Inside of a Dog (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/9/28
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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 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 explains these things and much more. The answers can be surprising—once we set aside our natural inclination to anthropomorphize dogs. Inside of a Dog also 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 Dog has 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.
"Discover why your dog is so sensitive to your emotions, gaze, and body language. Dogs live in a world of ever-changing intricate detail of smell. Read this captivating book and enter the sensory world of your dog." -- Temple Grandin, author of "Animals in Translation" and "Animals Make Us Human"
""Inside of a Dog" is a most welcome authoritative, personal, and witty book about what it is like to be a dog. This engaging volume serves as a corrective to the many myths that circulate about just who our canine companions are. I hope this book enjoys the wide readership it deserves." -- Marc Bekoff, author of "The Emotional Lives of Animals and Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals" (with Jessica Pierce)
Also what I like about this book is that there are small sections within a chapter you can read easily in a short period of time. You don't have to read the entire chapter and try to remember where you left off in the train of thought.
A book that I definitely won't donate, rather I will re-read it or share it with my other dog owner friends.
The author's writing style is boring, pompous and pedantic. What is worse, she is unreliable. I frequently found myself thinking: wait, is that right? One example is mentioned by the reviewer piperjra, whose review I recommend. The author inaccurately begins a sentence: "Members of the family arachnid, a class that includes spiders and insects..." Even as a non-scientist, I questioned this (see piperjra's review for the detailed correction). In another example, the author describes a study showing that chickens, as herd animals, will flock together, and she smugly implies that animal welfare advocates are just being silly and uninformed in their objection to the factory-farming of chickens. In fact, it is the author who is obviously ignorant of the conditions under which chickens are raised in factory farms.
Early in the book (I did not get very far), the author puts into question her concern for the welfare of her own dog. She writes about her dog greeting her as she returns home. At this point, she should have acknowledged the common view that if you are going to leave your dog at home all day alone, you should have more than one dog. She should have explained why she considered her treatment of her dog acceptable. But she just moved on to discuss another topic. If she ever did address this issue, I missed it, because I gave up in disappointment.