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Why Dogs Are Great Service Animals
A dog possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in the nose, compared to about 6 million in humans. And the part of the dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 time greater than ours.
Dogs’ sense of smell overpowers our own by orders of magnitude—it’s 10,000 to 100,000 times as acute, scientists say. “Let’s suppose they’re just 10,000 times better,” says James Walker, former director of the Sensory Research Institute at Florida State University, who, with several colleagues, came up with that jaw-dropping estimate during a rigorously designed, oft-cited study. “If you make the analogy to vision, what you and I can see at a third of a mile, a dog could see more than 3,000 miles away and still see as well.”
Key Terms and Definitions
- The olfactory bulb is a bulb of neural tissue within the dogs brain. It is located in the fore-brain and is responsible for processing scents detected by cells in the nasal cavity. It is 40 times larger in dogs than in humans.
- Detection dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses to detect substances such as explosives, drugs, humans and more. The sense most used by detection dogs is smell.
- Celiac Disease is really a disorder in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food.
- Cross contamination is the process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one substance or object to another, with harmful effects.
- A service dog is any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. (Defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA.)
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