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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

by Alexandra Horowitz

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What do dogs know? How do 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.
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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. ( )
  dvoratreis | May 22, 2024 |
Horowitz offers a fascinating, extremely engaging look into dogs and our lives with them. The author's perspective as both a dog owner/lover and as a professor of psychology and animal behavior brings complementary dimensions to this explanation of what exactly dogs are, or rather, what exactly we think we know about dogs. All those who live or have lived with dogs will enjoy this book. ( )
  lschiff | Sep 24, 2023 |
Anyone could have written this, by being very observant and a close partner of the dog which a dog lover IS. And by brushing up on dog neurology. Love to all dogs.. ( )
  c_why | Aug 11, 2022 |
I slowly fell in love with Pumpernickel, which is the authors point, most subtly made, that dogs enter into our lives and that maybe we can return that love just a little more dog-centrism than we do. ( )
  nancymaguire | Jul 10, 2021 |
Animal psychologist Horowitz, who specializes in dog cognition, explains dog behavior for lay readers. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of my dog, the bond we share, and how my dog’s experience of the world differs from mine. I wish I had known about this book when I adopted my dog nearly 8 years ago. I think it would have made the adjustment period easier for both of us. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jun 1, 2021 |
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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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