Inside of a Dog

What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Narrated by: Karen White
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From an animal behaviorist and dog enthusiast comes an adorable and informative guide to understanding how our canine friends see the world based on the number-one New York Times best-selling phenomenon Inside of a Dog - now adapted for a younger audience!

Have you ever wondered what your dogs are thinking? What they're feeling? Now you can finally know! The answers will surprise and delight you as scientist and dog owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how our four-legged friends perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.

An Audible for Dogs Pick: Make your dog's day. Cesar Millan shares how audiobooks can make dogs happier and calmer. Learn more.
©2009 Alexandra Horowitz (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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A great insight to a dog 's life

A must read for every dog owner . you will never look at your dog the same way again

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  • 04-13-16

Thought provoking, beautiful language

Love the scientific angle author uses to support the points she makes but also the evocative and loving description of her own dog. Really enjoyed this audiobook. Definitely changes the way one will look at a dog going forward!

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Pleasant but uninformative

Nothing surprising or insightful but a pleasant read. I was expecting more but this is pretty standard.

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not very informative

This book didn't have much to offer. I expected to learn more about dog psychology but little in it was really all that new. the book read more like a memorial to the author's dog than anything of major importance. also the narrator sounded like siri, which made the experience worse.

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great info

I loved the book. although a little overwhelming with the science sometimes, there was tons of great info and I look at my dog differently Anna written more understanding now.

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very clinical with robotic narration

I struggled thru this book and I loooooove all dog books.
Not this one!!!

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Never used five words when two hundred would do

I'm sure there's good information buried here. I might actually like the print version where I could skip the author's rambling, personal side notes and disclaimers. I felt like I was listening to a warning label on medication. To be honest, I never made it past chapter two. By then I had learned that the author had lost a dog because it had gotten out in traffic. Yep that was it and I don't mean I had learned nothing new. That one line sums up the first two chapters. With a good editor, it might become a very good ninty minute book, I'll never know.

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Great book, but read too institutionally.

This is a fascinating book that gives insight into tue mind of a dog, but the narrator sounds like an instituinal video from 1980s high school.

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everyone who works with dogs should read this!

I have a service dog who is with me 24/7 she loves other dogs but doesn't like attention from strangers and so she ducks aeay behind me when a person comes up expecting to pet her. Often I get a response along the lines of "why is she so standoffish, doesn't like people." some people get offended. And I just tell them simply that she likes her personal space when it comes to other humans. she always has. I rescued her when she was three weeks old. bottle fed her. she's never been with anyone else and she's always been well cared for. dogs have autonomy just like we do. Horowitz explains this so very well in her book. I'm glad there are people who realize just how special dogs are for just being themselves. And how each one is unique. their biggest asset is not only in their ability to understand us, but in their relationship with us and how truly lucky we are to have such a genuine companion in dogs.

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Good story but monotone reader

The story was well written and the information provided was very interesting. However, the reader was a little too monotone and mellow in the reading making it difficult to stay focused on the book at times.

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  • 01-03-18

A fascinating and balanced portrayal of the dog

Very enjoyable. Great science based listen for anyone even remotely interested in dogs. The science is portrayed in a highly accessible way, the writing is interesting, and all is enhanced by the narrator's performance. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the author doesn't just present and focus on the dry scientific facts, but also allows for the emotional consideration of the human-dog bond. I think it's a very good, balanced book.

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  • A Genealogist
  • 04-05-17

A must for dog owners

What did you like most about Inside of a Dog?

This is an extremely interesting audio book. Really well narrated. It was surprisingly engaging and informative and promised to get me looking at my dogs differently. It succeeded in this. The book is intentionally quite amusing in places.

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Any dog owner would benefit from this. It will help you get some understanding of why your dog behaves the way it does and give you some idea about how to influence it. It is not a training guide though

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  • Mary Wesvin-tod
  • 09-22-16

Insightful read

I'm yet to find a book that so perfectly mirrors how I feel about our canine companions.

I would recommend this read for anybody, in fact I would insist!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-20

great book, bad narrator.

I have tead the book before. So I decided to get a copy on tape too. I don't think I'll be able to listen to much of it, the narrator is terrible. Sounds like an electronic voice on the old school text to speech functions on Mac computers. Not enjoyable to listen too at all.

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  • 05-25-19

Too much comparisons between dogs and wolves

Some good parts but the fact that dogs are not wolves made a lot of this book unbearable to listen to and made it difficult to distinguish whether or not the rest of the information in the book was based on fallacies too.

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  • Katie Batty
  • 07-15-20

Thought provoking

An interesting book highlighting the importance of viewing dogs and indeed all non-human animals as individuals.

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  • Alicia074
  • 05-21-20

Mandatory Reading

What a wonderful insight into what it’s like
to be a dog! This book should be mandatory reading for all people regardless of whether they are guardians of a dog or not and especially for all “dog trainers”. I am sure my dog and I will listen to this audiobook many times over. Great thanks to Alexandra Horowitz, Pumpernickel and Finnegan.