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The Genius of Dogs

How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


For readers of Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz, 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 12, 2012 – Arguing against the common assumption that a domesticated animal is somehow also a weaker, less intelligent one, Hare and Woods present a scientific study that doubles as a warmhearted tribute to man s best friend. The authors evaluate animal intelligence primarily on the basis of a species success in surviving, finding the canine intellect on that count to be closely suited to coexistence with humans. Domestication has resulted in animals more like infants than wolves that can make inferences about human behavior and learn human vocabulary. Dogs also read our gestures, anticipate our desires, and better the quality of our lives, receiving food, shelter, and care in return. Observing that humans do not invite many other mammals to live in our homes and even sleep in our beds, Hare and Woods suggest that dogs earned this coveted spot by being our friends a phenomenon they dub survival of the friendliest. The pair find that the human-canine relationship is not as one-sided as it can sometimes seem, but delivers such benefits to humans as alleviating loneliness, lowering blood pressure, and relieving stress, while they also touch on their research s implications for our own species.

Customer Reviews

A great read about the true capacity of our furry friends

The Genius of Dogs is about how dogs have evolved through their close affiliation with humans, and how far science recently has come in understanding their unique genius.

The authors do this in a fun, engaging and conversational style, while at the same time dispelling some myths and perpetuated “truths” about dogs, and also about what “intelligence” really is.

For anyone who's interested in understanding what makes our furry friends tick, this is a great (e)book!

The genius of dogs

More science than practical advice for new dog owners. Came away with three insights on dog behavior. Hoping for more.

Fun read

From your high school counselor. You make us so proud.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and also learned so much. I will never look at Clancey and Clouseau quite the same way as I did before....of course, I found them to be exceptional in every way while reading your wonderful book!! Congrats on a job well done..
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The Genius of Dogs
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Pets
  • Published: Feb 05, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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