Narcotics Detector Dog
Versatile and inherently mobile, the Narcotics Search Dog provides a fast and accurate means of detecting illegal drugs. Other alternatives exist of course, but a well trained, well handled dog reduces the time of search operations. Attempts at masking the drug by using chemicals so as to render the drug undetectable to the dog has proven largely unsuccessful - the chemicals merely become an element of the overall scent picture as far as the dog is concerned.
When compared to technological progress, there is one aspect of the comparison which keeps the dog ahead of the game and it is simply based on the matter of INTERPRETATION. Analysing for human purposes, the dog’s interpretation of detected odours is of course the task of the dog handler.