There is a Labrador named Opelika in Opelika, Alabama. She is in prison. Before you think that’s cruel, please be informed that she has not committed a crime and that she will be released soon. She’s just there to train with an inmate chosen by scientists so that once outside the prison gates, Opelika can help track bombs and the troublemakers that carry them.
Opelika is one of our canines that are trained to become Vapor Wake Dogs. For months, the canines are under the watchful eyes of a team at Auburn University that will enable them to sniff explosives or explosive materials in moving humans. Our Vapor Wake Detection Technology is considered by industry experts to be better than expensive sensors and other gadgets used in public spaces such as airports.
Opelika Goes to Prison to Sharpen Her Sense of Smell
Opelika is one of the Labrador retrievers trained by the Canine Performance Sciences Program at Auburn University. She is sent to prison to partner with an inmate who will sharpen her already powerful sense of smell. After months or even half a year, when her obedience and physical stamina are on par with what our vapor wake technology demands, she will go to a police department. She and a police handler will prowl large areas to catch and apprehend mass shooters and bombers, or even just to trace the contraband materials they left behind.
What makes our VW canines like Opelika unique is that they can use their sniffing powers even in large areas. That’s why our Vapor Wake Dogs are deployed in spaces like airports, train stations, sports stadiums, and universities. Another significant benefit of using our dogs for security reasons is that they don’t have to impede on crowd movement.
Why Our Vapor Wake Labradors are Different and Provide Safety
Our Vapor Wake Dogs are specially bred and trained in the climate of terrorism when the news sites are flooded with regrettable incidents like the bombing of a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Military and police officers think that these dogs will be able to prevent disasters like that in the future.
Aside from explosives, these dogs can also smell the presence of pathogens or disease-carrying viruses or bacteria as well as weapons. They can be let loose in, say, an empty building and they can trace these pathogens and allow medical teams to contain them so that people will no longer be harmed or infected by them.
Aside from their natural physical properties, Labradors are also chosen for their looks. When seen in areas where there are a lot of people around, they don’t frighten anyone. People might even mistake them for huggable pets. “They seem like friendly dogs, they appear to be friendly dogs,” Auburn University Vapor Wake Technology Detection researcher Paul Waggoner said when asked why the choice of Labradors for the training.
So, when you hear a Vapor Wake puppy is about to be sent to prison, don’t call animal rights activists right away. Think of the dog as going to a particular school where once it gets out of it, it will make the grounds you walk on and the air you breathe safely from would-be bombers and dangerous diseases.
Inspired by www.nytimes.com
Photo Credit: New York Times and Auburn University