Pest-Sniffing Dogs

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Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Dogs are smart and they have super noses that smell odors up to 100 times better than humans. So when a pest problem arises, specially trained dogs get moving to sniff out the source of the pests. Dogs are good for this job, not only because of their sense of smell, but because they can quickly examine an area. However, they need to have intense training for two or three months to hone their skills. Some dogs go to the Florida Canine Academy for training while others attend the Falco K-9 Academy in California and others go to different training centers. This attractive, nonfiction book features dogs that hunt for bed-bugs, termites, and mealy bugs. The format is laid out with two-page chapters. Chapters include intriguing titles such as Dog Detectives, House Eaters, Smell and Tell, and Best for a Pest. Large, crisp and colorful photos show dogs in training exercises and dogs as they work. In addition, close-up photos of termites, mealy bugs, and bed bugs are fascinating. Text is concise and is limited to one paragraph per page to make this book high interest but with an easy-to-read text. Side-bars add more facts to the book. Readers will learn that pests are not a new development. Bed bugs were a problem in the U.S. back in the 1800s. End material features a "Just the Facts" page and a photo page of common breeds of dogs used to sniff for pests. This is one of the books in the "Dog Heroes" series. It will do well in elementary libraries and classrooms. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617724541
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Dog Heroes Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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