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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know | [Alexandra Horowitz]

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

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.
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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 listeners 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 will help 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.

©2009 Alexandra Horowitz; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Inside of a Dog is a most welcome authoritative, personal, and witty book about what it is like to be a dog." (Marc Bekoff, award-winning author of The Emotional Lives of Animals)

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    Chris indianapolis, IN, USA 04-19-10
    Chris indianapolis, IN, USA 04-19-10
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    "Not so bad"

    This book is written by an ethologist, It's a non-fiction observational piece written from the perspective of one trained in the psychology of animals. It's not "Marley and Me" part 2. So in a sense, if you're expecting this book to be the endearing story of a girl and her dog you'll likely be disappointed if you're not also the kind of person that reads other science-oriented books. This book is more about the science of dog behavior and symbiosis with humans than about how cute puppies are. I did enjoy the book overall and found it to be informative and insightful. The narration is a little bland, but that's not as bad as having someone inflecting every other phrase improperly in an attempt to make false drama. I recently lost a dog to illness and old age that I lived with for 14 years and this book has made me feel better about the life I gave my dear companion. I don't completely agree with every premise herein, however that doesn't detract from quality of the product overall in my opinion. If you're into learning different ways of understanding things you're already familiar with and expanding your world-view this book might be for you.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Irving, TX, USA 07-18-10
    Linda Irving, TX, USA 07-18-10
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    "informative"

    This book is written for people who want to learn something from the author about canine behavior. She provides interesting insights, however, I think in a few places she would be at odds with The Dog Whisper, accepted norms on canine nutrition and the evolution of the canine anatomy...dew claws are not for traction.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy A. Smith Sun City, CA United States 07-11-11
    Nancy A. Smith Sun City, CA United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Grand story, painful narration"

    Although I enjoyed the insights provided by this book in understanding why my dogs behave as they do, I almost couldn't finish listening to it because of the narrator. Her audible gasps for breath in irregular places drove me to distraction! This book is scholarly and somewhat dry, but gave me a lot of ideas in how better to train my dogs by putting myself in their fur instead of assuming human motivations for them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Kim Etna, NH, United States 06-10-12
    Joshua Kim Etna, NH, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2005

    mostly nonfiction listener

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    "A Must for Dog Parents"

    Don't read this book unless you live with a dog. If a dog is part of your family, then I recommend that you read it together. Understanding your dog from her perspective will make you both happier. And when you read the book please do not take it out of the library, but spring for the audio, digital or dead tree version. We want the author to get the money, as she deserves some tangible rewards for being brave enough to break convention and make the study of the house dog a legitimate field of scientific inquiry.

    The best parts of the book debunk the myths of dog training (the Dog Whisperer does not come off very well) by diving into the biology and evolutionary history of our canine companions. For instance, wolves (who share a common ancestor with dogs) do not live in hierarchical but familial packs. And if you want to understand your dog, you have to get on your hands and knees and smell the world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Buffalo, NY, USA 10-25-09
    Karen Buffalo, NY, USA 10-25-09
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    "biography of pump"

    not much substance - written more like an account of author's own dog - Pump: woven with some facts of dogs in general and other animals.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Massachusetts 08-20-10
    Jim Massachusetts 08-20-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Disappointed"

    As a dog aficionado, I was very excited to listen to this audiobook but turned out to be quite disappointed when finished. The book is a series of interesting dog facts interspersed with the authors opinions on dog behavior/psychology/training. I've been around dogs my entire life and raised quite a few myself and I disagree with much of what the author says outside of her dog biology information. It seems she is basing much of her opninions from her interactions with her small, friendly dog. Anyone who's ever raised any of the large/dominant breeds of dogs will either get a good laugh from this book or will be thoroughly disgusted at having wasted the money.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    alison weare, NH, United States 03-09-10
    alison weare, NH, United States 03-09-10 Member Since 2008

    "Hi My name is Ali and I'm an Audible addict." "Hi Ali!"

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    "informative but dull"

    I was drawn to this book by the cover art and that I have three labs at home. The book seems like the dissertation of a PhD candidate, with the "author's note" thrown in for the regular folk. When the author is being real its great, when she is being high falutent explaining her research it drags like a textbook.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Donna United States 05-01-12
    Donna United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Dog lover, trainer and exhibitor. Like mysteries. Political conservative.

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    "Incredible Insight into the world of dogs"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inside of a Dog to be better than the print version?

    Yes, voice expression and modulation adds tremendously to some of the science about dogs and thier capabilities.


    What other book might you compare Inside of a Dog to and why?

    The Truth About Dogs


    Which scene was your favorite?

    About scenting and how dogs "see" the world through their nose. Also how this helps our dogs bond to us. When dogs smell a beloved owner's scent, they feel like we do when we see a person we love very much.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted to digest it a subject at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would be very helpful to the many people, and especially to the dogs owned by those people, who think of dogs as "little people", which they are not. It would help people to understand the "why" from a canine point of view vs. trying to interpret dogs' actions using human ideas and motivations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Weingarten Mamaroneck, NY USA 10-25-09
    K. Weingarten Mamaroneck, NY USA 10-25-09 Listener Since 2002
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    "not enough new"

    Narrator stiff and phoney. Book a bore

    14 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Sindy Acton, CA, USA 03-16-10
    Sindy Acton, CA, USA 03-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Where are the Dog bits?"

    I'm struggling with this book. I'm learning about ticks, rats, wolves, researchers...but not dogs. How many times can you say Anthropomorphism?

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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