The Ministry Of Defense Of Austria Trains A Service Dog To Search For The Smell Of Those Infected With The Coronavirus
The Austrian armed forces have started training service dogs in a test mode to detect people infected with the coronavirus by smell. It is assumed that the new method should allow detecting the virus in a person even with an asymptomatic course of the disease, according to the Austrian Ministry of Defense.
In the military dog training center is currently training a single service of the Belgian shepherd dog under the new program. The dog is trained to Aport a special tube with the smell of coronavirus molecules that were extracted from an infected medical mask. When a tube is detected, the dog is encouraged to eat a treat. In the coming days, dog handlers will begin the test phase of detecting the virus using an infected protective mask.
To ensure the safety of the service dog and dog handler, tubes and masks are treated with UV radiation, so the virus is deactivated. The test phase will last until the end of July. Then the military will analyze the results of the work done.
"It is not news that our service dogs can detect various substances. In addition to the detection of dogs for military substances, we have drug detection dogs that can detect explosives or drugs by smell. We are currently at the stage of testing the so-called sniffer dog for coronavirus. It should "sniff out" the disease in people. The testing phase should determine whether this special training will become an integral part of the military dog training center," defense Minister Claudia Tanner said in a statement.
A total of 166 dogs serve in the Austrian armed forces. They are involved in operations at home and abroad.