Welcome to the COVID-19 Detection Dogs Study

Investigating whether bio-detection dogs could be trained to detect the odour of COVID-19 infection on humans.




The ARCTEC team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Medical Detection Dogs and Durham University ran a study training dogs to identify unique odours associated with coronavirus infection.


Who we are


Meet the interdisciplinary group of researchers involved in this exciting study, all of whom have extensive experience working with volatile compounds and human infection.


Meet the dogs


Meet the six dogs that were trained to detect if someone has COVID-19 and could play a vital role in preventing further spread of the pandemic in future.


Why use dogs?


Dogs are great biosensors, capable of detecting odours associated with drugs, explosives, and food and are now being used in practice for public health to detect diseases such as malaria.


Phase I trial results


The team from LSHTM, Medical Detection Dogs and Durham University have announced the results of the first phase of this trial showing that COVID-19 infection has a distinct smell which dogs can detect with incredible accuracy. This paper is a pre-print and is not yet peer-reviewed.