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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.


Inside of a Dog
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Inside of a dog - what digs see etc.
October 3rd, 2014
A dog has recently moved into my home. I found this book very interesting and very helpful in giving Mr insight into my new companion.
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December 24th, 2013
This book is phenomenal. Anyone with more than a passing interest in the ethology and science of dogs would do well to have this is their library.
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Sheltie Owner
August 8th, 2013
This book is so poorly written I would never buy anything from this author again. (Don't know if she has any more books and don’t want to know.) If you are an "Expert" in the field of dog psychology you might (and I use that word loosely) like this book but if you are an average person like myself you will be questioning why you ever bought it. Not a fun read at all. I would give it 0 stars if it was an option.
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Scientific, fun and emotional
April 6th, 2013
This book is more than a primer on communicating with your dog. It's a reminder that they see the world differently; that anthropomorphizing them is sometimes doing them a disservice. It is a science book, a memoir and a celebration, and probably the only science book that ever made me tear up at the end. I'm going to go hug my dog, now, and see what he has to say.
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