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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Knowby Alexandra Horowitz
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The bestselling book that asks what dogs know and how they think. 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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Horowitz introduces the reader to dogsand#8217; perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a picture of what it might be like to andlt;Iandgt;be andlt;/Iandgt;a dog. Whatand#8217;s 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? Whatand#8217;s 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?andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Inside of a Dog andlt;/Iandgt;explains these things and much more. The answers can be surprisingand#8212;once we set aside our natural inclination to anthropomorphize dogs. andlt;Iandgt;Inside of a Dog andlt;/Iandgt;also contains up-to-the-minute researchand#8212;on dogsand#8217; detection of disease, the secrets of their tails, and their skill at reading our attentionand#8212;that Horowitz puts into useful context. Although not a formal training guide, andlt;Iandgt;Inside of a Dog andlt;/Iandgt;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.
A psychologist and aficionado offers insight into the canine mind, drawing on current cognitive research to illuminate a dog's perceptual abilities and the experiences that shape dog behavior, in a report that also shares stories about the author's relationship with her canine friend, Pumpernickel.
Temple Grandin meets Stephen Pinker in this engaging and informative look at what goes on inside the minds of dogs—from a cognitive scientist with a background at The New Yorker.
With more than 52 million pet dogs in America today, it’s clear we are a nation of unabashed dog-lovers. Yet the relationship between dogs and humans remains a fascinating mystery, as no one really knows what goes on in the canine mind. Now, in Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz fuses her perspectives as both scientist and dog-owner to deliver a fresh look at the world of dogs—as seen from the animal’s point of view. Inspired by her years of living with her own dog, Pumpernickel, who was a constant source of delight and mystery, Horowitz’s mind became filled with questions and ideas. In crisp, clear prose, she draws on her research in the field of dog cognition to give readers a sense of a dog’s perceptual and cognitive abilities—and paints a picture of what the canine experience is like. Horowitz’s own scientific journey, and the insights she uncovered, allowed her to understand her dog better and appreciate her more.
Containing up-to-the minute research and providing many moments of dog-behavior recognition, this lively and absorbing book helps dog owners to see their best friend’s behavior in a different, and revealing light, allowing them to understand their pets and enjoy their company even more.
About the Author
Alexandra Horowitzandlt;Bandgt; andlt;/Bandgt;is the author of the bestselling andlt;iandgt;Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Knowandlt;/iandgt;. She teaches psychology, animal behavior, and canine cognition at Barnard College, Columbia University. In New York City, Alexandra walks with her husband, the writer Ammon Shea, her son, and two large, non-heeling dogs.
Table of Contents
Umwelt : from the dog's point of nose — Belonging to the house — Sniff — Mute — Dog-eyed — See by a dog — Canine anthropologists - Noble mind — Inside of a dog — You had me at hello — The importance of mornings.
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