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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know Paperback – Print, September 28, 2010
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Psychology professor and dog person Horowitz was studying the ethology (the science of animal behavior) of white rhinos and bonobos at the San Diego Zoo when she realized that her research techniques could just as easily apply to dogs at the local dog park; there, she began to see "snapshots of the minds of the dogs" in their play. Over eight years of study, she's found that, though humans bond with their dogs closely, they're clueless when it comes to understanding what dogs perceive-leading her to the not-inconsequential notion that dogs know us better than we know them. Horowitz begins by inviting readers into a dog's umwelt-his worldview-by imagining themselves living 18 inches or so above the ground, with incredible olfactory senses comparable to the human capacity for detailed sight in three dimensions (though dogs' sight, in combination with their sense of smell, may result in a more complex perception of "color" than humans can imagine). Social and communications skills are also explored, as well as the practicalities of dog owning (Horowitz disagrees with the "pack" approach to dog training). Dog lovers will find this book largely fascinating, despite Horowitz's meandering style and somnolent tone.
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"...causes one's dog-loving heart to flutter with astonishment and gratitude..." -The New York Times
"...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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Top Customer Reviews
Alexandra's writing is easy, captivating, endearing, and stunningly informative. After reading it, I was frankly grieved by what I didn't know. And for all my other Labs that I'd 'short sheeted' through my ignorance. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Got a dog? Although Fido will love you forever, if you read this book, you'll know what that means from HER perspective.
I started reading this book as research for a novel for which I needed to know more about the abilities, senses, and internal experiences of dogs, and I found it extremely useful for that purpose. It was also just plain interesting -- very much so. I only wish I could remember more of what I read. (I let more than a month go by between reading the first and second halves, so I already know I've forgotten quite a bit.)
The book can be a bit repetitive at times, but that is my only criticism.
I've had dogs from the no-so-bright to the, recently, very bright. She gives me insight into this range of personality, helping me understand why I loved them all.