Yesterday we had a fascinating, fun and furry Human Library event: Ann Gunderson, a certified Nosework trainer, visited Saints with her two detection dogs, Keeper and Spring! Ann trains dogs, and humans, in the sport of odor detection, and she taught us all about how dogs use their sense of smell, how powerful their noses are, and how humans can harness this power for work and fun.
Some interesting facts we learned:
- Even though dog brains are smaller than human brains, the area devoted to processing smells is much, much larger than that of humans.
- If you dissolved a teaspoon of sugar in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a dog would be able to smell it!
- Dogs are used for sniffing out not only illegal substances and weapons, but also invasive species such as mussels.
Here are some photos of the day. A big thank you to Ann, Keeper and Spring for sharing their knowledge with us!