Investigating the sensitivity of cadaver-detection dogs to decomposition fluid

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Journal of Forensic Identification, 2015, 65 (6), pp. 985 - 997
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Cadaver-detection dogs are regularly used by police and emergency services to locate human remains. Because of ethical restrictions, the dogs are not trained using cadavers, but instead, on pseudo-scents or human tissues, such as blood, bone, and decomposition fluid. However, the accuracy of these training aids as substitutes for human remains is unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the dogs' sensitivity to human decomposition fluid as a training aid and to determine whether their sensitivity increased with exposure.
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