The way police dogs operate can be a bit of a mystery. They're able to locate bombs, drugs, or missing people just with their nose. Sometimes their sense of smell is so strong that they can even detect when a person has been in a room without leaving a physical trace. Despite these abilities, K9s don't actually have any real understanding of their work; to them, it's all a game.
These dog detectives have actually been trained in a similar way toother service dogs. Through some games andPavlovian positive rewards, they’re taught how to undertake complicated tasks. Their actual training involves just games stacked on top of games. Most dog owners will recognise a lot of processes involved in teaching dogs how to function as K9 units. The main difference is the complexity and commitment of the training.