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These Dogs Make the Best Service Pups

Not every dog is cut out to be a service dog, which comes with the responsibility to help people with disabilities, such as seizure disorders or visual impairments, and navigating daily life.

brain scans may reveal best service dogs

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Even with the best training, up to 70% of dogs from service dog programs end up being unsuitable for service
  • Emory University scientists turned to fMRI to see if it could predict whether a dog would be a successful service dog
  • After undergoing brain scans, certain dogs had higher activity in the amygdala, which is linked to excitability — and these pups were more likely to fail the service dog training
  • Dogs with stronger activity in the caudate brain region were more likely to be successful service dogs
  • Overall, fMRI helped improve the ability to identify dogs that would not make good service dogs — from about 47% without a brain scan to 67% after fMRI

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