Monday, March 14, 2011
The Amazing Dog and Odor Layering
If you're an experienced bird dog man or woman, you probably already know what odor layering is. But if you don't I will explain it now.
When we make a pot of vegetable beef soup, we add the individual ingredients all together in a pot and simmer it up until it smells like "soup". You may sell the bay leaf, or the beef, but in general, you smell the odor of the combined ingredients. If your dog is in the house he's smelling that same pot of soup, only he can smell the individual ingredients. The carrots, the potatoes, the meat, the spices, all individually. This is odor layering.
Odor sort of hoovers like fine baby powder then settles to the ground. Many things can interfere with a dogs ability to find odor. Ultraviolet rays and wind can break down an odor.
So doesn't it seem almost impossible for a dog to pick up on an odor that is days, or weeks old? Does to me, but they do. And some blood Hounds have actually been known to track the odor of a human down the road and down the interstate for miles and miles. I saw a test they did on "Dog Genius" on Nat Geo Wild, myself. It's hard to believe but true.
Amazing Dogs with amazing noses!