24 Dec '12, 1pm

World's First Archaeology Dog Sniffs Out Ancient Bones

World's First Archaeology Dog Sniffs Out Ancient Bones

Never underestimate the power of a dog's nose when combined with determination and focus. Migaloo, the world's first archaeology dog, proves the point. National Geographic interviewed Gary Jackson, Migaloo's trainer, about how he taught the black lab to rind centuries-old human bones to assist archaeologists. One of the most important traits in a scent working dog is fixation -- a trait most people steer away from in their pet dogs. But for dogs working like Migaloo, this personality characteristic is a must. It keeps them hunting for a scent even after hours of striking out, and it helps with their training: "She loves to play, and she's an absolute nut about her ball. I think she would chase it till she drops dead. So, once we trained her to recognize the odor of human bones, and taught her that she only gets her ball when she finds the target odor, she became obsessive ...

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