How many footsteps do dogs need to determine the direction of an odour trail?

How many footsteps do dogs need to determine the direction of an odour trail?

Dogs are naturally able to follow an odour pattern, which is successfully utilized in many disciplines (explosive detection, tracking of human suspects, conservation, etc.) This study was designed in order to assess a dog’s ability to use information obta

Dogs are able to determine the direction of a trail with information available in individual footsteps and that they require five of them to do so. Three footsteps do not provide enough information to determine the direction of the trial,

 

Hepper, P. G., & Wells, D. L. (2005). How many footsteps do dogs need to determine the direction of an odour trail? Chemical Senses, 30(4), 291-298.

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