8 Major Differences Between Traditional Bomb Dogs and Vapor Wake® Dogs

“My dog can do that.”

We hear that statement many times during Vapor Wake® demonstrations to K9 industry folks, and we understand that there’s a bit of confusion. We hope to clear that up, and describe the differences between traditional, Explosive Detection Dogs (EDDS) or bomb dogs and VWK9’s patented and NCS4 lab-tested Vapor Wake® Canines.

VWK9 understands the EDD business, and we know that traditional bomb dogs are vital to safety around the world. EDDs sniff for statically-placed bombs at a location or on a person, and are trained to sniff stationary objects one-by-one. This deployment is necessary for securing a location, or searching a vehicle at a checkpoint, and VWK9 uses traditional EDDs all over the world to do just that. Vapor Wake® Canines are used in a different application; usually in high-pedestrian flow areas, like the entrance to a concert or game, the airport security line, or on the crowded streets of New York City. Both EDDs and Vapor Wake® Canines are great resources in security, but each have a different application.

Here are a 8 major differences between traditional bomb dogs and Vapor Wake® Canines:

1. Vapor Wake® Dogs are Obedient to Odor

EDDs are trained to view static objects as their “productive area”; Vapor Wake® dogs are obedient to the odor itself. A Vapor Wake® dog is trained to continuously sample the air for an explosive target, then follow it to its source in real time, while the target is in motion.

2. Vapor Wake® Dogs Lead the Search

Traditional EDDs are directed to sniff stationary objects.  A Vapor Wake® dog leads the handler; eliminating handler error.

3. Vapor Wake® Dogs Undergo up to 15 Months of Training

EDDs are fully-trained in up to 2 months; Vapor Wake dogs are fully-trained in up to 15 months, using a scientific and patented training process. That’s a big difference!

4. Vapor Wake® Dogs Work With Their Nose Up

Traditional EDDs work with their nose in a down position; Vapor Wake® dogs work with their nose up – sniffing the plumes of air around a person or around a crowd of people.

5. Vapor Wake® Dogs Screen Hundreds of People at One Time

EDDs that are additionally trained to see people as their productive area, must screen people one-by-one, impeding the pedestrian flow into an event or venue. Vapor Wake® dogs non-intrusively screen hundreds of people  while they pass through an entry point, by sampling the heat plumes left behind in their wake.

6. Vapor Wake® Dogs are the only Patented Technology in Canine Security

Vapor Wake® dogs are trained using a patented, training method. This technology was developed at Auburn University’s Canine Performance Science’s program, and includes nearly a decade of research and development.

7. Vapor Wake® Dogs Can Perform Traditional Bomb Detection Searches

We’ve already established that Vapor Wake® Dogs are primarily trained to sniff explosive materials in the air, left behind in the wake of a moving object or person. These elite dogs are also able to perform traditional bomb detection searches. A Vapor Wake® dog handler uses a harness on the Vapor Wake® Dog as a trigger to sample the air, but can easily switch the dog’s collar to signal the dog to begin conducting stationary, bomb detection searches. A Vapor Wake® dog is trained to know the difference and is certified to perform both. How cool is that!

8. Vapor Wake® Dogs are the #1 Choice for Body-Worn Explosives Detection by Major Security Agencies

Vapor Wake® Dogs are used by many major security agencies today: NYPD Counter Terrorism Unit, Chicago PD, LAPD, AMTRAK, Major International Airport security, Major Sporting organizations, Mega Churches,  Concert Security Vendors, and many more.