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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

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ISBN13: 9781416583431
ISBN10: 1416583432
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The bestselling book that asks what dogs know and how they think, now in paperback. The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human. Horowitz introduces the reader to dogs perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a picture of what it might be like to be a dog. Whats it like to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time? How does a tiny dog manage to play successfully with a Great Dane? What is it like to hear the bodily vibrations of insects or the hum of a fluorescent light? Why must a person on a bicycle be chased? Whats it like to use your mouth as a hand? In short, what is it like for a dog to experience life from two feet off the ground, amidst the smells of the sidewalk, gazing at our ankles or knees?

Inside of a Dog explains these things and much more. The answers can be surprising — once we set aside our natural inclination to anthropomorphize dogs. Inside of a Dog also contains up-to-the-minute research — on dogs detection of disease, the secrets of their tails, and their skill at reading our attention — that Horowitz puts into useful context. Although not a formal training guide, Inside of a Dog has practical application for dog lovers interested in understanding why their dogs do what they do. With a light touch and the weight of science behind her, Alexandra Horowitz examines the animal we think we know best but may actually understand the least. This book is as close as you can get to knowing about dogs without being a dog yourself.

Review:

"Discover why your dog is so sensitive to your emotions, gaze, and body language. Dogs live in a world of ever-changing intricate detail of smell. Read this captivating book and enter the sensory world of your dog." Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

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"Inside of a Dog is a most welcome authoritative, personal, and witty book about what it is like to be a dog. This engaging volume serves as a corrective to the many myths that circulate about just who our canine companions are. I hope this book enjoys the wide readership it deserves." Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals

Synopsis:

Alexandra Horowitz offers readers a fresh look at the world of dogs — from the dog's point of view.

About the Author

Alexandra Horowitz teaches psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University. Before her scientific career, Horowitz worked as a lexicographer at Merrian-Webster and served on the staff of The New Yorker. She and her husband live in New York City with Finnegan, a dog of indeterminate parentage and determinate character.

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Sami Gray, October 24, 2014 (view all comments by Sami Gray)
Like many dog-obsessive people, I find it fascinating to try to imagine how a dog experiences the world. Too often, people err on both ends of a continuum: either denying canine consciousness entirely, or seeing the dog as a short, fuzzy human with Judaeo-Christian moral ideas and post-Freudian neuroses. I think that our relationship with dogs is made possible in part by similarities, but enriched by differences (like the dog's present-centered, deeply sensory and nonverbal way of being).
Ethologist Horowitz reviews scientific evidence on the cognitive and perceptual world of dogs, their senses, social behavior, etc., to reach new understandings about the canine umwelt (as she terms it- "world view"). The science is presented in a lively and accessible way, in nicely written accounts of research by Horowitz herself and many others. The scientific material is interspersed with lovely passages that look like excerpts from a journal of close observations of her own dog. Smart and thought-provoking.
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Sami Gray, October 24, 2014 (view all comments by Sami Gray)
Like many dog-obsessive people, I find it fascinating to try to imagine how a dog experiences the world. Too often, people err on both ends of a continuum: either denying canine consciousness entirely, or seeing the dog as a short, fuzzy human with Judaeo-Christian moral ideas and post-Freudian neuroses. I think that our relationship with dogs is made possible in part by similarities, but enriched by differences (like the dog's present-centered, deeply sensory and nonverbal way of being).
Ethologist Horowitz reviews scientific evidence on the cognitive and perceptual world of dogs, their senses, social behavior, etc., to reach new understandings about the canine umwelt (as she terms it- "world view"). The science is presented in a lively and accessible way, in nicely written accounts of research by Horowitz herself and many others. The scientific material is interspersed with lovely passages that look like excerpts from a journal of close observations of her own dog. Smart and thought-provoking.
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Marieski, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Marieski)
This book is a delightful surprise! I expected to learn a bit about dog behavior and get some clues about my own dogs. I did not expect to be charmed, amused, and unable to put this book down! I am sure that I communicate better with my dogs after reading this. The author is a sound scientist and a talented writer. What a delightful combination!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416583431
Subtitle:
What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Author:
Horowitz, Alexandra
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
PETS / Dogs / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in

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"Review" by , "Discover why your dog is so sensitive to your emotions, gaze, and body language. Dogs live in a world of ever-changing intricate detail of smell. Read this captivating book and enter the sensory world of your dog."
"Review" by , "Inside of a Dog is a most welcome authoritative, personal, and witty book about what it is like to be a dog. This engaging volume serves as a corrective to the many myths that circulate about just who our canine companions are. I hope this book enjoys the wide readership it deserves."
"Synopsis" by , Alexandra Horowitz offers readers a fresh look at the world of dogs — from the dog's point of view.
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