Tawzer Dog | Frictions Between Science and Law on Service and Police Dogs

Frictions Between Science and Law on Service and Police Dogs

Video Description:

The law of service dogs can generally be categorized as an aspect of disability rights. The law of police dogs is most often part of criminal law, with important Fourth Amendment issues having been raised as to canine-produced evidence in prosecutions. This talk will focus on how scientific research on scent detection capabilities of dogs has been taken into account, or ignored, by judges, legislators and regulators, frequently to the surprise if not dismay of scientists who produced or testified concerning the research.  Issues that have arisen concerning medical alert, narcotics detection, human remains detection and other specialized dogs will be discussed.  

Presentation by: John Ensminger

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Presenter Bios:

John Ensminger is an attorney who has practiced in the areas of Constitutional law, mental patient civil rights, taxation of financial instruments, anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism, and most recently in the law as it applies to skilled dogs.  He has written numerous papers on these topics, with articles on service and police dogs appearing in Forensic Science International, the Journal of Forensic Sciences, the Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law, The New York Law Journal, the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, the Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, Animal Science Papers and Reports, Deputy and Court Officer, Pets News, and Tax Notes.   He is a contributing editor for the website of the Animal Legal & Historical Center of the Michigan State University College of Law.  He has written two books on specialized dogs, Service and Therapy Dogs in American Society and Police and Military Dogs. He is co-editing a multi-authored volume entitled Canine Olfaction Science and Law: Advances in Forensics, Medicine, Conservation and Environmental Remediation, to be published by Taylor & Francis/CRC in 2016.  He and his wife Joan have a labradoodle, Chloe, who as a therapy dog has made nearly 300 visits to hospitals, nursing homes, special-needs schools, libraries, and hospice environments. 

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This video qualifies for 0.5 trainer CEUs and 0.5 behavior consultant CEUs