Inside of A Dog

Inside of A Dog

What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

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Baker & Taylor
A psychologist and aficionado offers insight into the canine mind, drawing on current cognitive research to illuminate a dog's perceptual abilities and the experiences that shape dog behavior, in a report that also shares stories about the author's relationship with her canine friend, Pumpernickel.

Simon and Schuster
The 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.

Publisher: New York : Scribner
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781416588276
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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tjdickey
Dec 21, 2016

What a gig - studying dogs all day, at the Barnard College Canine Cognition Center. Horowitz gives a thorough and very - um, human examination of the ways that dogs comprehend the world, and especially, how they interact with us. Dogs even are a tool-using species, she shows, and the tools are us!

This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. JA 320 H 2009

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vickiz
May 06, 2012

In its absorbing and entertaining examination of the unique human-canine bond, Alexandra Horowitz's Inside of a Dog charmingly balances the scholarly and scientific with the personal and whimsical. This is one of my favourite explorations of how dogs and people can so effectively, happily and affectionately co-exist.

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empbee
Aug 20, 2011

A delightful new view of human-dog interaction. Yes, anthropomorphism is not bad. And, I always loved those kisses without giving any food.

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rescuedsouls
Jul 29, 2011

I was profoundly disappointed with this book, I was hoping for a touchy feely, I love my dog, easy summer read but instead I found the author highly impersonal and the book too scientific and technical; might be up someones alley but not mine

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timidmagick
Jan 17, 2011

This was a very good book. It reminds us that dogs are not wolves nor are they human, but they have been domesticated by us. The world is very different from a dogs-eye view.

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