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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,359 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandra Horowitz Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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