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  • Hardcover
  • 353 pages
  • Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
  • Alexandra Horowitz
  • English
  • 06 December 2017
  • 1416583408

10 thoughts on “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

  1. says:

    Date I finished this book should be Date I stopped reading this book I kept hoping that it would becomeinteresting, but, on page 180 I finally gave up.I wanted to like this book She sets the groundwork that while we humans spend a lot of time with dogs, we actually know very little about them So she tackled the research to actually learn about dogs it implied that she was doing the research since she earlier said very little research had been done on dogs.First annoyance it seems Date I finished this book should be Date I stopped reading this book I kept hoping that it would becomeinteresting, but, on page 180 I finally gave up.I wanted to like this book She sets the groundwork that while we humans spend a lot of time with dogs, we actually know very little about them So she tackled the research to actually learn about dogs it implied that she was doing the research since she earlier said very little research had been done on dogs.First annoyance it seems that she s referring to lots of other research on dogs So, I guess there has been lots of research on dogs Which is it there has been or there hasn t.Second annoyance blah blah blah, a little interesting info, blah blah I was reading way too much not interesting info to get to the interesting point I could have been interested in the studies I could have been interested in comparison to other studies on animals But I found myself just getting enough information to be either left with wanting , or feeling that the study was insufficient As someone else said, this book could have been written in 60 pages.Third annoyance too many distractingly tangential footnotes one every second or third page Focus on telling a better story and less on mentioning everything you want to say about dogs or research or other amazing animals.Bottom line, it was too disappointing and distracting to finish I have a nephew and two nieces I ve really been wanting to tell a large audience this Thank god this review came along and I could finally tell someone Oh wait, this has nothing to do with this book


  2. says:

    Me Well, here s the book I told you about, Molly, the one that will tell me everything there is to know about you Molly Woof Me Yes, that s a good girl Let s see, this book is written by Dr Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist specializing in animal research She must be one smart lady And she s also a dog person This should be interesting Let s loll on the sofa and read it Molly jumps up and looks expectantly Me The title is a part of a joke Outside of a dog, a book Me Well, here s the book I told you about, Molly, the one that will tell me everything there is to know about you Molly Woof Me Yes, that s a good girl Let s see, this book is written by Dr Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist specializing in animal research She must be one smart lady And she s also a dog person This should be interesting Let s loll on the sofa and read it Molly jumps up and looks expectantly Me The title is a part of a joke Outside of a dog, a book is man s best friend Inside of a dog it s too dark to read Heh heh Isn t that funny Molly jumps into lap and licks mouth Me Aww, stop it I m trying to read here According to page 51, licking around my mouth is a manipulative behavior You are stimulating me so that I d vomit up some partially digested meat for you to eat Gross So please sit nicely and listen Molly curls up with a sigh Me Do you know that you re better than chimps in reading humans They have this experiment in which dogs and chimps had to find hidden food items utilizing clues from humans Some of the humans were made to wear blindfolds or buckets over their head, while others had unimpeded view of where the food was supposed to be hidden Chimps begged from both kinds of humans, while dogs begged from those whose eyes were visible See you re smarter than our primate cousins Molly snorts Me You re right Chimps are way overrated How about this a dog can detect a teaspoon of sugar diluted in a million gallons of water two Olympic sized pools full That s your real life super power, Krypto That s Superman s dog, by the way He flies around with this cute little cape Molly snores Me Nap time, eh Hmmanimal research wolves, bees, deers, ticks Actually, all I want to read about is dogs, dogs and dogs Some of these researches are interesting in their own right and are useful as comparison, but others seem to be barely tangential This writer can be very long winded Molly Arf Me An attention getting bark, which is distinct from the rumble of agrowl, or the ominous snarl page 140 Do you know that your barks can be as loud as 130 decibels That s up there with thunderclaps and plane takeoffs That s another super power Why are you looking at me like that Molly glances at the dining room, tail wagging Me looks at the clock It s time for lunch Your circadian rhythm tells you that Okay, let s eat Molly snatches the book and runs away with it Me Hey stop that I still have to find out why you Fox Terriers are such little rascals


  3. says:

    Alexandra Horowitz racked up major brownie points right from the beginning with this book The title comes from one of my favorite quotes ever, from the mouth of Groucho Marx Also, early on she heads complaints off at the pass by stating that she is using owner rather than pet parent or some other such silly phrasing because that s the legal term, and she will use him and his when referring to dogs in general because that s the English default, and, knowing dogs as she does, it is not Alexandra Horowitz racked up major brownie points right from the beginning with this book The title comes from one of my favorite quotes ever, from the mouth of Groucho Marx Also, early on she heads complaints off at the pass by stating that she is using owner rather than pet parent or some other such silly phrasing because that s the legal term, and she will use him and his when referring to dogs in general because that s the English default, and, knowing dogs as she does, it is not an option That latter scored high with me I have Issues with writers who use it for animals particularly those who talk about a mare or stallion and then call the horse it , so this made me happy She is a long time dog person, so all else being equal we are kindred spirits And it is a fascinating look at canine life and behavior I m not sure it made me see my dog in a whole new light as she promised it would, except for a qualm every time I scratch her back that I might be asserting my dominance but she loves every second of it, so if I am dominating her she s ok with it I pretty much knew about the dominance of scent in a dog s life I did not know about the way a dog perceives color they re not colorblind, exactly I knew a little about signs of dominance and submission I didn t know about what face licking might really mean Pop goes the illusion ew I like the insight that the pitch of a voice, canine or human, in many ways equates to size low and menacing indicates not only a warning but the idea and I m big enough to follow through, too Something I sort of knew but found confirmation for wolves howl when they re lonely So, I can attest, do beagles Only so One valuable thing this book does is reiterate the common sense yet somehow easily overlooked point that, just as we don t know why our dogs do some of the things they do, most of what we the people do much less say is utterly incomprehensible to dogs That, very simply, they don t think the way we do It s all very well for us to say don t get up on the couch, no, bad but there s a very simple reason it s so hard to enforce To a dog the couch is not an expensive piece of furniture which needs to be protected from shed fur and stains it s a nice soft elevated surface to curl up on, with a nice back to it to curl up against, and after all that s what the bipeds use it for And how can you honestly expect a dog to ignore that pail of food scraps and wrappers under the sink when it s just sitting there at her level smelling to her so wonderful Again, no, bad doesn t really make sense to a dog, however often and however loudly it s repeated It s food It s there It s unprotected It s hers Dogs don t naturally do many of the things we ask them to do many owners, and even many trainers seem to either forget that they re not mute people but canines, and this is where dressed up dogs doing ridiculous things on command come from Poor things This book made me happy I never successfully trained any of our dogs to heel not that I tried too strenuously I was simultaneously impressed with and bemused by the tales of the research studies that have been conducted on dogs on the one hand, some of the results are fascinating where dogs mental processes may or may not function like toddlers on the other, I found myself marveling that well educated grownups spend their days fooling around with dogs, all in the name of science Some of them wore buckets on their heads ETA OK, that was very long I hacked out the personal bits about my own beasts it s all on my blog, though Overall, this book did an admirable job of both teaching me what an umwelt is and helping me deepen my understanding of a dog s This was a comprehensible, mostly plain language, often very funny and occasionally moving study which both solidified and informed my stance as a fiercely partisan dog person While it s not intended as a training guide, there s some wonderfully common sense information, particularly toward the end, which will be valuable both with Daisy and when hopefully years from now I next need it Did it change the way I see my beagle Not much But I do feel like I have a better handle on what s going on between those long ears I have an even deeper appreciation for that always busy nose And I m kind of glad she s never been much of a face licker


  4. says:

    Incredibly dry AND pretentious I couldn t even finish the book I have a dog and have fostered and volunteered for many shelters and rescues so I am always amazed and intrigued at how each dog I ve met has a different personality This book lacks what its subjects have in overflowing abundance The author might as well have been writing a manual on understanding robots or clinical notes about mice in a cage, as nearly every sentence was cold, flat and gratuitously verbose I m not one who ge Incredibly dry AND pretentious I couldn t even finish the book I have a dog and have fostered and volunteered for many shelters and rescues so I am always amazed and intrigued at how each dog I ve met has a different personality This book lacks what its subjects have in overflowing abundance The author might as well have been writing a manual on understanding robots or clinical notes about mice in a cage, as nearly every sentence was cold, flat and gratuitously verbose I m not one who generally posts on a public forum at all, let alone contribute anything other than positive thoughts if you don t have anything nice to say but I was so bewildered to see this book listed as a NYT bestseller that I was compelled to save those of you needing a little color flavor in your good reads some money that could otherwise be spent on treats for your favorite four legged friend


  5. says:

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man s best friend Inside of a dog, it s too dark to readInside of a Dog is a valuable read for anyone seeking to learnabout our furry companions Horowitz starts with the basics, focusing on a dog sumweltand the ways that it differs from a human s Dogs aren t colorblind, but their perception of color does differ from ours Scent is farimportant in the doggy world than it is to us Most important of all, dogs and humans simply see different afOutside of a dog, a book is a man s best friend Inside of a dog, it s too dark to readInside of a Dog is a valuable read for anyone seeking to learnabout our furry companions Horowitz starts with the basics, focusing on a dog sumweltand the ways that it differs from a human s Dogs aren t colorblind, but their perception of color does differ from ours Scent is farimportant in the doggy world than it is to us Most important of all, dogs and humans simply see different affordances in the objects around them As Horowitz points out, a dog doesn t see the small matching dog bed as the appropriate place for the dog to sleep Your bed is just as comfortable, with the added benefit that it smells like you If you want your dog to sleep in its dog bed, you ll be farsuccessful if you wrap the nasty plastic smelling thing in a well worn blanket.I volunteer in an animal shelter and interact with a lot of emotionally wounded dogs, and I originally picked up this book in my continuing quest to better understand the ways to distinguish submissive behaviours from inviting ones For example, as Horowitz notes, a dog rolling on its belly can be either inviting a tummy rub or showing submission, and it can be surprisingly challenging to determine which, especially if the dog is already showing many other signs of stress such as whale eyes or tucked tail and ears While Horowitz does detail these and other signs, I m not sure I found an answer to this particular question My current solution is to make brief contact, then retract my hand and force the dogs to repeatedly re solicit attention, which they tend to do by crawling towards me and or pawing my hand I m quite sure they find it irritating, but it s kind of cute when they start batting at my hands and mumbling at me I also really enjoyed the part where Horowitz talks about doggy play I am quite familiar with the play bow, the stance that dogs take to invite rough and tumble play In fact, I ve noticed that many humans myself included tend to do our own version of the play bow by slapping our palms on the ground and jerking our necks forward while brandishing a squeaky toy or ball According to Horowitz, this play etiquette is farcomplex than I realized just as a human abbreviates a joke or a greeting with old friends, dogs abbreviate the play bows with dogs they don t know and are farelaborate with those they don t I mostly enjoyed Horowitz s analysis of the procedures, perils, and pitfalls of the various tests, but there was one case where I think she was dead wrong The study sought to ascertain whether dogs as a species have an innate drive to rescue their people The researchers had the owners fake injury or heart attacks, then analysed the dogs reactions The dogs tended to be both nonplussed and unworried by their owners apparent peril, and not a single one tried to seek assistance from the bystanders From this, Horowitz concluded that doggy rescues are reallyof a fluke caused by the dogs tendencies to want to be near their owners Given Horowitz s own statements in earlier chapters, I find this reaction rather ridiculous Horowitz is very clear about dogs heavy dependence on sound and smell No matter how dramatically the owners were shrieking, I m quite sure they didn t smell fearful or injured To me, this seems like a limited and utterly useless test that tells usabout human assumptions than animal behaviour However, in almost every other experiment she described, Horowitz did a nice job the ways in which dog behaviour differs from our human expectations, and the reasons behind these differences In addition to the problematic hero dog test, Horowitz describes a large set of experiments that attempt to define doggy intelligence in areas such as object permanence or complex emotions such as jealousy or deception Some of these were both fascinating and illuminating For example, dogs fail various intelligence tests that try to invoke complex reasoning because they tend to go to the humans and ask for help As Horowitz points out, one could argue that the dogs are performing complex reasoning and tool utilization they know from experience how to use humans to open refrigerators and cans, so why not get their help in these tests as well Overall, Inside of a Dog is a great read for anyone who wants to know a bitabout the world their dog inhabits From understanding play rituals to analysing attention getting behaviours to dealing with doggy separation anxiety, Inside of a Dog is full of fascinating facts about the curious lives of our canine companions


  6. says:

    3.5Longwinded at times but still interesting providing a treasure trove of insights into man s best friend.


  7. says:

    This is a disappointing book, with few insights for a dog owner or someone interested in animal behavior Despite having an extensive collection of footnotes leading back to the scientific literature, the conclusions of the book could have been handled in 60 pages instead of 300 Dogs are not color blind but blues and greens stand out for them Yellow orange red objects are all undifferentiated Short vision is not very good though smell can compensate for it when objects are close to the muz This is a disappointing book, with few insights for a dog owner or someone interested in animal behavior Despite having an extensive collection of footnotes leading back to the scientific literature, the conclusions of the book could have been handled in 60 pages instead of 300 Dogs are not color blind but blues and greens stand out for them Yellow orange red objects are all undifferentiated Short vision is not very good though smell can compensate for it when objects are close to the muzzle Dogs with longer muzzles like retrievers have a different broader field of vision than dogs with a short muzzle, like a pug This makes themattuned to motion Dogs don t have a sense of self awareness, as indicated by chimpanzees or humans when before a mirror Humans or chimps will use the mirror to preen, while dogs largely ignore the reflection Dogs have up to three times the number of rods in their retina, giving them better visibility at night but washing things out in bright light.The author has surprisingly little about the developmental period during the first year of the life of a dog And there are even some missed elements, such as Horowitz questioning why her dog is reluctant to enter a dark elevator after a walk hint it s in the washout of the eye s rods in bright light, something humans also experience when going from light to dark


  8. says:

    This book totally changed how I see and interact with dogs It seems like common sense to me now, but it gave me a whole new appreciation for dogs I was hoping this would belike Radiolab s brand of science, or maybe a Mary Roach type of look at dogs, but it s not quite as much of a page turner maybe because it s actually written by a scientist and not a journalist This is a benefit in a lot of ways though I would still really recommend it if you are all about your dog s like I am and This book totally changed how I see and interact with dogs It seems like common sense to me now, but it gave me a whole new appreciation for dogs I was hoping this would belike Radiolab s brand of science, or maybe a Mary Roach type of look at dogs, but it s not quite as much of a page turner maybe because it s actually written by a scientist and not a journalist This is a benefit in a lot of ways though I would still really recommend it if you are all about your dog s like I am and wishing you understood how they think or see the world We can t ever really know what our dogs are thinking, but this book really helped me understand how my dog is processing the world around differently than humans Really glad I read this


  9. says:

    This is a lovely, unsentimental, fairly thorough, scientifically grounded look at the dog human bond how it evolved, how the canine s sensory equipment shapes his or her world and relationship with us, and how a deeper understanding of that world the inside of a dog yes, from the Groucho Marx quotation should shape ours with them Didn t so much change or illuminate, but anchored what I think I know about my dog and dogs in general in explanations of canine behaviour drawn from the au This is a lovely, unsentimental, fairly thorough, scientifically grounded look at the dog human bond how it evolved, how the canine s sensory equipment shapes his or her world and relationship with us, and how a deeper understanding of that world the inside of a dog yes, from the Groucho Marx quotation should shape ours with them Didn t so much change or illuminate, but anchored what I think I know about my dog and dogs in general in explanations of canine behaviour drawn from the author s own experiences and her background as a comparative psychologist.The dog human bond is something very special to me having owned dogs all my life, and currently being on a full on tear to work towards the overturning of BSL breed specific legislation in Ontario which is the product of and continues to cause such cruelty to dogs and their families It s aboutthan treating other creatures with the respect they deserve it s about how human beings can and should respectfully share the planet with other living things That perspective in microcosm is taught, I believe, through the relationships parents encourage or deny when or if they bring that first puppy into the home Teaching a child to treat a dog with gentleness, kindness and compassion is teaching a child to love Teaching that lesson from the deeply informed perspective that Horowitz provides here can only enrich the both the dog s life and the family s One of the author s points is that dogs most often give us muchthan we give them Another is that the fundamental quality of the relationship between dogs and humans that affection, that love is beyond the reach of science Maybe so, but anyone who has bonded with a dog knows it to be true


  10. says:

    Outside of a dog, a book is man s best friend Inside of a dog it s too dark to read Groucho MarxAlexandra Horowitz has taken up Groucho s challenge and given us a book that at least we can read about the inside of a dog Clearly a dog lover she has written a valentine to man s best friend.What makes dogs uniquely suited to that special status What s going on behind those big brown eyes You will find answers to these and manyquestions such as why the swich to digital TV has made it Outside of a dog, a book is man s best friend Inside of a dog it s too dark to read Groucho MarxAlexandra Horowitz has taken up Groucho s challenge and given us a book that at least we can read about the inside of a dog Clearly a dog lover she has written a valentine to man s best friend.What makes dogs uniquely suited to that special status What s going on behind those big brown eyes You will find answers to these and manyquestions such as why the swich to digital TV has made it possible for you and your dog to enjoy those reruns of Lassie


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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know The bestselling book that asks what dogs know and how 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 humanTemple Grandin meets Stephen Pinker in this engaging and informative look at what goes on inside the minds of dogs from a cognitive scientist with a background at The New YorkerWith thanmillion pet dogs in America today, it s clear we are a nation of unabashed dog lovers Yet the relationship between dogs and humans remains a fascinating mystery, as no one really knows what goes on in the canine mind Now, in Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz fuses her perspectives as both scientist and dog owner to deliver a fresh look at the world of dogs as seen from the animal s point of view Inspired by her years of living with her own dog, Pumpernickel, who was a constant source of delight and mystery, Horowitz s mind became filled with questions and ideas In crisp, clear prose, she draws on her research in the field of dog cognition to give readers a sense of a dog s perceptual and cognitive abilities and paints a picture of what the canine experience is like Horowitz s own scientific journey, and the insights she uncovered, allowed her to understand her dog better and appreciate herContaining up to the minute research and providing many moments of dog behavior recognition, this lively and absorbing book helps dog owners to see their best friend s behavior in a different, and revealing light, allowing them to understand their pets and enjoy their company even


About the Author: Alexandra Horowitz

Alexandra Horowitz is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Barnard College in New York, where she teaches courses on psychology and animal behavior She is the author of the 1 New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog What Dogs See, Smell, and Know Her studies on dogs have explored their guilty look, sense of fairness, play signaling, and olfactory abilities, among other topics She received her M.S and Ph.D in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.A in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.