Photo of K-9 in training.

The Challenge? How to Safely Train K-9s to Recognize Dangerous Explosives.

Dogs' have a truly amazing sense of smell—10,000 to 100,000 times better than humans according to James Walker from Florida State's Sensory Research Institute. He adds, "if you make the analogy to vision, what you and I can see at a third of a mile, a dog could see more than 3,000 miles away and still see as well." This K-9 super power is one of the keys to detecting explosives and avoiding disaster. But explosives are a dangerous and deadly business. How can a K-9 be SAFELY trained to recognize them?

Illustration of K-9 and the scent profile of a C4 explosive sample

Is Pseudoscent a Good Solution?

You can keep your K-9 (and yourself!) safe by using "pseudoscent." It's a non-explosive imitation substance designed to resemble the explosive's odor. The problem? Those amazing K-9 noses can tell the difference! The compounds that make up pseudoscent appear in scores of everyday products including plastic bags, cleaning fluids, nail polish, synthetic fruit flavors, and paint.* Pseudoscent can confuse your K-9's training.

* U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Household Products Database.

Illustration showing that TrueScent RDX is chemically identical to RDX while pseudoscent is not.

Photo of a TrueScent PETN package and a package of blank "distractor."

The Technological “Magic” of TrueScent

Futurist Arthur C. Clarke famously said that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Well, the scientists at TrueScent have developed a product line that is technological “magic.” They ARE real explosives (no confusion for your K-9), but they will not explode. The Bottom Line: With TrueScent your K-9 is smelling the real thing. With pseudoscent they are not.

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