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Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment.  Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

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Host: Scott LaMar

Radio Smart Talk: Bloodhounds search for the missing

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 17, 2013 2:57 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, June 18:

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Bloodhounds have an incredible sense of smell -- about a thousand times better than a human's.  The breed has been used to track missing people or criminals since the early 1800s.

Why are bloodhounds such good trackers?  All dogs can discriminate between scents so why are bloodhounds used to find people?  How does such a gentle breed of dog become so aggressive when tracking?

Those are questions we'll pose to Terri Heck of Summit Search and Rescue on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk.

Below is a slideshow of scenes from today's show, including photos of Merit the bloodhound.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-06-18 08:37

    Sabina in Mechanicsburg writes:

    Good Day: I have an Akita. Female 4. They are noted in Japan as a tracking breed. This is my 4th and she appears to have a greater “nose” than my other Akita’s who went into obedience and therapy dog. Each dog seems to have a talent it is just finding an avenue for that talent. I think YukiOnna talent lies in tracking. Do you offer assessment of possible tracking talent and courses for breeds other than Bloodhounds?


  • alexis.dow img 2013-06-18 09:08

    What a great program! Jim and Terri will also be at the Ned Smith Center Nature and Arts Festival on July 27, doing a live demonstration with their amazing animals.

  • Terri Heck img 2013-06-19 15:09

    K9 Merit and K9 Apache will be at the York Revolution Baseball game this Sunday June 23. Prior to the game they will locate the missing baseball player. Come on out and enjoy the ball game and meet the SSAR bloodhounds!