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How to Train a Bomb Dog

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Security dog trainer Zane Roberts and Forbes contributing editor Joshua Levine talk about how dogs are trained to search for bombs and other hazardous substances and how they’re used. Joshua Levine wrote about it in “The Education of a Bomb Dog” in the September issue of Smithsonian magazine.

Guests:

Joshua Levine and Zane Roberts
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Comments [4]

Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from bk

Unfortunately, many of these dogs die in the course of their service: in Iraq and Afghanistan especially. We have no right to put them in harms way if it means they could lose their lives.

Aug. 21 2013 08:09 PM
Amy from Manhattan

If the scent dogs Leonard named have good olfactory function, what are the characteristics they don't have that keep them from being good as bomb-sniffing dogs?

Aug. 21 2013 12:50 PM
wendy from Delaware County

On a related matter, it seemed to me that if there had been bloodhounds in Boston, they would have been able to track Tsarnaev. Are bloodhounds still used?

Aug. 21 2013 12:50 PM

Perhaps the guests could say something about the use of dogs in detecting the presence of bed bugs?
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"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man." - Mark Twain

Aug. 21 2013 12:48 PM

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