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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-16-2017, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thought provoking thought...fleas, dogs and the nose

This is just a thought I had in the form of a question.

Since a dog's sense of smell is so powerful and sensitive that it can detect bed bugs, why hasn't anyone trained a dog to detect fleas? wouldnt it be great if all you had to do to determine if a skin rash was the cause of fleas was to wipe the area with a rag and take it to a dog trained to detect fleas for a sniff test? It costs about $50.00 give or take just for a vet visit. Tons of dogs just don't like going to the vet. Seems there would be a market for that type of service. It could also expand to sniff testing for mites, etc.

What about termites or carpenter ants for home inspections.

Just some thoughts.

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I think I have the dog for that!


I have seriously questioned if she is sniffing out fleas and eating them. She now has tape worms. We seem to have mild case, she is not afflicted (minor itch), but seems to sniff them out and attack. Then laying on deck she seems to follow little bugs and slurp them up. But I cannot see them


Ironic you started this thread

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Sometimes my boy seems to sniff his fur right before he starts to chew to relieve an itch.

It just seems like it would be a good way to utilize their natural ability and put them to work while supplementing the income.

Gatorbytes, once she is all better with everything (and I hope it is relatively soon) maybe that could be her working niche.

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