Trick A Bloodhound’s Sense of Smell

posted: 04/11/12
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As seen in "MythBusters: Dog Myths"
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Finding: BUSTED

Explanation: MythBusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage sniffed out whether throwing a bloodhound off a scent is as easy as it's portrayed in movies. According to Hollywood, all it takes is some simple zigzagging around or dashing through a river to confuse a pooch.

But when Jamie Hyneman tried to escape a bloodhound hot on his trail, it proved nearly impossible to ditch the dog.

A bloodhound's olfactory sense is said to be about 1,000 times better than a human's, which is why the canine is so good at sniffing out our odor-emitting skin cells. In fact, that personal perfume is strong enough that none of Jamie's bloodhound-busting tactics worked. He zigzagged and doubled back on his trail, ran through a river, washed and changed clothes, doused himself in coffee and cologne, and even covered his tracks in ground pepper — all to no avail. Each time, the bloodhound sniffed right through the ruse and found the hiding Hyneman.

Up against centuries of top-notch breeding, the busted myth was no match for the bloodhound's superior schnoz.

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