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Poop Detectives: Working Dogs in the Field

By: Ginger Wadsworth

How can dogs that sniff for clues in excrement, urine, vomit, and mucus help protect animals from extinction? Author's note. Glossary. Resources. Quotation sources. Selected bibliography. Index. Full-color photographs.

ISBN: 9781580896504

JLG Release: Jan 2017


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Topics: Working Dogs for Conservation , Training dogs , Detector dogs , Working dogs , Endangered species , Scat-detection dogs , Science and scientists , Invasive species

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Awards & Honors

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books 2017

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Scat can tell scientists a lot about an animal’s age, gender, diet, and health without harming the animal or the researcher. Scat-detection dogs are conservation heroes that use their amazing sense of smell to locate the feces, urine, horn, and hair of a targeted animal. This elite group of canines travel the world to help find and save endan Scat can tell scientists a lot about an animal’s age, gender, diet, and health without harming the animal or the researcher. Scat-detection dogs are conservation heroes that use their amazing sense of smell to locate the feces, urine, horn, and hair of a targeted animal. This elite group of canines travel the world to help find and save endangered animals one poop at a time. The origin of these super sniffers (with Samuel Wasser recognized as the pioneer of the scat-detection field), how the rescued dogs are selected and trained, and specific examples of the different duties these dogs are assigned are covered. One example is a story about Tucker, a happy-go-lucky Labrador retriever mix who doesn’t like to swim but is an expert at finding orca poop. VERDICT A fine selection that will appeal to a wide range of readers, from dog and science lovers to conservation enthusiasts and kids who enjoy all things poop related.—Paula Huddy, The Blake School-Highcroft Campus, Wayzata, MN

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Readers will likely be familiar with dogs that work with law enforcement and ranchers or those that provide assistance to people with disabilities. They may be surprised to learn that there are dogs that perform a critical task for wildlife ecologists and biologists: animal scat detection. The fecal matter of many animals provides clues to their he Readers will likely be familiar with dogs that work with law enforcement and ranchers or those that provide assistance to people with disabilities. They may be surprised to learn that there are dogs that perform a critical task for wildlife ecologists and biologists: animal scat detection. The fecal matter of many animals provides clues to their health, and studying poop allows researchers to avoid trapping or killing animals to obtain this data. Wadsworth explains the training procedures for “detection canines,” and then follows the dogs into the field. Numerous examples are provided to show how dogs’ keen sense of smell is utilized to find the scat of all sorts of animals, including bears, gorillas, sea turtles, and even whales (whale poop floats for a time), in addition to locating invasive species in the wild. Wadsworth conveys her fascination with the topic and her love of canines through excellent photographs of the enthusiastic dogs at work in the field with their handlers, as well as the creatures they sniff out. Copious asides and text boxes, and resources for further investigation, cover the topic thoroughly. danielle j. ford

Book Details

ISBN

9781580896504

First Release

January 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

636.7/0886

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 11"

Page Count

80

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.8; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 7.6; Points: 5;

Lexile

Level 1070L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Charlesbridge

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Working Dogs for Conservation, Training dogs, Detector dogs, Working dogs, Endangered species, Scat-detection dogs, Science and scientists, Invasive species,

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