Dog Smell Training Device

The Project

The project is designed to train dogs to identify different smells and inform the smell they have been exposed to.


Team Comments

I chose to make this project because...

I read about an article that mentioned dogs are trained to smell Covid infected patients. It is possible that many dogs can be trained to identify such infections. The device can have other applications like training your dog to sniff out Truffles in the ground!

What I found difficult and how I worked it out

The difficult task was to separate out the scents so that the dog doesn't get confused. I resolved the problem by containing the scents in a container and pumping air through the container.

Next time, I would...

I would have integrated a treat dispenser, though I have it in the code to drive a motor which can be triggered when the response is positive, I did not have enough time to 3D print the screw mechanism that will push out a treat.

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Judge Feedback

What a fun project Roland. My Labrador Luna would definitely enjoy playing with this as she loves the challenge of using her nose to solve problems! I love your clever use of hardware to build the system as a whole, and it’s totally fine to start with the motor simply turning and then to build and add the dog feeding system later when you have more time. Well done on starting with achievable bitesize parts and then building it up from there, that’s a great strategy for solving real world challenges like this. I’m really excited to see what dogs make of your upgraded future version!

About the team

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Team members

  • Roland