Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

by Meish Goldish

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Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
This is one title in a series called "Dog Heroes," featuring photographs of trained, bomb-sniffing dogs and their handlers. We learn about the job these animals are trained for, including alerting soldiers to bombs in war settings, protecting citizens at sports arenas and stadiums, and guarding travelers in airports, bus and train stations. Each page features a compact paragraph, with new or unusual words highlighted in bold, and insets that explain vocabulary, along with color photographs which add context to the words. The book explains why dogs are so well suited to this task (their strong sense of smell) and which breeds have been found to be the best choice for training: German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Vizslas, and Labrador Retrievers. Readers learn how the dogs are trained and the kinds of activities handlers introduce each step of the way. At the end of training most dogs have learned to recognize twelve to twenty elements used to create explosives. The book is comprehensive yet very organized, including information about how the animals play and are rewarded, parts of the world where they are most active, and what happens to them when they are retired. There is a summation of the main points at the close of the book, along with photos of each of the four main breeds. A glossary, bibliography, references and web sites appear before the index. The book is a good choice for classrooms and libraries, and will have very high appeal to quite a wide range of readers, including "at-risk" or reluctant readers. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan

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Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
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Dog Heroes Series
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Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

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