The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think

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by Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods
     
 

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Brian Hare, dog researcher, evolutionary anthropologist, and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Vanessa Woods offer revolutionary new insights into dog intelligence and 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

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Brian Hare, dog researcher, evolutionary anthropologist, and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Vanessa Woods offer revolutionary new insights into dog intelligence and 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. 

Brian Hare's stunning discovery is that when dogs domesticated themselves as early as 40,000 years ago they became far more like human infants than their wolf ancestors. Domestication gave dogs a whole new kind of social intelligence. This finding will change the way we think about dogs and dog training—indeed, the revolution has already begun.

Hare's seminal research has led him to work with every kind of dog from the tiniest shelter puppy to the exotic New Guinea singing dog, from his own childhood dog, Oreo, to the most fashionable schnoodle. The Genius of Dogs is nothing less than the definitive dog book of our time by the researcher who started a revolution.

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As early as 40,000 years ago, dogs domesticated themselves, beginning what was to become humankind's strongest and longest cross-species bond. Dog researcher and evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare and his journalist/author wife Vanessa Woods (Bonobo Handshake) have devoted much of their lives researching and writing about the social intelligence of animals. In this revelatory book, they share what recent breakthrough science is teaching us about the brains about our four-footed companions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525953197
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“Many authors have tried to anecdotally capture the emotional bond between humans and dogs. Here at last is a book that digs deep into cognitive science to unravel the mysteries of the canine brain. Thoroughly researched and written in the likable voice of a brainy scientist sitting at your kitchen table, The Genius of Dogs is a fascinating look at what goes on between the ears of the animals we share our lives with. I found it entertaining, fast-moving, and filled with gee-whiz insights that gave me a new appreciation for the complex social intelligence of man’s best friend.”
—John Grogan, author of Marley & Me and The Longest Trip Home

The Genius of Dogs is a fantastic book. It makes it very clear that there are different kinds of intelligence. All dog lovers should read this book.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation

“The definitive dog book of our time by the researcher who started a revolution.”
—Daniel J. Levitin, author of This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs

“A masterful account of the way science is revealing just how smart dogs can be. Fascinating and highly readable.”
—John Bradshaw, University of Bristol, author of Dog Sense

“With the help of some wolves, Russian foxes, New Guinea singing dogs and a Labrador Retriever named Oreo, Brian Hare tells us about his fascinating search for an understanding of how dogs think and communicate.”
—Stanley Coren, author of Do Dogs Dream and Born to Bark

“Based on Brian Hare’s game-changing research, The Genius of Dogs brilliantly explains the canine mind and in doing so illuminates the natural history of all intelligence. This book will captivate anyone interested in dog, ape or human mentality.”
—Richard Wrangham, Harvard University, author of Catching Fire

“This is the best book in existence, by far, for learning about the recent revolution in our understanding of the minds of dogs. And its fun, too.”
—Mike Tomasello, Co-Director, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

The Genius of Dogs is not just about dogs, and not just about genius. It’s an exciting detective story by two comparative biologists with amazing discoveries to report.”
—Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven

“A fascinating, riveting, utterly engaging romp through the mind of man's best friend. I promise: You will never look at your dog the same way again.”
—Maria Goodavage, author of Soldier Dogs

"Hare's thoroughly researched, enjoyable work will find an appreciative audience. This is essential reading for dog lovers and those who enjoy psychology and social sciences relating to animal behavior, communication, and training." - Library Journal

Meet the Author

BRIAN HARE is a professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, where he founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center. VANESSA WOODS is a research scientist at the center as well as an award-winning journalist and the author of Bonobo Handshake. Hare and Woods co-founded Dognition.com, a service that helps you discover how your dog thinks. They are married and live in North Carolina.

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The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Plain_Lo More than 1 year ago
Whether you're a dog person or one of those odder birds -- cat people -- this book will entertain and educate you.  There has been such a sea change in how scientists have come to think of dogs (is some ways catching up to what owners have always known), and this book details the what's and the why's of the story.  It makes you think of dogs with renewed appreciation, while also marveling at how our own minds work.  Great read for any dog lover (or even a cat lover) you know. 
bimmerlover More than 1 year ago
The Genius of Dogs is a wonderful and fascinating account of not only how dogs have evolved through their close affiliation with mankind for thousands of years but also how far science have come in understanding their unique genius (thus the title!). Dr. Hare is a well-known and respected dog cognition researcher at Duke University and together with his co-author Vanessa Woods they explore a wide range of scientific findings about dogs (while also dispelling some myths and "truths") - not only limited to their own research but polling from hundreds of other scientific papers, research projects and studies – yet in a fun, engaging and conversational style. I can warmly recommend this book for anyone who's interested in understanding not only dogs as a species, but also what may make your furry friend dog tick; his or her unique genius!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!! The cover picture tells it all. When your dog looks at you, you always wonder what they are thinking. This book tells you how they are observing us crazy humans and can and will imitate us. They are brilliant in how they function and this explains it all. They are one of the greatest creatures on the face of the earth. Kudos to the author and this great book.
Transplanted_Southerner More than 1 year ago
I found the book readable. The authors described all of their dog-intelligence experiments in layman's terms. I also learned why wolves evolved into dogs and became our best friends. For whatever reason--maybe because I often think my dog is smarter than I am, maybe because the dog on the cover is so darn cute--I picked up the book in hopes of discovering new ways to bond with my own dog. Instead I got bored with all the dog-experiment descriptions. Some of the experiments were quite entertaining, particularly the one where a handsome young Frenchman asks girls for phone numbers with and without his dog and records his successes with each. But in the end, to my un-scientific way of thinking at least, too many experiment protocol descriptions made the reading tedious. The book also didn't tell me enough about how to use the experiment results to further my relationship with my dog. A more science oriented reader who wants to validate all the research that's been done on dog intelligence will enjoy the book much more.
Mama-Rose More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read the whole book--got it to give as a gift after hearing a great interview on WHYY "Radio Times" with one of the book's authors. A heartening approach to human-dog relationships, corrections of common misunderstandings (re. packs), and compelling discussion about dogs and how really smart they are.
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Trilobite52 More than 1 year ago
I was a bit disappointed in the book. I guess I didn't realize it would be so clinical. I was hoping the information would be presented in a more entertaining format.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found that the book dealt too much with his view of evolution of man then of dogs. Obviously not a Christian. the experiments were interesting and his stories quite amusing. I can't say it was one of those books I would pass on to others or could not put down. I am almost done with it and have no real desire to finish it. It will probably be put into a thrift sale and sold for a lot less then I paid for it.