After we talked about these dogs that can detect cancer in class, I was really curious to see how these dogs were trained and if this was actually being used in any sort of medical field. When you google dogs detecting cancer, theres a whole website that comes up that is a non-profit org trying to get dog cancer detection to be approved. And theres some amazing (and adorable) videos of puppies actually detecting cancer in some tests. Also, I looked up how to train a dog to sniff out different things, this eHow article uses illegal drugs, but we're ccs so I think we could figure out how to train them to sniff out diseases instead!
non-profit website about canine cancer detection: http://www.dogsdetectcancer.org
how to train your dog: http://www.ehow.com/how_2337851_train-dog-sniff-out.html
Dogs can also smell low blood sugar. There are trained dogs that live with individuals who have type I diabetes that can detect from a particular scent in human breath that indicates low blood sugar. Puppies are so cool.
diabetes assist dogs: http://can-do-canines.org/how-dogs-help/diabetes-assist-dogs/