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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know Paperback – Print, September 28, 2010
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"...a thoughtful take on the interior life of the dog....long on insight and short on jargon..." -Washington Post
"nearly flawless" -The Bark magazine
"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"
""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" (with Jessica Pierce)
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It's more of a cursory glance at canine cognitive ethology rather than a definitive volume, but if you're looking for a good introductory to canine cognitive ethology, this would be a great starter. The anecdotes are sweet and the science is pretty good, and written in a way that the regular Joe Dog Guardian can read it without breaking his brain.
HOWEVER. There is one VERY glaring "scientific" experiment that I feel she used for a bad conclusion, a conclusion whose inclusion of the flawed scientific experiment betrays the entire premise of the book itself.
In the section on "Hero Dogs" (dogs that have responded to emergencies and saved the lives of their owners and people in general), Horowitz details what she calls a "clever experiment" with dogs where
"owners conspired with the researchers to feign emergencies in the presence of their dogs, in order to see how the dogs responded. In one scenario, owners were trained to fake a heart attack, complete with gasping, a clutch of the chest, and a dramatic collapse. In the second scenario, owners yelped as a bookcase (made of particleboard) descended on them and seemed to pin them on the ground. In both cases, owners' dogs were present, and the dogs had been introduced to a bystander nearby--perhaps a good person to inform if there has been an emergency.
In these contrived setups, the dogs acted with interest and devotion, but not as though there was an emergency...
...In other words, not a single dog did anything that remotely helped their owners out of the predicaments.Read more ›
Dogs do not sense the world we do. To take one of Horowitz's examples, a rose for humans is a thing of visual and olfactory beauty, and also has connotations of a love gift.Read more ›
First, there is surprisingly little information in it. The author touches on each subject so briefly that only the most superficial observations can be made. Dog body language gets maybe two pages and includes such revelations as the meaning of a tucked tailed (discomfort and/or submission). Is there a dog owner in the world who doesn't already know that? Note: if that's new to you and you own a dog, stop reading this review and find a dog trainer immediately. In the 250 pages I managed to read, I found two things of interest: the description of canine vision, and speculation on a potential flaw in experiments on dog intelligence (to wit: dogs know that humans are great providers of food, so if a dog that gives up on the puzzle in front of him and runs over to the researcher for help, maybe he's being smart, not dumb).
Second, the author spends way too much time bemoaning human chauvinism. Apparently, all research into animal behavior is done to shore up our belief that humans are the rightful masters of the earth.
Third, the tone of this book is insistently, forcibly whimsical. Sometimes it hits the right note, and I did find myself laughing out lot a few times, particularly at an anecdote about a doberman put to work guarding a collection of valuable teddy bears. Unfortunately, it's more often grating, and I found myself rolling my eyes at the little vignettes about the author's dog that start every chapter. It truly pains me to write that, as love between a dog and an owner is such a wonderful thing.
Fourth, the text has some odd contradictions, one which is noted by the reviewer below me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book so much I bought several more copies for friends. The author gives a no nonsense comprehensive and evidence based overview of the reasons dogs are what they are and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by FL in NM
Utter rubbish. She knows nothing about dog behavior. Her research seems to be limited to reading other people's studies and watching her dog. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jeffery C. Smith
Outstanding book for dog trainers, though I imagine it could be hard reading for a novice . Well worth slogging through some of the wonky parts.Published 10 days ago by Catherine
This is the most illuminating, engaging and delightful scientific account of a dog's umwelt that I have ever read. Read morePublished 15 days ago by AKA Cooper
The author takes the reader inside the mind of the dog. At least as well as any other human can. He enlightens the journey with anecdotes about his dog which makes the read all... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Michael Manning MD MBA
Very informative and easily understandable. Never thought that there was so much to understand about dogs. I now look at my dog in a different wayPublished 1 month ago by Oliver D.