What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: October 2013
Duration: 11 hours 7 minutes
Cat Warren is a tenured university professor with an odd hobby: she has a cadaver dog, and together they search for the dead. In WHAT THE DOG KNOWS, Warren recounts her astounding adventure into the world of missing persons, from adopting a miscreant puppy, Solo, who refused to be trained, stumbling upon an odd outlet for his energy, and their near decade of work together for the police K9 unit that works with dogs like hers to recover missing bodies.
WHAT THE DOG KNOWS tells the story of their searches as the oddest of odd couples, the people they have found, and those they haven’t. It’s a non-fiction mystery and memoir that explores cadaver dog work, canine intelligence, forensics, criminal justice, and injustice, and the increasingly unnatural world of the southeastern United States.
WHAT THE DOG KNOWS also explores the complex world and science of scent-detection dogs, including police patrol and narcotics dogs, search and tracking dogs, and even conservation dogs. The book goes from crime scenes to training sites to a body farm, and incorporates interviews with cognitive psychologists, forensic anthropologists, detectives, military researchers, veterinarians and epidemiologists, dog handlers, trainers, breeders, taphonomists, and scent researchers. It weaves together the worlds of academic scientific research with narratives of dog training in an accessible yet unsentimental way.