Sniffer dogs have long been used in conservation and the detection of drugs and animal scat — but what motivates them?
Dog trainer Dennis Gannaway said their reward is not to find the target odour but to play with the ball.
Queensland’s water authority is utilising their keen noses, trialling a scent detection dog program to monitor more than 9,000 kilometres of pipes for leaks.
The dogs can detect leaks up to 1 metre underground and are proving to be much faster and better than their human counterparts.
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