Monday July 11, 2016

Is your dog the next sniff expert? One dog trainer tries to find the perfect canine lab assistant

Mirkka Koivusalo and her dog Forbes.

Mirkka Koivusalo and her dog Forbes. (Photo by Sean Howard)

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Mirkka Koivusalo is a scientist-turned-dog trainer who is now combining her interests into one research project on biomedical scent detection.

She's trying to determine whether dogs can discriminate between specific pathogens through special training. The end goal of the project is to find the right breed of dogs that could become canine lab assistants.

Mirkka shares her promising study results with Candy.