Can bomb sniffing dogs smell ammo?

Can bomb sniffing dogs smell ammo?

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    Question Can bomb sniffing dogs smell ammo?

    I've often wondered this. I'm headed to the Pentagon Saturday for work, and god only knows how many rounds of .22 LR that I've lost in the car/trunk. Anyone know?

    Please don't answer with "Well check your car before you go"... I know that already. It's more curiosity then anything and the off chance that I do miss something.


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    Generally, no.

    I can't tell you how many K9 checkpoints I've gone through with a car-load of guys all armed for bear - literally thousands of rounds of ammo in the vehicle - without the dogs batting the proverbial eye. These dogs work around armed people all the time; unless they are somehow particularly trained to detect ammo (and I've never heard of such a thing, though they may exist), I think you'll be fine.

    But check your car. ;)
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    It's a great question! The only experience I have had is being "sniffed" at the airport, and sometimes a "patch wipe" in the same clothing and fanny-pak that I carry with. I've never had a problem being stopped or even questioned.

    But, you mentioned that you might have "stray" ammo. I honestly am not sure about that, hopefully someone else on the forum will have more knowledge than I on the subject. Good luck!
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    Pentagon dogs probably not, but I have come across dogs that are used exclusively for schools and on top of drugs they've taught them to detect ammunition and traces, so if the dog came across your locker in a random check and you had worn the coat that was in your locker to the rifle range the dog could tell and the deans would tear your locker apart looking for drugs.

    They claimed it worked, I never saw anyone have any trouble with it though.

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    I have some experience with bomb dogs. I have been through several demos with our local dog Beka. The answer is yes, in fact that is what they give the demo with. One of the officers will pull a round from one of his spare mags, hide it and have the dog find it. At which point the dog is rewarded for finding it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OPFOR View Post
    Generally, no.

    I can't tell you how many K9 checkpoints I've gone through with a car-load of guys all armed for bear - literally thousands of rounds of ammo in the vehicle - without the dogs batting the proverbial eye. These dogs work around armed people all the time; unless they are somehow particularly trained to detect ammo (and I've never heard of such a thing, though they may exist), I think you'll be fine.

    But check your car. ;)
    The problem here is, that was more than likely a drug dog, not a explosives dog. One dog really cant do all when it comes to drugs and explosives if they did and the dog alerted how would you know if the dog smelled a pound of c4 or a pound of cocaine? The drug dogs could care less if you smelled like explosives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canav844 View Post
    Pentagon dogs probably not, but I have come across dogs that are used exclusively for schools and on top of drugs they've taught them to detect ammunition and traces, so if the dog came across your locker in a random check and you had worn the coat that was in your locker to the rifle range the dog could tell and the deans would tear your locker apart looking for drugs.

    They claimed it worked, I never saw anyone have any trouble with it though.
    My nephew is on his schools shooting team (clays) and the dogs came to school, well his brother had driven him to the range to shoot, and left a box of ammo shotgun shells in the car, my nephew got called out of class and had to explain. It all turned out fine, but the dogs hit on that box of shells in the trunk of the car. Just an FYI

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    Yes!
    I have personally seen the FDLE bomb dogs hit on a mag of ammo at the Florida Capitol Bld.
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    Can they? Most certainly. Will they alert on it? Depends on how and who trained them.
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    I'd rent a car for the pentagon trip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    I'd rent a car for the pentagon trip!
    ha, ha, ha, ha...... LMAO.... that may be the best advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    I'd rent a car for the pentagon trip!
    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleks View Post
    ha, ha, ha, ha...... LMAO.... that may be the best advice.
    With some of the people that I hear about in the news...I'd be more worried about the rental

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    absolutely they can

    We've had instances where dogs came to do random searches at schools and alerted on cars, then found loose shotgun shells in the floorboard from weekend of hunting

    they are trained as a "bomb" dog they detect explosives...gun powder being one of them

    we just added another K9 as a bomb dog, our other 2 are the drug-detecting/dirtbag-tracking/leg-arm-butt-biting variety
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    I'd rent a car for the pentagon trip!
    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleks View Post
    ha, ha, ha, ha...... LMAO.... that may be the best advice.
    Quote Originally Posted by Orange Boy View Post
    With some of the people that I hear about in the news...I'd be more worried about the rental
    Take it from a owner of a Rental company DO NOT use a rental to go to the Pentagon. The stories that we know of will make your head spin.

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    A dog will alert on whatever you train it to. They use dogs to sniff out snakes in Guam.
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