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

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What's going on in your dog's head? Although we've lived with dogs for thousands of years, we still don't know for sure what or if they think. Behavioral scientist Horowitz answers these questions in an engaging and entertaining style. A staff favorite last year in hardcover. — Louise Jones

An engaging analysis of canine behavior. Anecdotes of the author's own dog are used to illustrate behavior in this entertaining book on our animal friends. — Northshire Staff

I am grateful for my dog!! Unconditional love and a tail... — Nancy Scheemaker

Have you been guilty of anthropomorphizing your canine companion? Are you ignoring his or her doggy umwelt? Inside of a Dog is written by a behavioral scientist and dog lover who has used her scientific skills to analyse canine behaviour. Anecdotes about the authors own dog are used to illustrate the behavior being discussed, before a scientific explanation is proposed. This book is packed wth many interesting details about our dog friends, such as how their eyes and nose differ from ours and how that impacts their view of the world. Humans and canines have lived together for thousands of years and yet we still can only guess at what they think...or if they think. Alexandra Horowitz has helped answer this question in an engaging and entertaining style, and has helped increase my understanding of what dogs think and know. — Northshire Staff


The #1 New York Times 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.

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. What’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? What’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?

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.

About the Author

Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and KnowBeing a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell; and Our Dogs, Ourselves. She teaches at Barnard College, where she runs the Dog Cognition Lab. She lives with her family and two large, highly sniffy dogs, one cat, and one puppy in New York City.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781416583431
ISBN-10: 1416583432
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: September 28th, 2010
Pages: 384
Language: English