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Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
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Sep 20, 2009

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Dog lovers will find much to like in this book. Horowitz teaches psychology and applies the scientist's tool kit to a largely understudied species in an attempt to create a general interest book. The first half focuses on the physiological features of a dog: how they see, smell, taste and hear. Well grounded in anatomical studies, this section shines except when Horowitz drops back to the academic's mode of making sure all the footnotes and references are complete and just right. A sronger editor would have made her focus on the subject and not the distracting arcania.

After the physical aspects of the dog are on the table, the author turns to the psychology. Here things are much more subjective, and to me, the analysis was less satisfying. That probably says more about my interests and inclinations than the quality of Horowitz's efforts. Anyone who has ever tried to see inside their dog's mind will relate to this section.

All in all a highly recommended book for those who share their lives with these wonderful creatures, but probably not anyone else.
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