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Inside of a dog

¤  Alexandra Horowitz:   ‘Inside of a dog’  ⇓

Inside-of-a-Dog

In Inside of a Dog (What Dogs See, Smell and Know), Alexandra Horowitz evokes the dog’s perspective by interweaving the science of dog cognition and perception with personal reflections on her own dog’s behavior. Ranging from what it might be like to be able to smell sadness in humans or the passage of time; how the smallest Chihuahua can play with the most formidable Great Dane; the experience of hearing the hum of fluorescent lights; to why some dogs relentlessly pursue bicycle or ball, Inside of a Dog gives us insights into how dogs view the world. This book gives anyone who lives with, deals with, or admires dogs a new understanding of their sensory abilities, a nuanced interpretation of their behavior, and an appreciation of their minds.

With a light touch and the weight of science behind her, Horowitz examines the animal we think we know best but may actually understand the least.

⇓  Alexandra Horowitz explains what the book is about ⇐

[The Importance of Mornings…]  «GET A MUTT»

If you don’t have a dog, or are getting another dog, I have just the breed for you: the breedless dog, the mutt. The myth that a shelter dog, especially a mixed-breed dog, will be less good or less reliable than a purebred dog is not just wrong, it is entirely backward: mixed breeds are healthier, less anxious, and live longer than purebreds. When you buy a bred dog, you are simply not buying a fixed object, guaranteed to act in certain ways – regardless of what the breeder tells you. What you might get is a dog with an overriding fixation, born of breeding for a task that he will likely never do while living with you (who nonetheless will still be wonderfully doggy). Mutts, on the other hand, with the bred characteristics diluted, wind up having lots of latent abilities and less mania.
∇   Moscow’s Stray Dogs Master Using the Subways  ⇓

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