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Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
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Jun 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: animal-care
Read in June, 2012

If you like thinking about your dog in terms of science, Horowitz's book is a good one to read. The auuthor based her writing on research and scientific descriptions of anatomy rather than relying on anecdote and anthropomorphisms. There were times when the subject matter was a little dense, but that's okay, given the way this book was constructed.

All told, I'm glad I read this. I definitely understand a lot of my dogs' perceptions now, and can think about their differing behaviors in terms of their differing anatomies (vision, gait, even head shape).

Favorite part: The author's use of describing her interactions with her own dog, often assuming the wrong things, followed by scientific info on the same behaviors. I also liked the sketches she put in the book.

Minor complaint: Some of the sentences were a bit awkward, which at times distracted from the author's message.

Four stars and a paw shake.

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