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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (162 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods Narrator: Fred Sanders Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781101604410
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Brian Hare—dog researcher, evolutionary anthropologist, and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center—and Vanessa Woods offer revolutionary new insights into dog intelligence and the interior lives of our smartest pets.

In the past decade, we have learned more about how dogs think than in the last century. Breakthroughs in cognitive science, pioneered by Brian Hare, have proven dogs have a kind of genius for getting along with people that is unique in the animal kingdom.

Brian Hare’s stunning discovery is that when dogs domesticated themselves as early as 40,000 years ago they became far more like human infants than their wolf ancestors. Domestication gave dogs a whole new kind of social intelligence. This finding will change the way we think about dogs and dog training—indeed, the revolution has already begun.

Hare’s seminal research has led him to work with every kind of dog, from the tiniest shelter puppy to the exotic New Guinea singing dog, from his own childhood dog, Oreo, to the most fashionable schnoodle. The Genius of Dogs is nothing less than the definitive dog book of our time by the researcher who started a revolution.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Many authors have tried to anecdotally capture the emotional bond between humans and dogs. Here at last is a book that digs deep into cognitive science to unravel the mysteries of the canine brain. Thoroughly researched and written in the likable voice of a brainy scientist sitting at your kitchen table, The Genius of Dogs is a fascinating look at what goes on between the ears of the animals we share our lives with. I found it entertaining, fast-moving, and filled with gee-whiz insights that gave me a new appreciation for the complex social intelligence of man’s best friend.”

    John Grogan, New York Times bestselling author of Marley & Me

  • Many authors have tried to anecdotally capture the emotional bond between humans and dogs. Here at last is a book that digs deep into cognitive science to unravel the mysteries of the canine brain. Thoroughly researched and written in the likable voice of a brainy scientist sitting at your kitchen table, The Genius of Dogs is a fascinating look at what goes on between the ears of the animals we share our lives with. I found it entertaining, fast-moving, and filled with gee-whiz insights that gave me a new appreciation for the complex social intelligence of man’s best friend. John Grogan, author of Marley & Me and The Longest Trip Home
  • The Genius of Dogs is a fantastic book. It makes it very clear that there are different kinds of intelligence. All dog lovers should read this book. Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation
  • The definitive dog book of our time by the researcher who started a revolution. Daniel J. Levitin, author of This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs
  • A masterful account of the way science is revealing just how smart dogs can be. Fascinating and highly readable. John Bradshaw, University of Bristol, author of Dog Sense
  • With the help of some wolves, Russian foxes, New Guinea singing dogs and a Labrador Retriever named Oreo, Brian Hare tells us about his fascinating search for an understanding of how dogs think and communicate. Stanley Coren, author of Do Dogs Dream and Born to Bark
  • Based on Brian Hare’s game-changing research, The Genius of Dogs brilliantly explains the canine mind and in doing so illuminates the natural history of all intelligence. This book will captivate anyone interested in dog, ape or human mentality. Richard Wrangham, Harvard University, author of Catching Fire
  • This is the best book in existence, by far, for learning about the recent revolution in our understanding of the minds of dogs. And its fun, too. Mike Tomasello, Co-Director, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • The Genius of Dogs is not just about dogs, and not just about genius. It’s an exciting detective story by two comparative biologists with amazing discoveries to report. Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven
  • A fascinating, riveting, utterly engaging romp through the mind of man's best friend. I promise: You will never look at your dog the same way again. Maria Goodavage, author of Soldier Dogs
  • Hare's thoroughly researched, enjoyable work will find an appreciative audience. This is essential reading for dog lovers and those who enjoy psychology and social sciences relating to animal behavior, communication, and training. Library Journal
  • The Genius of Dogs is a fantastic book. It makes it very clear that there are different kinds of intelligence. All dog lovers should read this book.”

    Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of Animals Make Us Human

  • “A fascinating, riveting, utterly engaging romp through the mind of man’s best friend. I promise: You will never look at your dog the same way again.”

    Maria Goodavage, New York Times bestselling author of Soldier Dogs

  • “The definitive dog book of our time by the researcher who started a revolution.”

    Daniel J. Levitin, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Your Brain on Music

  • “A masterful account of the way science is revealing just how smart dogs can be. Fascinating and highly readable.”

    John Bradshaw, New York Times bestselling author of Dog Sense

  • “Based on Brian Hare’s game-changing research, The Genius of Dogs brilliantly explains the canine mind and in doing so illuminates the natural history of all intelligence. This book will captivate anyone interested in dog, ape, or human mentality.”

    Richard Wrangham, Harvard University, author of Catching Fire

  • “A lovely book…Personal stories and facts from numerous research projects published in prestigious peer-reviewed professional journals make the book a delight to read.”

    Psychology Today

  • “A scientific study that doubles as a warmhearted tribute to man’s best friend.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A well-presented investigation into how dogs came to be.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This is the best book in existence, by far, for learning about the recent revolution in our understanding of the minds of dogs. And it’s fun, too.”

    Mike Tomasello, codirector, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

  • The Genius of Dogs is not just about dogs and not just about genius. It’s an exciting detective story by two comparative biologists with amazing discoveries to report.”

    Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven

  • “With the help of some wolves, Russian foxes, New Guinea singing dogs, and a Labrador Retriever named Oreo, Brian Hare tells us about his fascinating search for an understanding of how dogs think and communicate.”

    Stanley Coren, author of Do Dogs Dream

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Grimes | 2/12/2014

    " great look into why dogs react the way that they do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 2/6/2014

    " Highly readable and enjoyable presentation of some amazing recent research into animal cognition, with a focus on dogs, told by some one who is obviously a dog lover. The discussion of behavioral vs. cognitive approaches to learning is wonderful. This book has added more to my understanding of dogs than anything else I've read or any training methodology I've observed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 2/5/2014

    " This is a very good book from authors who know a ton about dogs. However, it was too academic for me and I couldn't finish it. I was fine with the long history lesson, but then I wanted the authors to tell me how dogs think and how to interact better with my new puppy. I ran out of patience when they continued to discuss so much research. If you love text books, this is for you. If you were hoping for fun stories about how smart dogs are, skip this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Schindler | 2/1/2014

    " fascinating. Good theory as to how dogs were domesticated and lots of other new found evidence on just how wonderful dogs really are. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/28/2014

    " This isn't, of course, a book you can't put down but it is a mind-changing look at the way dogs think and what they can be taught. I was actually looking for tips on the latest methods of dog training and what I found was a fascinating psychology lesson on the way scientists now think, dogs think. The author does use the unfortunate term- dognition, which I found annoying, but the information on dogs and other animals was (please forgive the term) mind-blowing. I don't think I will ever look into the eyes of a dog the same way again. I never dreamed that they were so intuitive. So, for all those dog owners who think your dog understands what you are saying, this book will explain to you that they do and how they do it. It is written in a very-readable style, full of anecdotes to help the reader understand the concepts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 1/6/2014

    " The Genius of Dogs is fascinating, fun, and filled with remarkable history and research from around the world in the growing field of "dognition." Understanding a dog's cognitive learning styles can help us understand their behavior, train them more kindly and effectively and give them better lives. As a professional dog trainer, I have been waiting for this book for over 10 years. It bridges the gap between Pavlov, Skinner, and the most recent revolutionary discoveries in canine cognition. A must read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev | 1/3/2014

    " Awesome book, very interesting a lot of history and references to the studies done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 1/1/2014

    " Some interesting and occasionally surprising information. Not a large amount of detail, but rather a fairly broad look at what is currently known, suspected, and being investigated about how dogs think and why they and humans evolved from mortal enemies to best friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 12/17/2013

    " This is a book filled with charts and graphs. Don't let that fool you, this book is actually really interesting. It starts of slow, but then it gets intresting as the author gives personal examples and gets more into detail about his research. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Turner | 10/24/2013

    " This has some information about the evolution of dogs that I had read elsewhere, plus descriptions of the author's research. Three and a half stars, I guess ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Dale | 9/25/2013

    " Awesome! Great insight into both canines, evolution and people alike! I'm not the biggest fan of non-fiction and yet I couldn't put this down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/23/2013

    " Very interesting with lots of insights and information previously unknown to me. This helps a lot to better understand the relationsips with our family's dogs, past and present. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 5/3/2013

    " Very comprehensive book on the dog mind, but I didn't learn anything new that hasn't already been published in other books on canine cognition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 2/10/2013

    " If I was just reviewing the first half of this book, it would get 4 stars. The research that the authors report on how dogs' brains work as a result of domestication is absolutely fascinating. Made the book difficult to put down. Alas, the latter half of the book isn't nearly as gripping. "

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