Bio Detection K9s is a 501(c)3 organization of dedicated and trained staff whose mission is to train dogs for early detection of cancer. Our goal is to establish viable screening protocols which are non-invasive, sufficiently sensitive and specific in detecting cancers at an early stage, enabling early stage therapeutic interventions. We collaborate with institutions, health care providers and individuals by bringing canine early detection capabilities to those who share the passion of discovery of innovations which improve patient outcomes.

Roger Lautt, Founder and CEO of BioDetectionK9s, has been training dogs for over 20 years. He has specialized in nose work, and has achieved the designation of certified K9 NoseWork instructor. Nosework is an intensive training course in which dogs are trained to search for specific scents contained in various objects or locations using criteria established under the National Association of Canine Scent Work. Roger has been teaching Nose Work classes since 2010. He has the pleasure of watching many of his students win many competitions.  When Roger competes in NASCW™ events, his dogs are frequent 1st place winners.

Roger has been certified by the In Situ Foundation, an organization dedicated to research on the early screening of cancer utilizing canines.  He completed the In Situ “Bio-Dog Medical Scent Detection Training Advanced Course” and earned his CBDT, Certified Bio-Dog Trainer designation, becoming one of only 18 CBDT’s in the world. Roger has completed the Clinical Research Training course of National Institute of Health, Office of Clinical Research Training & Medical Education.

A dog’s nose is an exquisite piece of machinery, capable of smelling in parts per trillion. When making the analogy to human vision, what you and I can see at 1/3 of a mile, a dog could see at more than 3,000 miles away, and see just as clearly.


Experienced and certified canine trainers collaborate with research organizations to establish biomarker handling, training and research protocols for unique scent discrimination projects. Dogs are screened, selected and trained on diseased and healthy control samples with advanced scent detection methods.

We provide the expertise necessary to take full advantage of these emerging, specialized and promising early detection efforts.



Over the past ten years, studies have been performed confirming the extraordinary sensitivity and specificity canines possess in detecting smells.

Canine studies with strict controls for analysis of human vapor characteristics of breath, blood, and urine have been successfully used in the detection of lung, breast, prostate, ovarian, colon and melanoma cancers. Our dogs add a new and exciting dimension to screening and early cancer detection.