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Dog Trained to Sniff for Dangerous Bee Disease

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Published on Jul 8, 2013

An Australian black Lab named Bazz underwent rigorous training to sniff out the devastating honeybee disease American foulbrood, but there was just one problem -- he couldn't get close to the hives.

Dogs are incredibly adaptive.

An Australian black Lab named Bazz underwent rigorous training to sniff out the devastating honeybee disease 'American foulbrood', but there was just one problem -- he couldn't get close to the hives.

Unlike in the US where many bee domiciles become snowcapped and the inhabitants stay inside, the warmer temps in Australia keep them up and running year-round.

So, Bazz's industrious and caring employer made him a special beekeeper suit, complete with headgear.

Coming up with a version of the suit that worked turned out to be a long process, and getting Bazz to wear it is taking some time as well.

Said the beekeeper, "The only challenge now is getting the dog comfortable with the suit. It's hard to change a dog's habits overnight."

If you're thinking that's a whole lot of trouble for honey, you may be surprised to learn that if it weren't for the honeybee about a third of all our foods would vanish.

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