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What the dog knows

scent, science, and the amazing ways dogs perceive the world

Cat Warren (Professor)



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Scribe Publications
31 October 2016
Taking us from crime scenes to training sites and science labs, talking and working with other handlers and trainers, and interviewing animal psychologists, forensic anthropologists, breeders and scent researchers, Warren explains how working dogs can capture the hidden worlds their noses know, then translate that arcane knowledge for humans.

The fascinating concepts behind the complex capabilities of working dogs emerge as Warren weaves the world of science and dog cognition with her own experiences in the field, all with an unsentimental, yet sensitive, touch.

What the Dog Knows tells the stories of cadaver dogs, drug and bomb detecting K9s, tracking and apprehension dogs, even dogs who can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers and help find drowning victims more than 200 feet below the surface of a lake! Working dogs sometimes seem magical as they distinguish scent, cover territory and accomplish tasks that no machine is yet capable of.

With an additional chapter now included in the paperback edition, What the Dog Knows reveals the science, intense training and skilled handling that lie behind these abilities, helping to explain why we keep finding new uses for the wonderful noses of working dogs.
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   354g
ISBN:   9781925321777
ISBN 10:   1925321770
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Cat Warren is a professor and former journalist with a somewhat unorthodox hobby: she works with cadaver dogs : dogs who search for missing and presumed-dead people. What started as a way to harness the energies of her unruly, smart, German shepherd puppy, Solo, soon became a passion for them both (though Solo thinks it's simply a great game, with the reward of a toy at the end). They searched for the missing throughout North Carolina for eight years.

Reviews for What the dog knows: scent, science, and the amazing ways dogs perceive the world

'What the Dog Knows is a fascinating, deeply reported journey into scent, death, forensics and the amazing things dogs can do with their noses: sniffing out graves, truffles, bedbugs, maybe even cancer. But it's also a moving story of how one woman transformed her troubled dog into a loving companion and an asset to society, all while stumbling on the beauty of life in their searches for death.' -Rebecca Skloot, The New York Times Book Review;'It you have ever loved a dog, you must read this book. I loved it!' -Robert Crais, author of Suspect;'A personal, informed account of the myths and truths of working dogs.' -Los Angeles Times;'Masterfully shows how even the best technology cannot compete with our best friends. If you have ever wondered what dogs are truly capable of, this is the book for you.' -Brian Hare, author of The Genius of Dogs;'A book for anyone who loves dogs, and has watched them catch a scent on the wind or in the leaves on the ground and wondered about that brilliant organ they possess: the nose.' -Virginia Morell, author of Animal Wise;'A meaty, fascinating tour of not only what led humans to train dogs to sniff drugs, bombs and dead bodies but also the science behind why dogs can be good at these tasks.' -Raleigh News & Observer;'Warren writes with verve and provides rare insight into our working partnership with canines.' -Kirkus Reviews;'A beautifully written, fascinating, heartwarming, and oft-hilarious homage to working dogs.' -Maria Goodavage, author of Soldier Dogs;'It's a lively read, rich with details on the exhausting and rewarding process of training a working dog, but in the end, you realize that the process is really about bonding in a way that transcends - or perhaps sidesteps knowing.' -Natural History

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