We Need More Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

As demand increases, America faces a shortage of canines trained to locate danger.

By Michael MarksAugust 8, 2017 11:24 am

While driving around most Texas cities, it might seem impossible that there’s a dog shortage of any kind.

But in sensitive places like airports, stadiums and schools across the U.S., there is a shortage of working dogs trained to detect explosives and drugs. Over the past few years, demand and prices for the specially-trained dogs have soared.

Dr. Cynthia Otto, director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center at the University of Pennsylvania, explains how the canine shortage came about and why working dogs can’t be replaced by technology.
Written by Rachel Rascoe.