The Scent of Fear or Panic
Human Scent and Fear from a Dog's Point of Viewby Amber Higgins
|An excellent working Bloodhound getting credit for his work in Florida, from my Incredible Sue and Homer Bloodlines|
Search Dog Handlers have long known that each emotion in a person produces different scents or pheromones (detectable chemical substances) that our dogs are able to detect and follow. Prison Dogs are known to be able to detect a criminal who fears getting caught in a crowd of people who are not afraid and Area Search dogs are able to find lost subjects by smelling panic in the air because a person who is lost soon becomes disorientated, confused and panics, if they are trained for these panic pheromones.
Qualified K9 Trainers can purchase different synthetic scent or pheromones from chemical laboratories that manufacture scents and chemicals for perfume, medical drugs and research companies. Access to these chemicals is not allowed to the public because of the danger of some of the available chemicals.
A 2011 study published in Science magazine showed that tears act as a chemo signal or a chemical substance detectable by others. Not only did men who sniffed tears (which were brought on by negative emotions) find photographs of women’s faces less attractive, the men also reported that they were less sexually aroused, and the scientific data backed it up.
Not only are dogs able to detect different emotions and scents but also people can unconsciously detect whether someone is stressed or scared by smelling a chemical pheromone released in their sweat, according to researchers who have investigated the underarm secretions of petrified skydivers.
This is very interesting and explains why some dogs react to people who are afraid of them and also helps the dog handler to read the dog better through understanding how emotions affect scent.
Click here to read the article in The Guardian
Pictured below is Bloodhound Search Dog Lilly and her owner/handler Tammy; about 2002
The dogs were right, like they always are. The police upon opening up the floor and walls found the bodies of the couple who had been missing for months. It was an incredible and horrible discovery and closed a very well known case. Thanks to the dogs and Tammy dedication.
Never under estimate a dog's nose, especially a Bloodhound.
Below is great article I thought you might find interesting about a how a dog’s nose should be cared for and why the nose is so effective in tracking down odors.
On the Whole Dog Journal Page, Dr. Randy Kidd, DVM, PhD explains “The dog’s nose may be his most powerful organ and it is certainly one of the most dynamic of all animal systems, with activities that range from basic smell detection, to sensing fear, to memory, to emotions, to mate-and pack-selection, on to a genetic history carried from one generation to the next.
Fortunately, disease does not often way lay its functional capability, and fortunately again, most of the diseases of the nose are easily treated naturally.
You can read more of the article by clicking this Link
Some of my dogs who are related to those in the pictures above; 3 Pictured below were certified SAR
|A few of my Wrinkledpups Dogs from 1997-2013|
|Rea Valley's Incredible Sue 1996-2007|
Foundation Dam of Wrinkledpups
Certified Expert Level Mantrailer
active duty 1998-2005
|Wrinkledpups Daisy Mayham 2000-2013|
She helped write the book
Teach your dog to find you in the
Tracking Dog: Theory & Methods K9 Scent Training: A Manual for Training Your Identification,
Tracking and Detection Dog (K9 Professional Training Series)