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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (edition 2010)

by Alexandra Horowitz

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Title:Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Authors:Alexandra Horowitz
Info:Scribner (2010), Edition: (7th printing), Paperback, 384 pages
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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz



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Now I want a dog. ( )
  ffortsa | Oct 27, 2015 |
I had big expectations, and they were mostly unfulfilled. The first few chapters contained some new and useful information, but after that the book went downhill. Each following section simply contained remarks about observations of particular aspects of dogs, and the end was just plain preachy. ( )
  heike6 | Sep 22, 2015 |
I like the author's writing. Science plus personal essay. Having read "On Looking" I can see how that project follows this book and is in line with her career of observing animal behavior. Word of the book is umwelt, with a unlaut. Look it up. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
Very interesting, but not an easy reading style. ( )
  fredheid | Jun 30, 2015 |
Notes for the reader: Two things keep this book from being a "5".
1. Unrecognizable, Unpronounceable words on nigh every page. Sometimes, two or three pages have clear, or ignorable, words.
2. Faint font. Very difficult to see. I am not sure if this author had any control of the font in her book. Even with a 100 watt bulb inches away, it looked like spider writing.

What ages would I recommend it too? – Twelve and up.

Length? – A couple of day’s read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Real world, mostly dog parks.

Written approximately? – 2009.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? Readable font. Tone down the abnormal, unrecognizable words. - immutable, quotidian, umwelt (at least they give a definition for this one!), alacrity, and many more!

Short storyline: A complex look at a dog's life.

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  AprilBrown | Feb 25, 2015 |
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“Though they have inherited some aversion to staring too long at eyes, dogs seem to be predisposed to inspect our faces for information, for reassurance, for guidance.” They are staring, soulfully, into our umwelts. It seems only right that we try a little harder to reciprocate, and Horowitz’s book is a good step in that direction. But she can be a bit coy and overly stylish in her attempt not to sound too scientific, and to the particular choir to which she is preaching, much of her material will be familiar.

In that same vein, the tone of the book is sometimes baffling — an almost polemical insistence on the value of dogs, as if they’d long been neglected by world opinion. But then Horowitz will drop in some lovely observation, some unlikely study, some odd detail that causes one’s dog-loving heart to flutter with astonishment and gratitude.
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Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
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Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs view and interact with the world.
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A psychologist offers insight into the canine mind, drawing on current cognitive research to illuminate a dog's perceptual abilities and the experiences that shape dog behavior, with stories about the author and her canine friend.

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