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

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know [Kindle Edition]

Alexandra Horowitz
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'This delightful addition to the genre really stands out from the pack . . . You don't have to be a dog person to enjoy this absorbing book'
--BBC Wildlife

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As an unabashed dog lover, Alexandra Horowitz is naturally curious about what her dog thinks and what she knows. As a cognitive scientist she is intent on understanding the minds of animals who cannot say what they know or feel.
This is a fresh look at the world of dogs -- from the dog's point of view. The book introduces the reader to the science of the dog -- their perceptual and cognitive Abilities -- and uses that introduction to draw a picture of what it might be like to be a dog. It answers questions no other dog book can -- such as: What is a dog's sense of time? Does she miss me? Want friends? Know when she's been bad? Horowitz's journey, and the insights she uncovered from studying her own dog, Pumpernickel, allowed her to understand her dog better, and appreciate her more through that understanding. The reader will be able to do the same with their own dog.
This is not another dog training book. Instead, Inside of a Dog will allow dog owners to look at their pets' behaviour in a different, and revealing light, enabling them to understand their dogs and enjoy their relationship even more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 579 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (18 Feb 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ATPPZ8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,425 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Ktexp
Reading this book made my look at my dog's behaviour in a different light. With so much tv focused on dog behaviour, most of which I found to be questionable, I was looking for soemthing that would explain how or why my dog does what she does for good or bad. This book has it! From debunking the myth that we are the dog's pack to why some dogs are good at agility to why novelty is so important to dogs and why dogs are a second (or two) ahead of us. I would highly recommend this book to any dog owner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed it 27 Jun 2011
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After reading many dog training books, many of which had some slighty questionable ideas, in an effort to help my rescue dog overcome his problems I really enjoyed this book. It is NOT a training manual, it is more a guide to what we know and can sensibly guess about dogs - and I think if you undertand your dog you are going to do a much better job of training and working with him than you will from blindly following a training manual. It certainly made me think more about what life may be like from my dog's point of view and is filled with anecdotes to keep it interesting. I've just finished reading it and it's going back on the shelf for a couple of months before I come back for round 2 - I cannot have taken it all in on the first go and it certainly deserves another read!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars for dog lovers 23 Feb 2011
I was really looking forward to reading this book, and have been slightly disappointed. There are, indeed, some really interesting facts, some funny and some touching anecdotes. However, I feel that you rather have to trawl through quite a lot of verbosity to reach them and I also find it infuriating that quite a few of the interesting anecdotes are given as footnotes! You cannot rely on just reading the footnotes, though, as you will miss some entertaining facts. This book could have done with a more radical edit to make it an excellent book on understanding dogs. I would have liked to have seen a photo of Pump.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet 6 Aug 2010
I have two dogs, both Border Collies.The second of them was a stray I took in about two years ago which had been abandoned near to where I live. Apart from being half-starved, he came with more emotional baggage than I ever thought possible - frightened of people, other dogs, cars,the vacuum cleaner and even of having his photograph taken to name but a few and when he's frightened, he bites - or did, he's now much more confident. Because of him, I have read literally dozens of books about the inner workings of dogs. This particular book was recommended to me by the Canine Behavourist who advises me and is by far the best I have read. The amount of information is considerable, much of which I have not read elsewhere and yet it is not difficult reading. I would recommend it to anybody who has a dog whether it has problems like mine or not.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside of a Dog - Expectations not fulfilled 21 Mar 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and could not put it down - rather, I think, hoping to find something REALLY new. Having looked at the author's 'pedigree' I imagined she might have discovered entirely new angles on what dog's know, understand, and their consequent behaviour but sadly this did not happen. It was illuminating but did not go far enough - I wanted, and expected after all that learning that she would offer something spectacular and eye-opening. Disappointed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dog Tagged 6 July 2010
By Maguire
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A fascinating book that leans a wee bit towards the academic but provides insights into dog psychology and the world as they see it. Alexandra sets a test for her degree students who, much to their chagrin, are out-witted by pigeons. Thus demonstrating that people constantly fall back on overly complicated experience to solve or understand problems rather than looking afresh and discovering new ways of understanding what we see. Then... she goes on through the book doing exactly what her students have done.. relying on the restrictive limitations of her trade (science) to study and explain dog behaviour, cognition and psychology. Some mistakes were made in the experiments she devised with consequent misunderstood outcomes. However on the whole it is a brilliant attempt to solve one of the poorest kept secrets in the animal kingdom.. animals know far more than we do and that dogs, who are so tolerant of our ignorance, deserve far more credit than they are generally given.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight into the Inside of a Dog 13 Jun 2010
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I read a review in the Oldie about this book and thought that it might join the other Dog Psychology books on the shelf, all bought in a vain attempt to understand and maybe even tame a very individual Lakeland Terrier.

The book is far more readable than the Terrier herself and more readable than most of the other dog behaviour books we have. The writing assumes a degree of will to understand the way a dog's mind works and is serious enough to be taken seriously but readable enough for most people of moderate intelligence. Has it worked for the dog? Not yet but we hopeful and we Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Knowdo understand why she is as she is and it helps us chuckle more and sigh less.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hound Dog 24 Aug 2010
By Jayne24
This is quite possibly the best book iv'e read on understanding a dog.It's a must for all wannabee pet owners and paid up members of the dog fraternity alike.You will find yourself reading and looking down to check out of the corner of your eye if your dog is having a good laugh at you, or if he's got the hump!On a more serious note, I find that from learning what certain signs mean, my dog as become a lot calmer and an absolute pleasure to be with, on walks or in the home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by Tino Snedevig Jensen
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Published 1 month ago by DEE
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!!!
Fascinating reading for all animal lovers.This gives a unique insight in to the dogs we love and share our lives with.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Hearn
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent insight into dogs
This book provides an intelligent and fascinating insight into the behaviour of dogs and how to better understand my own dog and his view of the human world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms. Rachel H. Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars useful insights
intriguing read with useful insights and a useful reminder to all dog owners to try and think 'dog' and not impose our own reactions on to our dogs - as we will be inevitably wrong... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Penny Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome for dog lovers
great book that helps bridge the gap between you and your canine's brain. Would definitely recommend this to all dog owners
Published 5 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely lovely book
if you or anyone you know loves dogs then get this book. its a lovely insight into how their little minds work and what makes them happy.
Published 5 months ago by kats
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting book
This is an interesting book but sometimes rather too many boring facts so makes it hard going , probably best as a reference book.
Published 6 months ago by Jelly bean
4.0 out of 5 stars Dogs are more different than we thought
If a human can taste a spoon of sugar in a cup of tea, a dog could detect the same amount of sugar in the equivalent of two swimming pools put together. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Neasa MacErlean
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational - educational and enlightening
This is a great read - Alexandra is a scientist and a dog lover and manages to educate us about how our dogs sense the world around us in such an empathetic way that you can't fail... Read more
Published 16 months ago by MrsB1
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