Behavioral and cognitive factors that affect the success of scent detection dogs

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dc.contributor.author Troisi, Camille A.
dc.contributor.author Mills, Daniel S.
dc.contributor.author Wilkinson, Anna
dc.contributor.author Zulch, Helen E.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-09T15:46:10Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-09T15:46:10Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Troisi, C. A., Mills, D. S., Wilkinson, A. and Zulch, H. E. (2019) 'Behavioral and Cognitive Factors That Affect the Success of Scent Detection Dogs', Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 14, pp. 51-76. doi: 10.3819/ccbr.2019.140007 en
dc.identifier.volume 14 en
dc.identifier.startpage 51 en
dc.identifier.endpage 76 en
dc.identifier.issn 1911-4745
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7733
dc.identifier.doi 10.3819/CCBR.2019.140007 en
dc.description.abstract Scent detection dogs are used in a variety of contexts; however, very few dogs successfully complete their training, and many others are withdrawn from service prematurely due to both detection accuracy issues in the field and wider behavioral issues. This article aims to review our understanding of the factors affecting variation in scent detection dogs’ learning of the tasks and performance in the field. For this we deconstructed the scent detection task into its key behavioral elements and examined the literature relating to the factors affecting variation in the dogs’ success all across their development. We first consider factors that affect individuality and individual performance, in general, such as temperament, arousal, the handler–dog relationship, training regimes, and the housing and management of scent detections dogs. We then focus on tasks specific to scent detection dogs and critically appraise relevant literature relating to the learning and performance of these tasks by dogs. This includes prenatal and early life exposure and later environment, training regime, and the human–dog relationship, as well as performance limiting factors such as the need to pant in hot environments during work. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Comparative Cognition Society en
dc.relation.uri http://comparative-cognition-and-behavior-reviews.org/2019/volume-14-pp-51-76/
dc.rights © 2019 The Authors. Published by The Comparative Cognition Society under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License en
dc.subject Learning en
dc.subject Performance en
dc.subject Training en
dc.subject Human–dog interactions en
dc.subject Scent detection dogs en
dc.title Behavioral and cognitive factors that affect the success of scent detection dogs en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Camille A. Troisi, Zoology & Ecology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: camille.troisi@ucc.ie en
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dc.contributor.funder Defence Science and Technology Laboratory en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Comparative Cognition & Behavior Review en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress camille.troisi@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.eissn 1911-4745


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