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How Dogs Think: Understanding the Canine Mind

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  706 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
It's been said that dogs personify all the virtues of humans without the vices. Henry James wrote that his dog was "most reasonable and well-mannered" and Plato that "a dog has the soul of a philosopher." Over the years, dogs have taught us many things: loyalty, courage, and to turn around three times before lying down. Yet even in the face of millennia of evidence of thou ...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Free Press (first published 2004)
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Brien
Nov 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating book! I actually finished reading it a few weeks ago and just haven't gotten around to writing about (sometimes the dissertation does have to take priority).

The book is written by Stanley Coren, Ph.D. Dr. Coren is a psychologist and member of the faculty at the University of British Columbia. He's a renowned and well-known expert on dog psychology and dog-human interactions.

At first, I was a little afraid the book would be something like the drivel that shows up on that Dog
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Weavre
Jan 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Weavre by: browsing OFL's shelves online
Really interesting, but not quite what I expected. Coren offers lots of detailed information about how dogs' senses work for them, exploration about how dogs learn, etc. There's also a bit of philosophical meandering into such questions as, "Do dogs have what can accurately be termed personality?" and, "Can dogs actually appreciate--or even create--art in its various forms?" I was expecting more about how dogs might view specific situations differently from humans ... that's there, to give Coren ...more
Sarah Miller
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my new favorite nonfiction book! A lot of scientific terms are used, but they’re explained really well.
Michelle
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dogs doing calculus.
Jenna
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs
How Dogs Think is full of details about the physiology of dogs’ perceptions. I’ve always known that dogs don’t see, hear, feel, taste and smell the same way we do, but I didn’t have any information on how they do experience the world. After reading this book, I have a much better idea of how dogs experience their environment (and our actions), why they react the way they do and how they communicate back to the world. If you want to learn as much as you can about how your dog interprets and respo ...more
Sera
Mar 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, own
Based heavily on science, this book answers questions like "do dogs dream?" and "can dogs count?" (answers are "yes" and "yes", respectively). Answers to questions such as these are based upon scientific studies. The information that Coren provides is very interesting; however, I wish the book was more comprehensive. One of my friends asked a good one - "Why do dogs go in a circle before they lay down?" The book doesn't address this question. However, based on my reading of the book I would answ ...more
Candice
Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers everywhere
A very interesting book. The author describes the dog's five senses and how they differ from human sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. We have wondered why our dog sometimes can't find the bright orange ball that we toss for him. It turns out that to a dog's eyes bright orange is the worst color possible for a ball if you are throwing it on a grassy field. To the dog, the grass and the ball both appear yellow. Who knew? Another fascinating bit of information - a dog who retrieves a ball is t ...more
Dena
Feb 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because my dog is a bit of a disaster. I am always trying to help her and her neurotic ways. This book was very scientfic and interesting, though not much help for my specific disaster. I did learn that water actually has a taste that humans lack the ablity to decifer. But dogs can taste water...and they really can smell fear. They are sensitive to the pheremones that fear produces. Hmmm...like I said, it was interesting.
Emily
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just realized I hadn't put any review for this more than a year later. This book got me through my first hospital stay and kept my mind on something worth thinking about. Thought it needed more than a blank white space with no mention of its huge importance to me.
Emahlie
Sep 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers
Shelves: animal-related
This book explores the world from a dogs perspective. Coren moves through each sense and draws on research to explain to the reader how dogs perceive the world differently. The book was easy to read and enjoyable, but some of the author's interpretation of research has been called into question.
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