A Project to Produce, Test and Evaluate Prototype Equipment for Optimizing the Performance of Mine Detection Dogs


  1. Pearman, J.
  2. McEwen, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN);Canadian International Demining Corps (CIDC) and PM Design, Sydney NS (CAN)
A limiting factor in the use of mine detection dogs (MDDs) is high ambient temperature on stamina and performance. PMDesign has developed a set of dog cooling devices (DCDs) to be worn by MDDs. With the support of the Canadian Centre for Mine Action Technology and Public Works and Government Services Canada, a test and evaluation program was devised jointly by PMDesign and the Canadian International Demining Corps. The program aimed to collect and analyze empirical data on the efficacy of the DCDs. Field testing was conducted at CIDC’s working dog training facilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The DCD trial and evaluation involved the collection of subjective and qualitative observations, suggestions and opinions expressed by experienced handlers, through a standardized questionnaire, and quantitative means of evaluating the devices' effectiveness. During the trial period from July to September 2004, maximum daily temperatures varied from 32.5 to 37.4 degrees ºC and average relative humidity varied from 50 to 59%. Individual temperature differences between the DCDs and the control cassettes varied from 1.2 to 3.9ºC for the three dogs. Evaluation of the averaged performance of all four MDDs, showed a small to moderate increase in performance for the dogs wearing the DCDs during the early part of the day, followed by a decrease in performance during the middle part, followed by a small increase during the last. Given the subjective nature of the evaluation, it is not clear
dog cooling vest;landmine detection;humanitarian demining;mine detection dogs
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-CR-2005-168 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Aug 2005
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Electronic Document(PDF)

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