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Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and On Looking: A Walker's Guide to the Art of Observation. She teaches at Barnard College, where she runs the Dog Cognition Lab. She lives with her family, including two large, show more highly sniffy dogs, in New York City. show less
Image credit: Alexandra Horowitz speaks on a panel about animal emotions and human-animal relations with Frans de Wall and moderator Betsy Herrelko at the National Book Festival, August 31, 2019. Photo by Kimberly T. Powell/Library of Congress.By Library of Congress Life - 20190831KP0199.jpg, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82899211

Works by Alexandra Horowitz

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A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contributor — 240 copies

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Birthdate
1956-04-05
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
Education
University of Pennsylvania
University of California, San Diego
Occupations
professor
lexicographer
Organizations
Columbia University (Barnard College)
Agent
Kris Dahl
Caroline Eisenmann
Short biography
Alexandra Horowitz teaches psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University where she is a term assistant professor and continues to research dog behavior. She earned her B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in cognitive science at the University of California at San Diego, and has studied the cognition of humans, rhinosceroses, bonobos, and dogs.  Before her scientific career, Horowitz worked as a lexicographer at Merrian-Webster and served on the staff of The New Yorker. She lives in New York City with her husband, infant son, and Finnegan, a dog of indeterminate parentage and determinate character, and fond memories of dogs past.   She also likes to sketch her dogs.  [adapted from Inside of of Dog (2009)]

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I was disappointed. There is much scientific talk, but in the end, I don't feel I learned much that I didn't already know -- never mind all those technical/scientific/biological details that I wasn't that interested in. If you pay any attention to your dog, you'll see that he wants to sniff things. And if, when you take him for walks, you are doing it for him, you'll give him time to do just that.

The way dogs see or smell, how they relate to other dogs and to you, some of that was interesting. But overall, I thought there was too much stuff in there, and much of that stuff was not well written, so that you tripped over contradictions or parts that didn't make sense.

The best part might have been the epigraph, a quote from Groucho that we all know...
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.

If I were to start all over again, I'd skip more and glean from the remainder.
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dvoratreis | 57 other reviews | May 22, 2024 |
Not the book I thought. The book I wanted was a field guide to becoming a better observer whilst walking, a summary of techniques to be more attentive and get more out of walks.

Instead of getting the book I actually wanted, I got a book comprised of essays detailing Horowitz’s walks with various experts. Two of said experts were her son, and her dog. It was an interesting read, but not what I hoped for, not what I wanted and ultimately not as helpful or intriguing as I’d expected.

I vastly prefer her Inside Of A Dog to On Looking both as an educational book, and as a reading experience.
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73pctGeek | 33 other reviews | Mar 5, 2024 |
What a fascinating book. It delves into dogs and their noses and into the sense of smell for people and other animals. I believe that you will never look at a dog sniffing something the same after reading this book. There are facts in here about noses. They have so many more receptors than we do so they can smell so much more than we do but it also goes into the science of how we smell. The author actually starts working on testing her nose against her dogs and even improves her sense of smell. Just like anything, use it or lose it. I highly recommend this book for anyone that loves dogs and/or science.… (more)
 
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KyleneJones | 8 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
“I smell gin on the man who sits next to me in 10C.
I smell the acrid, lingering piles of freshly turned, festering wood chips on the other side of the park.
I see two people with a dog; then a second later smell that dog’s poo, which must’ve recently been deposited in a trash bin.
I smell the art room at kindergarten before seeing it.
I smell every book I open.
I smell the clove antiseptic paste that screams dental office.”

And so these Is go for 66,6% of the book. I thought this one will be about dogs though. The only excerpt of notice on dogs is about a new idea on how they measure the time of their owner's arrival. Still not enough for a book review I wanted to write for a magazine. After all who'd want to read about a person trying to live her dog's olfactory life?… (more)
 
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Den85 | 8 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |

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