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,
|Inside of a Dog
is a fresh look at the world of dogs -- from the dog's point of view.
As a dog owner, Horowitz is naturally curious to learn what her dog
thinks about and knows. And as a scientist, she is intent on
understanding the minds of animals who cannot speak for themselves.
Horowitz introduces the
reader to dogs' perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a
picture of what it might be like to be a dog. What's it like to be able
to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell
sadness in humans or even the passage of time? How does a tiny dog
manage to play successfully with a Great Dane? What is it like to hear
the bodily vibrations of insects or the hum of a fluorescent light? Why
must a person on a bicycle be chased? What's it like to use your mouth
as a hand? In short, what is it like for a dog to experience life from
two feet off the ground, amidst the smells of the sidewalk, gazing at
our ankles or knees?
Inside of a Dog
What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
by Alexandra Horowitz