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Labradors Graduate Auburn With Scent Prowess to Guard Marathons

November 4, 2013

By Bloomberg/Businessweek

Auburn Alabama —

At the sight of his leash, Baxter explodes out of his crate.

The leash means work, work means reward, and that’s Baxter’s reason for being. The adolescent yellow Labrador retriever has only eight months of training, so he yanks and skitters more than a fully trained dog. But once his handler clicks the lead onto his collar, he raises his nose and swivels his head side to side, sampling air currents, until he smells something he recognizes. Then his behavior visibly changes. Baxter is “on scent” and quickens his pace, his head and tail up, narrowing in on a cluster of vehicles. [read the complete article]

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