Some dogs don’t make good pets, but they can be great on the job. I learned reading this book that dogs have thirty times the number of smell receptors in their noses than humans do. They can smell in layers. When we might say, “that smells like apple pie,” a dog can smell the distinct parts of the pie individually, all at once….apple, sugar, flour, cinnamon. Humans can’t SEE smells, and humans can’t smell in layers, but dogs can. They make great detectives! They can smell clues people can’t! And believe it or not, one useful thing they can do is smell different kinds of animal poop. These dog detectives make great partners for animal scientists.
It might seem odd to spend years searching out animal poop, but when you understand why, it makes perfect sense. As Dr. Wasser, one of the scientists in this book who studies animals says about studying poop, “You can get a lot of information on a species without ever seeing a single animal.” (page 12) And that is important, because the scientists don’t have to see or disturb the animals to find out what they need to know. So studying poop, is really pretty brilliant. In this book you can go alongside scientists and their dog partners as they track bears, wild cats and even whales!
- Amazon Look Inside: Poop Detectives
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- World Wildlife Federation: Canines and Contraband: Sniffer Dogs Help to Stop Wildlife Crime
- ATF for Kids: I’m a Bomb Dog Now, My Life as an Explosive Detection Canine
- Easy Science for Kids: All About Police Dogs – The Perfect Sniffers
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