Secrets of the Snout: The Dog’s Incredible Nose


by Frank Rosell


Secrets of the Snout: The Dog’s Incredible Nose

by Frank Rosell

Translated by Diane Oatley

ISBN: 9780226536361

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press

Publication Year:  2014

Format:  Trade Paperback

Pages:  160

From the inside flap:

Dogs and humans have worked side by side for thousands of years, and over the millennia we’ve come to depend upon our pooches as hunters, protectors, and faithful companions. But when it comes to the extraordinary quality of man’s best friend that we rely on m most, the winner is clear – by a nose. In Secrets of the Snout, Frank Rosell blends storytelling and science as he sniffs out the myriad ways in which dogs have been trained to employ their incredible olfactory skills.

Rosell introduces us to a pack of superhero sniffers including Tutta, a dog with a nose for fine wine; the pet-finder pooch AJ; search-and-rescue dog Barry; the hunting dog Balder; the police dogs Rasko and Trixxi; the military dog Lisa; the cancer detection dog Jack; Tucker, who scents floating killer whale feces; and even Elvis, who can smell when you’re ovulating. With each dog, Rosell turns his nose to the evolution of the unique olfactory systems involved, which doors dogs detect, and how they do it.

A celebration of how the canine sense for scents works – and works for us  Secrets of the Snout will have dog lovers, trainers, and researchers alike all howling with delight. Exploring this most pointed of canine wonders, Rosell reveals the often surprising ways in which dogs are bettering our world one nose at a time.

From the back cover:

“As a beaver researcher, Frank Rosell had the inspired idea to use the dog nose to distinguish castoreum, the odorant beavers leave on their territories, and anal gland secretions. In this encyclopedic compendium, Rosell details all the things he then learned that the fantastic dog nose can find, from the spruce bark beetle to golf balls to cows in estrus. Any dog owner who has been, as I have, following their dog’s nose, will be fascinated at this long list of what the nose of the companion by our sides can do.” – Alexandra Horowitz, author of Being a Dog

” This is a wonderful book, well researched and up to date. An exhaustive work that will help everyone who uses dogs for their scenting capabilities, it will also appeal to pet owners who want to learn more about their dogs’ noses and what they can detect.” – Susan Bulanda, certified animal behavior consultant and SAR dog expert

About the Author:

Frank Rosell is professor in the Department of Environmental and Health Sciences at University College of Southeast Norway, where his research explores the chemical communication of mammals and how it can be used in species conservation.

Diane Oatley has worked as translator of Norwegian fiction and nonfiction for more than twenty years. She lives in Norway and Spain.

Additional information

Weight .6 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.9 × 2.5 cm

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