What the Dog Knows Young Readers Edition

Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World

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About The Book

In this young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller, Cat Warren and her canine companion, Solo, teach readers that the nose knows no bounds when it comes to working together, being persistent, and helping others.

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.

About The Author
Photograph by Juli Leonard

Cat Warren is a professor at North Carolina State University, where she teaches science journalism, editing, and creative nonfiction courses. Before starting her academic career, Warren worked for newspapers across the United States, reporting on crime, poverty, and politics, from California to Wyoming to Connecticut. Warren started training her young German shepherd, Solo, as a cadaver dog in 2004. She and Solo were called to search for the missing across North Carolina for a number of years. She lives in downtown Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, David Auerbach, a retired professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University, and their two German shepherds. Visit CatWarren.com.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 2019)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534428140
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12

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Raves and Reviews

"What the Dog Knows offers a fascinating, fun glimpse into the world of dogs. If you've ever loved a dog, you will adore this book."

– Robert Crais, NYT bestselling mystery author of SUSPECT and THE WANTED

"Learn about the fascinating world of training working dogs to identify scents, rescue people, find explosives, and assist law enforcement."

– Temple Grandin, NYT bestselling author of ANIMALS IN TRANSLATION and ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN

What the Dog Knows is far more uplifting than any book featuring human cadavers, regular tick sightings, and travels through poison ivy has any right to be. Go find it!”


"I'd like to shake Solo's paw for inspiring this super-interesting, fun book about how four-legged heroes work."

– Maria Goodavage, NYT bestselling author of TOP DOG: THE STORY OF MARINE HERO LUCCA

“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, NYT bestselling authors of THE GENIUS OF DOGS

“Cat Warren takes her readers on an exciting, fast-paced journey into the world of scents.”

– Virginia Morell, NYT bestselling author of ANIMAL WISE: HOW WE KNOW ANIMALS THINK AND FEEL

"A smart, funny, haunting exploration of the ways that we train dogs—and the ways that dogs teach us, sometimes even more, in return."

– Deborah Blum, NYT bestselling author of THE POISONERS HANDBOOK and THE POISON SQUAD

“[Cat Warren] shows us how books can engage a reader’s curiosity while illustrating the power of honesty and learning from one’s mistakes. A brilliant addition to a Young Reader’s library.”

– Patricia B. McConnell, author of THE OTHER END OF THE LEASH

"A fresh and fascinating account of life living and working with a sniffer dog who is not only a great buddy, but can also find bodies buried in the woods. Equal parts detective story, animal adventure, and voyage of discovery."


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