15-12 Story 2: What the Dog Knows – Navigating the world through scent

 

Synopsis: Search dogs will follow a scent for miles and even put their lives in danger looking for survivors of mudslides and building collapses. How do they do it, and why? We talk to a search dog owner and trainer about these amazing animals, the physiology that helps them hone in on a single scent, and why they will work for hours in horrid conditions for their handlers.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Cat Warren, cadaver dog owner and trainer, author of the book, “What the Dog Knows: Scent, science and the amazing ways dogs perceive the world.

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