Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 4, 2016 - Pets - 336 pages
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From the #1 bestselling author of Inside of a Dog and The Year of the Puppy—“an incredible journey into the olfactory world of man’s best friend” (O, The Oprah Magazine), Alexandra Horowitz’s follow-up to her New York Times bestseller explains how dogs experience the world through their most spectacular organ—the nose.

In her “fascinating book…Horowitz combines the expertise of a scientist with an easy, lively writing style” (The New York Times Book Review) as she imagines what it is like to be a dog. Guided by her own dogs, Finnegan and Upton, Horowitz sets off on a quest through the cutting-edge science behind the olfactory abilities of the dog. In addition to speaking to cognitive researchers and smell experts, Horowitz visits detection-dog trainers and training centers; she meets researchers working with dogs to detect cancerous cells and anticipate epileptic seizure or diabetic shock; and she even attempts to smell-train her own nose.

As we come to understand how rich, complex, and exciting the world around us is to the canine nose, Horowitz changes our perspective on dogs forever. Readers will finish this book feeling that they have broken free of their human constraints and understanding smell as never before; that they have, for however fleetingly, been a dog. And, as The Boston Globe says about Being a Dog, “becoming more doglike, not surprisingly, can make anyone’s life a little more vivid.”

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User Review  - LudieGrace - LibraryThing

As I think others have noted, I wanted this book to be more about, well, being a dog. The parts about the anatomy behind canine olfactory abilities and working dogs were really interesting; I started ... Read full review

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User Review  - gbelik - LibraryThing

This book had an interesting take on a dog's sense of smell. Instead of just talking about smell in terms of the dog, the author tries in various ways to test and develop her own nose. Very interesting. Read full review


Nose of a Dog
Sniffing the Wind
Walking While Smelling
Plain as the Nose on Your Face
My Dog Made Me Smell It
Nose to Grindstone
Civet Cats and Wet Dogs
Nosed Out
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Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know; Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell; Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond; and The Year of the Puppy: How Dogs Become Themselves. She teaches at Barnard College, where she runs the Dog Cognition Lab. She lives with her family of Homo sapiens, Canis familiaris, and Felis catus in New York City.

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