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3.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 5 3.37 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandra Horowitz Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781400182558
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Temple Grandin meets Stephen Pinker in this engaging and informative look at what goes on inside the minds of dogs—from a cognitive scientist with a background at the New Yorker.

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 readers 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 the latest research and providing many moments of dog-behavior recognition, this lively and absorbing book helps 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Discover why your dog is so sensitive to your emotions, gaze, and body language. Dogs live in a world of ever-changing intricate detail of smell. Read this captivating book and enter the sensory world of your dog.”

    Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

  • "Inside of a Dog is a most welcome authoritative, personal, and witty book about what it is like to be a dog. This engaging volume serves as a corrective to the many myths that circulate about just who our canine companions are. I hope this book enjoys the wide readership it deserves.”

    Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/9/2014

    " Not the usual touchy-feely dog book, more the "how" of dogs, senses, behaviours, etc. hard to rate...I liked but some might want more of a dog story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 2/2/2014

    " This is written by a scientist with a large vocabulary, but it's still highly readable by the general public, and especially by those who like dogs. I find it fascinating. I am definitely changing the way I treat my dog in subtle ways after reading this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jinnie | 1/21/2014

    " It was an ok book with some good info, but a bit dry and somewhat pretentious (if I had to read the word "umwelt" one more time I would have screamed). Also, some of her own cognitive science research seemed assumptive. For example, she writes for pages about how dogs' whole world view and actions are based on their incredibly keen sense of smell. She acknowledges that dogs can find bombs, detect cancer, and find people trapped in rubble. However, she says that dogs probably don't have a desire or drive to help people. As example, she cites a study where people pretended to be in danger to see how their dogs would behave. Most dogs failed to respond much at all. But maybe that was because they didn't smell that their humans were in danger, so they didn't really think they had to do anything. There were several leapt-to assumptions like that, and most of the really good information she provided I'd read elsewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Smith | 1/19/2014

    " Very informative, a little clinical. Read it over a few months with more entertaining fiction at the same time. Very insightful, as owner of a therapy dog and non profit therapy dog group, priceless look into the minds of our canines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 1/16/2014

    " The author seems as if she's trying a bit too hard... but otherwise a very interesting read. She's a cognitive psychologist which puts a very scientific spin on the information she presents, which I do like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christense Jiang | 1/5/2014

    " I didn't read all the way to the end of this one, I got about 80% of the way through. It wasn't bad. She is an animal researcher and she summarizes a lot of the current research on dogs. First she goes through all the current research, then she goes through it again according to categories of things a dog knows (smell, sight, experience of time passing, etc). It's not bad, but it's a little heavy. I was also a bit turned off by the author's attitude. It's subtle, but I got the sense that she feels like she's got it all figured out and she's got the perfect relationship with her dog. Throughout the book she gives these little snippets of stories about her dog that relate to whatever that section's topic is. What bothered me about these is she's inconsistent with the tense: sometimes she's talking about her dog in the past tense (what my dog used to to) and sometimes in the present (what my dog always does). It conflicts, and it's confusing. Since I didn't read all the way to the end I don't know which one is the right tense: I don't know if the dog is still alive or has passes away. Anyway, interesting read and very good at giving the idea of how a dog perceived the world, how their senses are different from ours. A bit of a heavy read, and a little repetitive, that's why I didn't read all the way to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Bostian | 1/2/2014

    " This book gives a new and in depth understanding of what it must be like to be a dog. I'd recommend it to all dog lovers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 12/31/2013

    " Overall this book included some fascinating information about dog behavior. It lacked in the emotionally evocative side of things and was very "removed" in tone and style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 12/22/2013

    " "OK" read on how different dogs really are in difference to our "human" view of what they are thinking, feeling, reacting, etc. More technical overview than I anticipated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andre | 12/21/2013

    " A Good Read For Any First Dog Owners. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E | 12/20/2013

    " Educational, and very interesting, fully of good facts...but boring and sluggish through some parts. In all it was good information...but reading the book slowed more toward the end, as I would use the book to fall asleep on nights when I had trouble calming down... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pedro Lima | 12/11/2013

    " If you have a dog a must... made me think completely different about my dog's way of seeing the world "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 9/11/2013

    " Not as informative as I'd hoped. I'd recommend The Other End of the Leash over this one for people looking for information on dog psychology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 4/20/2013

    " What an awesome book. I love learning about animal behavior, especially dogs'. Although a bit wordy and "sciencey" at times, I love the way she writes, popping In personal anecdotes about her own dogs as well as comparing dogs to other animals, including us. A must read for dog lovers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 3/27/2013

    " This was a wonderful heart opener - it allowed a better understanding of my dog as well as recognizing the cues and personalities of other dogs as Jacques and I walked around together. Written in a user friendly way, it is also backed scientifically and didn't anthropomorphize i any way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 2/24/2013

    " Good book with interesting information on how our furry fellows see the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Brandano Cusick | 2/23/2013

    " Very insightful. I like the way she diminishes the "pack" mentality that has been so overdone by TV trainers. And if Temple Grandin thinks it's a great book about animal behavior, then it must be good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/16/2013

    " It was ok. I think this book would actually be more interesting to someone who had never lived with a dog. I've lived with dogs for most of my life, though, so a lot of the info in the book seemed obvious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shana | 9/2/2012

    " The science of canines is fascinating. I'm not sure that I understand my dogs better just yet, but at least I'm much more conscientious about the chemical smells I subject them to. No more pretty smelling dog soap! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ava | 8/1/2012

    " I gave this book a four because even though this book tells a lot about dogs it was a little too much information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 niloy | 5/17/2012

    " Unwelt -- that pretty much sums up the book. Took me a long time to read, but that was me being distracted by other things. Hope I get to better explore the world, through smell (with the unusual time dimension associated with it). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 12/1/2011

    " Fascinating! I will never look at my dog that same again. This book made you think of your dog as a completely different being. It also made you love them even more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katya | 9/21/2011

    " I don't like dogs but it was the only book in English in my hotel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 6/27/2011

    " Horowitz guides us to use the way dogs experience the world to understand them, rather than casting human emotions and motivations onto what they do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/27/2011

    " This book didn't have big 'aha!' revelations, but was enjoyable to read and offered insights into subtle aspects of dog behavior. I appreciated the research offered and especially loved the little pen and ink line drawings that accompany the text. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ching | 6/20/2011

    " i liked the first chapter and the last chapter. i got lost in between. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacqueline115 | 6/20/2011

    " perfect if you want to get a dog, already have a dog or have owned a dog. i'm a feline person so some parts were not of interest to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/17/2011

    " Very interesting. I still have many questions about why my puppy dog does what she does, but i feel like i have a better understanding now. Plus, I really enjoyed the writing style of this author; very witty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 6/5/2011

    " This book has a lot of interesting information about dogs, but it was a little too scientific for a good leisure read book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teeni | 6/2/2011

    " Mweh. Not as compelling as I had hoped it would be. "

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About the Author
Author Alexandra HorowitzAlexandra Horowitz is the author of the bestselling Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation. She teaches psychology, animal behavior, and canine cognition at Barnard College, Columbia University. In New York City, Alexandra walks with her husband, the writer Ammon Shea, her son, and two large, non-heeling dogs.
About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.