dr_blasto: Drug dogs are a scam for cops to manufacture probable cause. There are zero standards for performance, zero standards for training and certification of drug dogs. They have poor accuracy and should not be used at all.
foo monkey: Do you need a dog to smell weed? It's the most obnoxiously-strong smell on Earth, maybe short of durian. I don't mind the smell, but it's strong AF.
Ragin' Asian: Agreed. My big issue is that they use German shepherds so they look like intimidating badasses. If the K-9 drug sniffer units employed basset hounds, I'd be more inclined to believe they were intent on finding drugs rather than appearing like fascist farks.
question_dj: I didn't realize that drug dog training had evolved to the point that they had trained specific behavior for specific drugs. If that's the case, they can totally poison the positive reinforcement for the trained behavior, which will cause the dog to stop responding to the reinforcement. My trainer gets onto me about this a lot. Using the marker in the wrong place or too much will poison it.But last I checked, they just alert at the presence of a smell that they have been trained to respond to. The times I've had dogs alert on my car at the el paso border inspection checkpoint, they say it alerted on drugs. Not a specific drug.
shabu: And couldn't the dogs be retrained to find bodies, either living fugitives or cadavers?