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sniffing out error in detection dog data

image: washington university researcher karen dematteo and her scat-sniffing dog train are on a mission to preserve jaguars, pumas, bush dogs and other carnivores in the forests of northeastern argentina. view more credit: courtesy of karen dematteo/washington universitya new study in the journal scientific reports gets to the bottom of it: why do dogs that are trained to locate poop sometimes find the wrong kind of poop?it happens anywhere from 4 percent to 45 percent of the time, said karen dematteo, a biologist in arts & sciences at washington university in st. louis. her new research confirms that there are three viable, alternative explanations beyond errors in handler or dog training that can explain the collection of non-target s...