What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs

What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs

Cat Warren


A firsthand exploration of the attention-grabbing global of “working dogs”—who hunt down lacking folks, sniff for explosives in struggle zones, and find long-dead remains—through the studies of a journalist and her dogs better half, an incorrigible puppy named Solo.

Cat Warren is a college professor and previous journalist with an admittedly extraordinary pastime: She and her German shepherd have spent the final seven years looking for the useless. Solo is a cadaver puppy. What begun in an effort to harness Solo’s unruly strength and exuberance quickly turned a calling that brought Warren to the hidden and engaging universe of operating canine, their handlers, and their trainers.

Solo has a superb nostril and is familiar with how one can use it, yet he’s just one of many millions of operating canines all around the usa and past. In What the puppy Knows, Warren makes use of her ongoing paintings with Solo with a view to discover a charming box that incorporates cadaver canines, drug- and bomb-detecting K9s, monitoring and apprehension dogs—even canines who can find unmarked graves of Civil battle infantrymen and support locate drowning sufferers greater than 200 toes less than the skin of a lake. operating canine’ talents could seem magical or mysterious, yet Warren exhibits the multifaceted technological know-how, the rigorous education, and the expert dealing with that underlie the fantastic skills of canine who paintings with their noses.

Warren interviews cognitive psychologists, historians, medical experts, epidemiologists, and forensic anthropologists, in addition to the breeders, running shoes, and handlers who paintings with and depend upon those striking and adaptable animals day-by-day. alongside the way in which, she discovers tale after tale that proves the extraordinary capabilities—as good because the very genuine limits—of operating canine and their human companions. Clear-eyed and unsentimental, Warren explains why our partnership with canine is woven into the cloth of society and why we retain discovering new makes use of for his or her excellent noses.

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