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 international of “working dogs”—who search out lacking folks, sniff for explosives in battle zones, and find long-dead remains—through the studies of a journalist and her canines better half, an incorrigible doggy named Solo.

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

Solo has an outstanding nostril and is aware the way to use it, yet he’s just one of many millions of operating canine all around the usa and past. In What the puppy Knows, Warren makes use of her ongoing paintings with Solo which will discover an enthralling box that comes with cadaver canines, drug- and bomb-detecting K9s, monitoring and apprehension dogs—even canines who can find unmarked graves of Civil struggle infantrymen and support locate drowning sufferers greater than 200 toes under the outside of a lake. operating canines’ skills could seem magical or mysterious, yet Warren indicates 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 on those striking and adaptable animals day-by-day. alongside the best way, she discovers tale after tale that proves the notable capabilities—as good because the very actual limits—of operating canine and their human companions. Clear-eyed and unsentimental, Warren explains why our partnership with canines is woven into the cloth of society and why we hold discovering new makes use of for his or her magnificent noses.

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