Determination of favorite components of garbage by dogs Academic Article uri icon


  • This study was to determine which commonly found household garbage odors would be the most attractive to dogs. Thirteen items were tested as fresh odors or were aged for 72 h before testing. Each of the 325 paired odor combinations was tested on 12 dogs. Fresh odors were preferred to aged ones, and meat odors were chosen more often than non-meat odors. Fried liver with onions and baked chicken were the top ranking fresh and old odors. Liver was the highest ranking raw meat. © 1992 Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. All rights reserved.

altmetric score

  • 16.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Beaver, B. V., Fischer, M., & Atkinson, C. E.

citation count

  • 4

publication date

  • July 1992