Inside of a Dog

Inside of a Dog Summary

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 human.

Horowitz introduces the reader to dogs’ perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a picture of what it might be like to bea 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 Dogexplains these things and much more. The answers can be surprising—once we set aside our natural inclination to anthropomorphize dogs. Inside of a Dogalso contains up-to-the-minute research—on dogs’ detection of disease, the secrets of their tails, and their skill at reading our attention—that Horowitz puts into useful context. Although not a formal training guide, Inside of a Doghas practical application for dog lovers interested in understanding why their dogs do what they do. With a light touch and the weight of science behind her, Alexandra Horowitz examines the animal we think we know best but may actually understand the least. This book is as close as you can get to knowing about dogs without being a dog yourself.

Book Reviews


Inside of a dog5 star

I love this book it’s so interesting it gives you a perspective of what a dog is thinking and what it is like55


My Dog Loves This Book!5 star

Bought this for my dog's 3rd (or 21st to him) birthday and he loved it. To him, it read like a psychological book, showing him the depths of his tiny dog mind. He loaned it out to all his canine friends, and even one cat! He'd bark praise about this book all day, and honestly he'd read anything by this author. 2 paws up for him!! 🐾55


Inside a dog5 star

Loved it. It has helped me understand my dogs. Thank you.55


Understanding your best friend5 star

I have read many good books about dogs; their breeds, how to care for them and train them, what ails them, and numerous touching as well as humorous stories of human experiences with dogs. However, this is the first book I read (and thoroughly enjoyed) that helped me understand what it's like to be a dog that has a relationship with a human. It's enormously informative and lots of fun to read. Great book! p.s. My dog is also glad I read this book.55


5 Stars!5 star

This book renewed my relationship with my 13.5 year young Golden Retriever... I see her behavior and interact with her in a whole new way. She loves it! It's like she knows I finally "get" her umwelt! Great read and great to apply.55

Stash Gernski

Excellent Read5 star

Great info. Well written. Very thoughtful55


Not so much1 star

I'm sorry to say that even the sample could not keep me enticed to read further. It's long winded and boring. A little humor and lightheartedness could have helped but instead its like reading a book written by Charles Winchester himself and still not amused by those around him yet so beneath him.15


Engaging look into the minds of our dog!5 star

This books answered so many of the "why?s" about my dogs. I highly recommend this book to any dog owner or prospective owner especially those intending to do specialized training.55


A must for dog owners3 star

Very well written and tremendously informative.35


Inside of a dog4 star


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