Explosives detection by dogs Book Chapter

Frank, KJ, Holness, HK, Furton, KG et al. (2021). Explosives detection by dogs . 47-75. 10.1016/B978-0-444-64104-5.00004-7

cited authors

  • Frank, KJ; Holness, HK; Furton, KG; DeGreeff, LE


  • While the sensitivity of analytical instruments continue to improve for the trace detection of explosives, detector dogs remain the superior technology in many applications due to their highly developed olfactory systems and ability to be quickly trained to detect targets of interest. Dogs provide superior sampling systems, selectivity, offer an orthogonal detection mechanism to these instruments and can effectively operate under a wide variety of environmental conditions, providing rapid real time responses. The transition from traditional to homemade explosives (HMEs) in recent times has presented further challenges for explosive detection. As dog’s continue to be the most rapidly trained defense to these new explosives, a wealth of scientific research in this area is needed in order to improve training protocols and best practice guidelines, as present research shows several limitations in current methods for training dogs to detect these HMEs.

publication date

  • January 1, 2021

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

start page

  • 47

end page

  • 75