Book review: What The Dog Knows: Scent, Science, And The Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive The World

Dogs are so much more than a man’s best friend. Beyond the unconditional love and attention are astounding capabilities, intelligence and potential.

Cat Warren

Scribe, £9.99;

ebook, £4.53

Cat Warren, in her first single-authored book, explores just that in the lovingly-written What the Dog Knows, shining a light on their capacities, while offering context and history.

The book is written around the author’s experience of training her German shepherd, Solo, to become a volunteer cadaver dog, detailing that journey while exploring the capabilities of other breeds.

It is written in the style of an American long read with an academic edge — little surprise given Warren is a university professor and former journalist — and maintains a good flow.

The research is as impressive as the writing in a book that highlights just how special these animals are.


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