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Saw this today, a little unbelievable???

The Day - New addition ready to sniff out disaster | News from southeastern Connecticut

While I am not an expert on 'alert' dogs, this puppy is 7 weeks old and a "trained diabetic alert dog"??????

Scam?? I just find it rather unbelievable a 7 week old can do this AND alert a 1/2 a mile away????

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why does it look like that puppy has a shaved body?

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i don't get it... he is 7 weeks old, i thought it takes years to train a dog to do something like that.


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I just have to think the reporter did a real poor job at getting his/her facts straight. I certainly wouldn't trust the health of my child to a 7 week old puppy.....scary...

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There is a little girl in our town who also has a dog that alerts to blood sugar levels, but it's a well trained adult Golden, not a pup. I'm not doubting the ability but the age seems unlikely.
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Wow that does seem a little young for the pup to be able to learn to do that. But i guess it could happen, i dont know. It is almost unbelievable though.


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AND pick up problems when the boy is at school a half mile away? This has to be a joke.

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AND pick up problems when the boy is at school a half mile away? This has to be a joke.
I was thinking the same thing! Could even a bloodhound be able to smell a hide 2640' away without a track?? I find detector dogs to be quite amazing, but I'm doubting that any dog could smell (not track) something from half a mile away. That seems questionable!

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An air scent dog could pick up a victim in the woods from that far if the conditions were right. But someone in a building? Having a problem? No way.

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An air scent dog could pick up a victim in the woods from that far if the conditions were right. But someone in a building? Having a problem? No way.
Awesome! And once again I'm floored by such dogs' abilities. Totally off topic, but speaking of tracking and air scenting- has anyone seen Mythbusters Episode 148 "Hair of the Dog?" Amazing stuff in there...

But for that puppy to smell through the building and all- pretty bold claim!

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