One way that officials try to stop poaching is by finding illegal wildlife products. Then they take the products from the people trying to sell them. That’s where the dogs come in. But why dogs?
“Dogs have amazing noses,” says Will Powell, the director of CFC.
Some breeds have about 300 million sensors in their noses. Humans have about 6 million.
The CFC unit was formed in 2014. The dogs begin training when they are a year or two old. They are taught to sniff out different wildlife scents. They are trained to sit or freeze when they detect the scents.
After “graduation,” the pups are paired with human rangers from government wildlife agencies. Powell says it’s important for the pairs to trust each other.
“The dogs and their handlers must love each other,” he explains. “Once that bond is established, we can start work.”