Riley is a Weimaraner . Its holder is an employee of the museum. As part of a pilot project, Riley is to become the first dog to help protect cultural property worth preserving from moths, woodworms and spores by displaying them . The dog is trained by its trainer to detect pests on the basis of their smell and then to sit in front of the cultural property that is threatened by infestation and to be protected in order to draw attention to the impending danger.
The basic idea of choosing a dog to protect museum objects came about in the autumn of 2017 when museum employees were considering how to better protect the 45,000 exhibits, including paintings, musical instruments and items of clothing, from pests.
The Smithsonian Magazine described Riley on January 11, 2018 to be particularly suitable for pest control in a museum because it has no long tail, which would hurt at work in a place with many fragile items sooner.
The New York Times stated on January 11, 2018 that “Riley is definitely not the first dog to be able to obey simple commands like 'sit' and 'get off the couch', but it appears to be the first dog to be trained, works of art to protect in a museum. "
- Riley the Museum Dog Introducing the dog on the Museum of Fine Arts website
- ECPN Profile on Riley at conservators-converse.org
- Riley the Museum Dog . In: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston . February 1, 2018 ( mfa.org [accessed September 14, 2018]).
- http://www.sueddeutsche.de/panorama/tiere-kommissar-riley-1.3929703 A dog in the service of art - Süddeutsche Zeitung
- https://www.aerztezeitung.de/panorama/article/964279/rummel-riley-motten-monet-hund-findet-heraus.html Hype about Riley: Motten im Monet? A dog finds out - ÄrzteZeitung
- https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boston-museum-training-puppy-sniff-out-art-chewing-insects-180967804/ Meet Riley, the Puppy Training to Sniff Out Bugs in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (English)
- https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/arts/dog-training-museum.html Boston Museum Tries New System for Protecting Artwork: A Dog's Nose (English)