What the Dog Knows

  • by Cat Warren
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cat Warren is a university professor and former journalist with an admittedly odd hobby: She and her German shepherd have spent the last seven years searching for the dead. Solo is a cadaver dog. What started as a way to harness Solo’s unruly energy and enthusiasm soon became a calling that introduced Warren to the hidden and fascinating universe of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.
Solo has a fine nose and knows how to use it, but he’s only one of many thousands of working dogs all over the United States and beyond. In What the Dog Knows, Warren uses her ongoing work with Solo as a way to explore a captivating field that includes 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 two hundred feet below the surface of a lake. Working dogs’ abilities may seem magical or mysterious, but Warren shows the multifaceted science, the rigorous training, and the skilled handling that underlie the amazing abilities of dogs who work with their noses.
Warren interviews cognitive psychologists, historians, medical examiners, epidemiologists, and forensic anthropologists, as well as the breeders, trainers, and handlers who work with and rely on these remarkable and adaptable animals daily. Along the way, she discovers story after story that proves the impressive capabilities - as well as the very real limits - of working dogs and their human partners. Clear-eyed and unsentimental, Warren explains why our partnership with dogs is woven into the fabric of society and why we keep finding new uses for their wonderful noses.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

So, what does the dog know?

Misleading title. I knew this book would be mainly about working dogs, but I expected it to be mostly about dog intelligence. It was mainly just a collection of random stories, statistics and facts and cadaver searches that involved dogs and other technology that has tried to replace the dogs. It was too long as there were way too many unnecessary details. It was scattered and hard to follow. It also ended abruptly. I would NOT recommend unless you are terribly interested in the world of cadaver search.
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- Brittany

A cadaver dog?

Very interesting discussion of how college professor who loves dogs came to find an appropriate avocation for her high strung Singleton German Shepherd with very poor social skills. I always wondered how people came to do this kind of volunteer work. I love dogs myself, but never considered the possibility of turning one of my dogs into a working dog. Her discussion of the rigor of this work is inspiring.
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- Valerie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2013
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio