Training dogs to detect invasive alien species in Japan: Discrimination of reptile odor

Short Synopsis: A single dog was trained to detect the presence of the urine of an invasive lizard. The researchers then demonstrated that she could tell the difference between that invasive lizard and native lizards by scent alone in 2 weeks for both body odor and urine odor. The dog reached 100% accuracy.

Authors: Megumi Fukuzawa, Marina Sasahara

Publication: Journal of Veterinary Behavior

Publication Date: March/April 2019

Applies To: detection dogs, nosework

Sample Size: 1

Limitations/Drawbacks: single subject


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