“There is a scent that comes off the DVD that the dog is absolutely dead-set on finding,” said Neil Powell, a Northern Ireland sniffer dog expert who trained Lucky and Flo. If there’s a scent â€” whether it’s from DVDs, drugs or explosives â€” a dog can be trained to sniff it out.
Lucky and Flo can’t distinguish between legitimate and bootleg DVDs, but customs officials can identify smugglers by checking the declarations for the packages that the dogs point out, Malcolm said.
The dogs aren’t actually sniffing out DVDs in a real-world setting, just showing it’s possible. The MPAA, which hopes to loan them to customs officials or private shipping firms, is taking its dog show on the road, to Los Angeles, Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Britain.
The world tour even has a Hollywood touch: commemorative “Lucky & Flo K-9 Pirate Smackdown” T-shirts.