog Research: A Reply to Lazarowski et al. and Byosiere et al', Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 14, pp. 87-89. doi: 10.3819/ccbr.2019.140010