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What the Dog Knows Young Readers Edition: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World

Solo has a fine nose and knows how to use it, but he's only one of many thousands of scent-detection dogs all over the United States. That's a group that includes cadaver dogs, tracking, trailing, and apprehension dogs; dogs that can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers; and even dogs that can find drowning victims more than two hundred feet below the surface of a lake. All these dogs love to use their noses. They think their job is simply the best, most interesting game they've ever played! What good working dogs can do may seem magical or mysterious, but What the dog knows shows the science, the rigorous training, and the skilled handling that underlie these amazing abilities"

"Learn about the fascinating world of training working dogs to identify scents, rescue people, find explosives, and assist law enforcement." —Temple Grandin
"Beautifully illustrated, What the Dog Knows is perfect for young minds who will embrace the almost magical world of dogs and scent detection." —Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods, authors of The Genius of Dogs

Ages 9+

Doctor Dogs: How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine

Goodavage brings us behind the scenes of cutting-edge science at top research centers, and into the lives of people whose well-being depends on their devoted, highly skilled personal MDs (medical dogs). We meet dogs who detect cancer and Parkinson's disease, and dogs who alert people to seizures and diabetic lows or highs and other life-threatening physical ailments. Goodavage reveals the revolutionary ways dogs are helping those with autism, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. And she introduces us to intrepid canines who are protecting us from antibiotic-resistant bugs, and to dogs who may one day help keep us safe from epidemic catastrophe. Their paycheck for their lifesaving work? Heartfelt praise and a tasty treat or favorite toy.

You don't have to be a dog lover to care deeply about what these dogs are doing and what we are learning from them—although if you're not a dog lover, you probably will be by the end of these books.


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