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About the Creator and Performer

Ellen Furlong is the director of the Comparative Cognition Lab and an Associate Professor in Psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University. She received her BA in Mathematics from Transylvania University and her PhD in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Before joining the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan in 2013, she served as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University under the supervision of Dr. Laurie Santos.

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Dogs!

I learned so much about dogs that I never knew, and why they function the way they do. It also has multiple funny examples and relatable scenarios. The narrator's voice also made it more enticing to listen to "think" a bit more like our canine friends. I didn't expect to listen to the whole thing in one day, but here I am! Any dog lover that enjoys learning should have fun with this one.

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I love dogs, but hated this book

One painfully long analogy after another.

Five minutes comparing apples and oranges. Then another five minutes comparing the varieties of oranges. What does it have to do with dogs? Very little.

Gave up listening after about an hour and a half.

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very basic

this book is not worthy of the great courses series, but should be part of a more basic category of books. good for anyone who has never wondered about dog evolution, or thinks that there is only one kind of intelligence.

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I couldn’t stop listening!

I really enjoyed this; I wasn’t expecting to listen to it all the way through. Thank you so much, Ellen! Brilliant research and wonderfully delivered.

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Very informative

I just got my first dog and I found this lecture series very informative in understanding my dog's psychology.

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Decoding Dogs: A treat and a challenge.

This was my first audible book but it won’t be my last. The topic was interesting and full of nuance. The material was presented in an organized way with many examples. I was left wishing I could take one of Dr. Furlong’s classes. I own a cat but just spent 3 months with my grand dog and wish I’d had this book before I had the time with her.

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Learned something

I learned somethings about dogs. Good listen and interesting facts. I would recommend to others.

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Excellent insight on our best friends!

Loved it! Really great hearing how complex, insightful, connected & intelligent dogs are in their own unique ways. Thanks, Ellen!

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Ellen and this a-book is amazing!

Having grown up with pets, and having a couple of extra but not supercilious shadows until only recently when we ended up having to put our little elder lady down much like Ellen’s example in the audiobook, I’ve always wanted to know more about my best buddies. Ellen is knowledgeable and makes this a fun listen. Her passion, knowledge, enthusiasm on the subject and humor comes out extremely well. I have recommended this to my family, including my sister, who is a practicing small animal Veterinarian. I’m curious to see what she thinks of it and I will edit my comments then. But in the meantime, feast your ears learning about our best friends! Enjoy! Woof woof!

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Dogs and Wolves

Not exactly what I was expecting. For a PhD researching dogs it was a bit too much about her own pets.

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  • 09-23-21

Not so bad after all

Waste of precious time on endless examples and comparisons of things that are obvious (how oranges are different from apples, and what different dog breeds look like) at the beginning but also good portion of knowledge based on different studies with examples of the experiments

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  • 08-04-22

Interesting, but for kids/young adults.

I liked this series of lectures and the professor who gives them. However, I do think it is aimed at kids/younger adults and/or people with absolutely no knowledge of science/research methods in the social sciences. Furlong is enthoustiastic and probably a very good researcher. But, she weirdly overexplains even the simplest concepts. For instance, she uses a full minute to explain why apples and oranges are different. Apples are tart and crisp, and oranges are sweet and juicy. Well, thanks for that info, I guess. Things that should be common knowledge (like what a Pavlov reaction is) also get too much airplay. I did like it when she described some more recent experiments and their outcomes.

All in all, this would be fun to listen to with an older kid who is getting a new puppy, I did this course at the 2.5 setting and Furlong's voice was still easy to digest at that speed. So I consider my less than 2 hours of listening worth it. If I had listened to it for the full 5.43 hrs, I would have considered it time wasted in return for the (small) amount of new information I received.

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  • Jo Bull
  • 07-12-22

Great to understand our furry best friends

This is an interesting book covering the evolution of dogs, theories about how they became domesticated, studies on how smart dogs really are, the differences between types of dogs, what dogs really think about us, and how dogs communicate with us. It uses scientific information and studies but tells in in an interesting and fun way helping us to better understand our best friends.

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  • 06-02-22

Too Simplistic

Tedious to listen to, as took so long to get to a point.
Very little about dogs, as so many examples, and experiments were with humans, children, babies etc.
I learned 2 things, but can only remember one! Hence giving 2 stars, instead of one.
Would recommend for someone who has little dog knowledge, and has never thought about anything.
It teaches nothing, except what might affect the canine mind?? Then doesn’t?
Hours wasted, could not make it through the last chapter …. I was DONE!

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  • Jamie
  • 05-25-22

Great information

Great information for anyone wanting to learn more about dogs. Well narrated and easy to listen to

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  • Kuro
  • 03-29-22

Amazing

This helps understand many things about dogs and their relationship with us. Recommended for dog lovers

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  • Chris
  • 03-24-22

A new way of thinking .

This will totally change the way you think about your four legged friends .

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  • Steve Baguley
  • 10-24-21

Engaging and informative

Great delivery of content pitched at the right level for an informed but non-expert listener.