The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think

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Overview

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.




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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.

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Husband-and-wife team Hare (evolutionary anthropology, Duke Univ.; founder, Duke Univ. Canine Cognition Ctr.) and Woods (Bonobo Handshake) begin their book with a history of the domestication of wolves some 10,000 to 40,000 years ago and enthusiastically posit that dogs' social intelligence developed as the friendliest wolves formed working and relational bonds with humans. Hare is a pioneer in the field of cognitive ethology (the study of animal behavior under natural conditions) who uses psychological experiments to explore canine intelligence. His research has led to significant discoveries about how dogs understand intention and inference, read human gestures, understand words, follow gaze and pointing, and solve problems through demonstration. VERDICT Along with recent titles like Jon Franklin's The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection Between Humans and 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.—Susan Riley, Mamaroneck P.L., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101609637
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 92,693
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author


Brian Hare is an associate professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience 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 are married and live in North Carolina.
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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    The Genius of Dogs is a wonderful and fascinating account of not

    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!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    Whether you're a dog person or one of those odder birds -- cat p

    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. 

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    I found the book readable. The authors described all of their do

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    GENIUS NEEDS TO BE EMPHAZIED

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Gave as a gift--was happily received

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Dissapointing

    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.

    0 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    Just OK.

    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.

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