A better assistant

First hunter, then (and still) herder, now increasingly human companion. In the mid 20th century we started to fully understand the dog’s abilities – especially its sense of smell. In the intervening half-century or so we have discovered more and more ways to take advantage of that exceptional nose.

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From explosives to termites!

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Dogs are now trained to find people, explosives and drugs. They are also used to detect termites and other pests that threaten timber, trees and crops. Human medicine has benefitted from their ability to detect certain diseases and combat stress.

These roles, which also include social and assistance tasks, will continue to strengthen in the future. Importantly, in the third millennium humans will also rediscover activities that led our ancestors to domesticate dogs thousands of years ago.

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