Dogs have been man’s best friend for thousands of years, possibly 40,000 years according to research on DNA analysis on the world’s oldest known dog remains in Eurasia.
Our faithful four- legged friends are helping so many people because of their incredible intelligence and noses?
We all know how amazing the Guide dogs are for those that have impaired sight or are blind, also the hearing dogs and those that help their owners with chores such as fetching a phone, opening washing machines and taking the laundry out, etc, all valuable and incredible feats for them to carry out.
There are also dogs that are trained to work with people with type 1 diabetes and Addison’s (a disease of the adrenal gland. The dogs can detect minute changes from their owner (very often a minute change in the smell of breath), and can warn them that they need medication to prevent a potential crisis.
Bio Detection Dogs
At present dogs are being trained to help with the following; prostate cancer, breast cancer, bowel, lung and animal cancers, along with malaria and possibly Parkinson’s disease. It has been established that there are protein changes in malignant cells and dogs appear to be able to detect these.
Dogs can detect tiny odour concentrations, around one part per trillion (which is the equivalent of a teaspoon of sugar in TWO Olympic sized swimming pools), that is real nose power!
Search and Rescue Dogs
When disaster strikes for example severe storms causing building collapse, earthquakes, bomb blasts, getting lost on the moors and mountains, you will see on the news bulletins man’s best friend working. They make very efficient searchers due to their superior sense of smell, vision and hearing, they are trained to locate human scents amid the chaos.
They not only help with finding people but they also provide a source of comfort in the only way they can, research shows that petting a dog can decrease blood pressure, lower anxiety and help regulate breathing.
Dogs as therapy
Some care homes, respite centres and hospices allow pets into their establishments. They have realised the connection that dogs make and how they can make people feel more relaxed, less anxious and reduce the feeling of loneliness and how people enjoy having them around for a little while.
I haven’t even touched on the subject of dogs that serve in our armed forces, not only as guard dogs, but those that sniff out bombs, and drugs. Putting their lives in danger to hopefully save their human handlers.
Makes you wonder with such an amazing sense of smell, what do they think of our smelly socks?