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Is this for real? I understand how a dog could find certain mineral deposits by their scent, that’s pretty obvious even by our noses, particularly when it rains in the desert, but to use dogs to find precious metal deposits?  Has anyone successfully done it or seen it being practiced in places such as Arizona mentioned in the article?

https://www.mining-technology.com/analysis/featureore-sniffing-dogs-for-mine-location/

-especially laughed at the part saying that you can’t use a Chihuahua to do these types of searches because they’d be eaten by rats! 😂

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It's actually real. But not to be confused with dogs sniffing inert objects buried underground (like posted in the Forest Fenn thread).

I didn't read through this whole article, but I've read about the general idea before. What the dogs sniff for are generally accessory minerals that have a smell. Sulfides being the biggest one, as many economic minerals generally have sulfides in the ore. 

Humans can smell many sulfides, dogs definitely can too. 

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3 hours ago, jasong said:

It's actually real. But not to be confused with dogs sniffing inert objects buried underground (like posted in the Forest Fenn thread).

I didn't read through this whole article, but I've read about the general idea before. What the dogs sniff for are generally accessory minerals that have a smell. Sulfides being the biggest one, as many economic minerals generally have sulfides in the ore. 

Humans can smell many sulfides, dogs definitely can too. 

Did you read this part?

How do you go about training the dogs to work in mineral exploration?

PB: You train them to sense certain smells that come from ore. We take ore samples from different mines and areas where we find the ore, and then we train them on that. Right now my dog can sense 20 – 30 different types of ore. They can discover an ore body that is as much as 12m under the ground.

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I have a Golden Retriever paid a lot of money for it,brought it while intoxicated in a Pub,has never found anything Gold so i feel some how i got duped 🙂

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You can train a K-9 to detect anything, they have no idea the difference, all you're doing is training/reinforcing association. When the dog detects a sent that in the past he's been trained to associate with a positive experience, treat, reward etc.... the dog will alert. That's why we can train a narcotics detection dog to do an excited alert while at the same time you don't want that excitement for an explosives detection dog so they're trained to respond in a sit (they were rewarded if they sat while encountering that scent). Dogs have no idea they're smelling gold, coke, currency or guns, all they know is when they were younger that smell if acted on as trained (sit or excited or just a simple look at the handler) results in a reward. We tend to give dogs too much credit, they can be highly intelligent but the cancer detection dog has no idea that the tumor he found in the patient is bad, he just knows that smell in the past got him a liver treat or the fun of a game of tug with rope ball.

The real power in a K-9 comes into play with the sensitivity of the scent and ability to find one scent in many others (like a baggie of coke in a tin of coffee). When we humans walk into a room we smell the air and say "yummm chili", when a K-9 walks into the room he smells and says "yummm, carrots, potatoes, onions, meat" etc.... the ability to differentiate one scent from another is incredible..

CC'ing @Doc (fellow retired handler) as I'm sure he can add to this if I missed anything or am incorrect...

Jen

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There is living proof that there are such animals out there and I have found a picture of one such animal to confirm my case about this.

See picture below.

 

https://www.detectorprospector.com/uploads/monthly_2022_11/AxThanks1.jpg.ef1c49d3696f08072d6eb54a480f39df.jpg

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