The Genius of Dogs

The Genius of Dogs

How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think

Book - 2013
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This New York Times bestseller offers mesmerizing insights into the interior lives of our smartest pets

In the past decade, we have learned more about how dogs think than in the last century. Breakthroughs in cognitive science, pioneered by Brian Hare, have proven dogs have a kind of genius for getting along with people that is unique in the animal kingdom. This dog genius revolution is transforming how we live and work with our canine friends, including how we train them. Does your dog feel guilt? Is she pretending she can't hear you? Does she want affection--or just your sandwich? In Th­e Genius of Dogs, Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods lay out what discoveries at the Duke Canine Cognition Lab and other research facilities around the world are revealing about how your dog thinks and how we humans can have even deeper relationships with our best four-legged friends.

Publisher: New York : Plume, [2013]
ISBN: 9780142180464
Branch Call Number: 636.7 Hare
Characteristics: xiii, 367 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Woods, Vanessa 1977-


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forbesrachel Apr 25, 2013

A compendium of knowledge on what has been learned about dogs in the last decade, written in a way that is easy for the non-scientific mind to understand. Presented from a researchers point of view, with scientific based tests, much of what has been learned will surprise even the greatest of dog lovers. Not only does the author reflect on dog intelligence, but refers to the genius of other animals, including our own, as well. Included in the back is website address you can look at to explore the realm of dognition with your own dog.

Mar 13, 2013

There is some really interesting stuff here, from a researcher who works with pet dogs, among other species, and who also has some experience with wild and feral dogs. I found myself a little frustrated with his criticism of clicker training without a lot of detail, and especially without an alternative approach that would work better for those behaviours that are easily shaped by clicker training. So, some parts that I would have liked a lot more detail about were a bit sparse and unsatisfying. But it's still an interesting book.


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