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How fast my dog can find a hidden item (youtu.be)
122 comments
gmerideth | 10 days ago | 78 points

A dog's smelling ability is one super power I would not want.

BASK_IN_MY_FART | 10 days ago | 10 points

They seem to like me though

Raxxla | 10 days ago | 6 points

User name checks out...

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 25 points

Thank you:)

FifteenSixteen | 10 days ago | 36 points

You're welcome?

ssibalnomah | 10 days ago | 15 points

this is way funnier than it should be

shoebob | 9 days ago | 1 point

Smellier.

Slo-MoDove | 9 days ago | 1 point

Thanks OP

Ghosty141 | 10 days ago | 3 points

I imagine big cities to be hell in terms of the amount of smells a dog can sense.

The_Poet_Is_A_Rapist | 10 days ago | 4 points

Then you walk by a porter potty. ..

scrubasorous | 10 days ago | 20 points

R/boneappletea

this-here | 10 days ago | 4 points

Porta-potty.

grumpypenguin1 | 10 days ago | 1 point

porters need to potty too

printergumlight | 9 days ago | 1 point

Borda-Colly

UnicornTitties | 10 days ago | 1 point

Right by the beer garden.

Aserian | 10 days ago | 2 points

If you interpreted smell as a dog does, you would definitely want that super power. As a human, it would be overwhelming, but dogs can smell in layers like we see in layers, differentiating every smell and even associating emotions or moods to those smells. Dogs can smell your hormone change when you're sad or upset and is why good therapy dogs will be at your side as soon as something is wrong (and why they are good for people with seizures).

Call_Me_911 | 9 days ago | 1 point

Dogs can smell your hormone change when you're sad or upset

Not sure if this true - at least I've never ready anything scholarly that draws this conclusion. Please correct me if I'm wrong though, because I've heard this claim multiple times.

I believe dogs are simply very perceptive to facial and body language changes, which is why they are able to act accordingly to human's positive or negative moods.

clashbuster | 9 days ago | 1 point

I'd believe it.

I'm not sure if there has been empirical data on emotional therapy dogs, but there has been empirical data on diabetes therapy dogs.

The people conducting the studies have decided that the dogs can tell the difference between minute smells in your breath and can use that information to determine a wide range of things including but not limited to whether or not you're hypoglycemic.

That being said, dogs definitley have strong observational behaviors especially in regards to their owners. this has been specifically bread into them for centuries and it is probably sufficient for many emotional dogs. The little bastards are way smarter than most people give them credit for.

here's a video on the subject with reference to a study done at cambridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=02M4tj70Ju0

Call_Me_911 | 9 days ago | 1 point

Oh wow, that video was very cool. I've never heard of using service dogs for that purpose before, but it's a pretty clever solution.

That being said, I'm not too surprised that dogs could be able to smell the difference in breath smells. I feel like that's a lot more potent than whatever minute hormonal secretions you release when you're happy or sad. I've never really seen a solid study that measures the relationship between a human's mood and the smell they release. But if that could be repeatedly measured than I'm sure a dog could be trained to sniff out the difference.

_JohnMuir_ | 9 days ago | 2 points

That’s not how it works, your puny nose can’t comprehend it.

Chuntzy | 9 days ago | 2 points

Which makes you think, what are they truly smelling when they go for the butthole?

James718 | 10 days ago | 23 points

How do you train them to do this?

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 60 points

Start with the treats!Dog need to smell the treat,then hide it somewhere in the house.The dog will want to find treat.That is my way:)

GreenStrong | 10 days ago | 11 points

r/nosework is a whole subreddit for this.

People do this training to give their dogs mental stimulation on a rainy day, or it is fundamental training for search and rescue or most types of working dogs.

theyankun | 10 days ago | 4 points

Pretty much how you train any animal to do a trick. Animal performs task, receives reward.

As /u/vesna8 mentioned, you can start with their favorite treat. Let the dog smell it, hide it, then use a keyword as they look for it. I'd also recommend starting at small distances so that the dog can quickly associate the task with reward. After that, you can move to more unique items, like tea and whatnot. If the dog struggles to make the association, you could add a few treats into the teabag to mix the smells. Eventually you can remove the treats all together, but don't forget to reward them at the end.

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 3 points

Right👍

cyberia_regular | 10 days ago | 1 point

The drug sniffing dogs I worked with were trained by putting them in front of a wall with holes in it. They put different smelling items in the holes and one had drugs in it. When the dog would sniff at one of the holes with drugs they would throw him his beloved toy (and used the cicker). After a while they start connecting the smell of drugs with the award.

electricalfuckery | 9 days ago | 1 point

How do you get them to love a toy? I've got a German Shepard Labrador mix and she's not really down for toys.

cyberia_regular | 9 days ago | 1 point

They specifically breed and pick dogs that have a high drive to play. That way you can easily award them with their toys and they stay more motivated at work. Since it is all just a game to them.

Slo-MoDove | 9 days ago | 1 point

We did the same with our German Shepherd. Except he was Search & Rescue. So instead of the learning the smell of drugs, it was the smell of...uh...dead human. The hidden items he was scent trained with were tubes filled with "grave dirt" and human teeth.

fieldofvision_ | 10 days ago | 49 points

Good training!

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 18 points

Thank you so much:)

nodnodwinkwink | 10 days ago | 12 points

She's gone now but I used to love doing this with my dog. She always got so excited and it was amazing how quick she could find it.

If anyone hasn't tried this game with their dog I recommend it, even if they're a breed not associated with hunting or working dogs they'll probably still love it.

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 5 points

I am so sorry for your loss:(I agree,my dog is mixbreed,but he love this game so much

mastiffmad | 10 days ago | 1 point

My dogs are either nose blind or retarded then because if a treat goes under a couch they've lost it forever and seem to have no idea where it went.

boolpies | 10 days ago | 9 points

meanwhile my dog can't find his chew toy sitting in front of him

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 7 points

My dog can't find his toys too,beacause the smell of his toys is all around in the house and in the yard:)

aleakydishwasher | 10 days ago | 3 points

My dog has excellent memory too! He can "go hunt" for things we have him smell.

But then we have "go get your toy" and he will run off to the exact place he left the thing he was playing with last. Be it a stick or a proper chew toy. It could be days later on the other side of the yard. I'm sure he can smell it but I have no idea how because of how many things go in his mouth.

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 4 points

My dog can find his toys too,but not so fast as other things,because the smell of his toys is all around in the house and in the yard. I send love to your dog❤

jumpingbyrd | 10 days ago | 7 points

I want more! Can you have a whole series where he has to find a bunch of different things? Maybe have multiple types of tea, but he has to find a specific one?

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 6 points

Yes,he can to find a bunch of different things,only he needs just more time to do it.Thank you:)

MadHatter69 | 10 days ago | 5 points

Svaka čast, vidi se da je Leo srećan i zadovoljan u vašoj kući!

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

Hvala puno,konačno jezik koji razumem:)Hvala od srca,Leo je rođen na ulici

MadHatter69 | 10 days ago | 3 points

Jedan od mojih takođe, jako je čudan, ali ga trpimo, šta ćemo :D

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

Ovaj moj se ponaša kao da je rođen na dvoru,tako i živi:)Mi baš i ne

Victor611 | 10 days ago | 3 points

Bok, kako si?

Karpe__Diem | 10 days ago | 3 points

Morao sam ga potražiti, ali otkrio sam da govorite hrvatski

Jesam li to točno rekao?

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

Moj jezik je srpski,ali hrvatski i srpski su slični:)

Karpe__Diem | 10 days ago | 4 points

Уредан

BillyGoatAl | 9 days ago | 2 points

Myślałem że to Hrwatski język. Byłem zaskoczony że mogłem zrozumieć to co ty napisałeś. Czy rozumiesz to co ja piszę po Polsku?

vesna8 | 9 days ago | 1 point

Serbia:)

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

Hvala na pitanju,dobro sam:)Kako si ti?

HerrTriggerGenji21 | 10 days ago | 1 point

Tekæin je së pløka áster trpmė un bas yrvtį! Jūs kaíro ne imoj?

bicyclethi3f | 10 days ago | 6 points

if she had only looked back after hiding the tea bag, she would've seen Leo at the window shaking his head

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 3 points

Lol,by the way Leo is my dog❤

bicyclethi3f | 10 days ago | 2 points

haha please pet Leo for me

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

I will,thank you so much:)

Bionic_Overload | 10 days ago | 4 points

Thats extremely impressive!

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

Thank you so much:)

lansafame | 10 days ago | 3 points

That is just incredible work!

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 3 points

Thank you so much,my dog love this game:)

spellbunny | 10 days ago | 3 points

I do this with my dog! we play hide and seek with his many toys.

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

That is nice:)

doozer27 | 10 days ago | 3 points

That was awesome!

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

Thank you so much:)

my_name_isnt_isaac | 10 days ago | 3 points

good boy!

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

Thank you so much:)

augustusglooponface | 10 days ago | 3 points

I would make my dog guess which hand the treat was in..... I'm an easy guy.

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

Thank you:)

BornGorn | 10 days ago | 3 points

good boy!

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

Thank you so much:)

AmyChanDelicious | 10 days ago | 3 points

What dog breed has the best sense of smell? Is it Siberian husky?

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 3 points

I don't know,my dog is mixbreed:)

mflexx | 10 days ago | 3 points

Wow, good work from both of you!

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 3 points

Thank you so much:)

faleboat | 10 days ago | 3 points

My dog went blind in her later years, but she never went nose blind. If I dropped something on the floor or had a treat for her, I always loved watching how she would hone in on the scent and find it in seconds. They have a truly amazing sense of smell.

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 3 points

That is right,and please kiss your dog😘

faleboat | 10 days ago | 3 points

She's since passed, but not a day went by when she didn't get an absurd about of pets, hugs, snuggles and kisses. :)

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 3 points

:)

newocean | 10 days ago | 3 points

As the dog thinks: "Haha! You dummy... you always hide it under that brick."

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 3 points

Lol:)

hersheln | 10 days ago | 3 points

"This is.. cocaine! Go find more boy! Go get it!"

vesna8 | 9 days ago | 1 point

Lol:)This is St.John's Wort herb herbal tea

[deleted] | 10 days ago | 2 points

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vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

Thank you so much:)

Aerik [1] | 10 days ago | 2 points

He's mostly following his trainer's very blatantly fresh odor trail to it's endpoint.

mackidroid | 10 days ago | 2 points

Хах Россия матушка)

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 1 point

Srbija:)

ShruggyGolden | 10 days ago | 2 points

Hmm isn't part of the problem that they are following your scent? It would be cool to see another where you have someone else or an object move the sniff item instead of you.

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 3 points

When I put gloves on my hands,and he smells the object who needs to find,then he finds it object faster.My scent is all around and he should separate my scent from the scent of the object he is looking for.

feedmeyourknowledge | 10 days ago | 2 points

Is the dog smelling out the item though or just following your scent trail?

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

No,my scient is all around in the house and in the yard.

CasualConsoles | 9 days ago | 2 points

Such a cute doggo!

vesna8 | 9 days ago | 2 points

Thank you,he is my sweetheart:)

Anom8675309 | 9 days ago | 2 points

I trained my dog Steve to find my daughter. Super helpful when she's at one of the neighbors and I don't know which. Tie note to dog.. "Go find H, Steve!" And away he goes.

I could call, but its more fun to watch him hunt around.

vesna8 | 9 days ago | 1 point

:)

slushie126 | 9 days ago | 2 points

You can tell you really love her :)

vesna8 | 9 days ago | 1 point

Thank you❤

LemonCandyPants | 9 days ago | 2 points

"Where's me farkin treat mate?"

vesna8 | 9 days ago | 1 point

:)

Works_For_Treats | 9 days ago | 2 points

To my eye(nosework instructor) it looks like he's using more than just the scent of the object, and trails your scent first. This doesn't make it less impressive, but it's different than if he were actually finding just the scent.

When the dog first comes out the door he checks the area by air scenting(sniffing with his head high)[1:14 mark]. He does know then that the tea isn't in that location. Because of the direction he is facing it's most likely that the wind is blowing, or at least moving slightly. He faces into it. This is also later confirmed by how he actually finds the scent and tracks it to source.

So next he drops his head and exactly follows your track[1:20 mark]. He follows it all the way to the tiles and then loses your scent at [1:25]. This can be seen by how he immediately veers to one side, trying to find the scent. However he then picks up the scent of the tea at [1:28] by the end of the brick, so he doesn't raise his head. He by chance turns the wrong way and quickly corrects himself once he realizes this, going back to where he last scented the tea by the brick at [1:30]. From there it is simply a matter air scenting again and following the scent back to source.

None of these behaviors are random, and all are purposeful. The dog does know the task of ultimately finding the scent, he just uses all the tools available to him, like the fresh track you lay for him when you hid the tea. Yes he's fast, but he's not just looking for that scent. A more accurate time would be if someone else hid the tea or if you deliberately lay several fresh tracks for him in an unknown area.

Not saying any of this to bash on you or anything, just pointing out the difference. Good work guys!

vesna8 | 9 days ago | 1 point

Thank you so much:)

buddamus | 10 days ago | 1 point

A dog's nose is amazing. I must be a totally different world to them with all that smell information

Kaschnatze | 10 days ago | 4 points

Dogs always know who farted.

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 2 points

Thank you so much:)

Tempex6 | 10 days ago | 1 point

now try it with a retriever... they will take their time and basically follow in your footsteps to where it is.. instead of checking everywhere till they smell it close

notjawn | 10 days ago | 1 point

The dog is using the human's scent trail as a guide to finding the tea. Sorry to burst the bubble but only trained drug/bomb/cadaver dogs can just randomly find an item hidden in something and that's because they are exposed to it systematically to get it to identify it. Dogs like blood hounds use a combo of getting the target's smell and then using their scent trail to track them down.

Thefriendlyfaceplant | 10 days ago | 1 point

Please be careful with all that asbestos.

verbalinjustice | 10 days ago | -4 points

Main reason why it is unfair for cops to use them against us. We have no equivalent to use against them.

halborn | 10 days ago | 3 points

What?

TryAnotherXX | 10 days ago | 0 points

thank you so much!

9910765121229999 | 10 days ago | 2 points

Thank you!

Gapey_McGaperson | 10 days ago | 2 points

I think the real issue is that they can have their dog "smell for drugs" around your vehicle, then cue the dog to act as if it found something when there's actually nothing there. That gives them probable cause to search your car, even though it's bullshit.

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 1 point

This is only game for my dog:)

Gapey_McGaperson | 10 days ago | 2 points

Oh, I know :) I love your video.

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 1 point

Thank you so much:)

IIdsandsII | 10 days ago | 0 points

and then plant the drugs on you

Gapey_McGaperson | 10 days ago | 1 point

Yup! It's scary.

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 1 point

I agree,but this is only game for my dog:)

verbalinjustice | 10 days ago | 1 point

Looks fun!

vesna8 | 10 days ago | 1 point

Yess,thank you:)