The Future of Detection Dogs with Dr. Lucia Lazarowski

Today we have Dr. Lucia Lazarowski to discuss the future of Detection Dogs, and how we can use that knowledge to improve the selection and development of our own pet dogs. 

In this episode, we discuss the history of detection dogs, the difference between passive and active indication, behavioral evaluation and selection, developing and socializing puppies, cognition abilities in detection dogs, and olfactory learning and memory.  We also spend a good amount of time discussing resiliency in working dogs, and how that can help us raise more resilient pets. 

Guest Bio: 

Dr. Lucia Lazarowski received her Bachelor’s and Masters’s degrees from the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she studied Psychology with a concentration in animal cognition and behavior. For her Master's thesis, she examined the effects of multiple exemplar training on olfactory concept learning in rats. After completing her Masters, she worked at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine as a Research Associate where she studied behavior and olfaction in military working dogs for three years. She then completed a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences at Auburn University in August 2018. For her dissertation, she studied cognitive development and early predictors of success in detection dogs. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Canine Performance Sciences program of Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine. 

References and Resources
- Dr. Lucia Lazarorwski's Research
- Dr. Lucia Lazarowski's Professional Website
- Dr. Lucia Lazarowski on Twitter
- The Canine Performance Sciences program of Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine
- The Frequency of Canine Parvovirus Infection in Vaccinated Puppies That Attended Puppy Socialization Classes
- Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy by Zazie Todd
- Books by Alexandra Horowitz
- Books by Clive Wynne
- Books by Brian Hare

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