Los Alamos Women in Science

Northern Chapter of the New Mexico Network for
Women in Science and Engineering


Wednesday, September 16, 1998

LAWIS lunchtime Talk and get-together
11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Otowi cafeteria side room A, LANL

Talk at 12:00:
Wendee Brunish, EES-DO, LANL
Use of Canines in Scent Detection and Search Work
(with live demo!)


Based on current research and my own experience as a search dog handler for over ten years, I will summarize how canines are used for scent detection work, and how canine physiology and instinctual drives, combined with rigorous training, make them well suited for this work. This talk will briefly examine canine olfactory physiology and how dogs detect human scent. It will also cover factors that affect scent, including terrain, moisture, and wind, and also how conditions affect the canines ability to find, follow, and distinguish scent. Then I will talk about the various uses of canines for scent work, and the requirements for an effective scent detection dog. I will also cover the basic components of training a dog for scent detection work, and talk a little about my own experiences with search and rescue canines. Finally, using my certified search dog, Miranda, I will demonstrate canine scent detection and discrimination, canine alerts, and search techniques.

Sideroom A is reserved from 11:30 to 1:30 for people who like to eat earlier or later, and informal discussion. You are welcome to come for just the talk at noon.

Raffle tickets for the NMNWSE raffle to support EYH activities will also be available (drawing at the State meeting in October).

--> Nonmembers Welcome! <-- 


  • October 23-25: NMNWSE Annual Meeting
    See the Call for Papers for the Technical Symposium
    The drawing for the raffle to support EYH activities will be held at this meeting

  • Date TBA: Lunch-Time Talk
    Panel Discussion on Careers led by Rebecca LaFave, UNM-LA


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