BBC Radio: Dr Helen Zulch on developing dogs’ ability to detect explosives
Dr Helen Zulch, from the School of Life Sciences, speaks on BBC Radio Lincolnshire about new research being conducted to improve explosive search dogs capabilities of recognising accelerants.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) in the US has enlisted the expertise of academics from the University of Lincoln, UK, to improve the training of search dogs.
Explosive search dogs are usually trained to alert handlers to specific odours, learning each scent individually.
Helen Zulch, Anna Wilkinson and Ruth Croxton, from the School of Life Sciences at Lincoln, have been awarded a grant from the ONR to investigate whether explosive detection dogs are capable of learning by categorisation, a cognitive process that is thought to play a major role in the way humans and animals naturally process new information.
To listen to the interview go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01c7pm2 from 1hr 39mins.