For centuries,dog handlers have employed the exceptional scenting abilities of dogs to make the world a better place. Searching out explosives, detecting pests, and alerting children with peanut allergies are just some of the ways humans have put canines to work. Many people find it easy to accept that nutritional factors can influence brain function in dogs. Now there is solid evidence that breakfast plays an important role in the searchperformance of trained canines.
Studies at the University of Kentucky suggest that eating a morning meal increases search accuracy in dogs. Dr. Holly Miller and colleague Charlotte Bender tested the search performance of trained domestic dogs after either consuming breakfast or fasting. Earlier studies demonstrating results that children do better in cognitive exercises when they have eaten breakfast, led Dr. Miller to wonder whether breakfast would also improve dogs'performances.
This study concentrated on a dog's accuracy on finding hidden food and investigated the effect of a dog consuming breakfast beforehand. The dogs were shown a treat that was then hidden in one of six containers.