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Author: Alexandra Horowitz Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781508222675
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Now available on CD from Encore at a great low price! 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 listener 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Dog lovers will find this book largely fascinating.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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. "

About the Author

Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the bestselling Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know. She teaches psychology, animal behavior, and canine cognition at Barnard College, Columbia University. In New York City, she walks with her husband, the writer Ammon Shea, her son, and two large, non-heeling dogs.

About the Narrator

Karen Grey is the pen name for award-winning narrator Karen White. A stage, screen, and radio drama actor in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles in the late twentieth century, she started recording books in 1999. Now back in her home state of North Carolina, she shares a home with her family and (probably) too many pets, where she continues to narrate audiobooks as well as make up stories.