Get Inside the Head of Your Furry Pal in “What the Dog Knows”
In What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs, university professor Cat Warren unfolds the beauty of relationships with working dogs, like her own German Shepherd, Solo.
While most people shy away when they see working dogs such as police K9s or bomb-sniffing dogs due to the stereotypes presented in the media that dogs, like German Shepherds, are “vicious” and “uncontrollable,” thanks to Warren’s talent for storytelling and the countless interviews contained within the pages of the book, you’ll see just how amazing these animals really are. From interviews with cognitive psychologists, forensic anthropologists, breeders, dog trainers, and of course, many of the handlers themselves, Warren unveils stories that show the remarkability of these animals and how much humans rely on them. After all, when you’re the handler of a working dog, success isn’t a given. It takes time, energy, and a whole lot of training to develop the strong bond between owner and working canine. However, Warren also elaborates in all its gruesome detail how even the best working dogs and their handlers have their bad days, and of course, the situations they find themselves can wind up being overly complicated as well.
What the Dog Knows is a fascinating non-fiction novel that’s an interesting blend of science, history, and Warren’s own memoirs that allows you to gain an honest look at the vital role working dogs play in our society.