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They might be our best friends, but we often have no idea what they are thinking. Peer inside the fascinating world of the mind of the dog with associate professor of psychology Ellen Furlong of Illinois Wesleyan University. 

Ever wonder how the same nose that always manages to find the worst-smelling place in the park to roll around can also be trained to sniff out cancer, bombs, and even endangered plants and animals? As you embark on a penetrating look at the canine brain, you’ll break down the unique ways dogs think and feel and investigate how they see the world around them - as well as how they smell it! 

Professor Furlong will unpack the evolution and domestication of dogs and explain why talking about how “smart” dogs are misses the point. She’ll dig into the special relationship dogs have with humans, both illuminating where it stemmed from and examining what dogs actually think of us. 

These insights will help you gain a much deeper understanding of and appreciation for your canine companion, and, by examining how dogs acted in the past, you might better grasp your modern dog’s perplexing, quirky behaviors. A better comprehension of your dog’s cognition, perception, and social relationships will help you build a stronger bond as well as improve your ability to work with your pup.  

If you’ve ever shaken your head at your puzzling pup while wondering “Why in the world does he do that?” this is your chance to get answers as you go inside the mind of your furry best friend.

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  • 19-08-2020

Dogs!

I learned so much about dogs that I never knew, and why they function the way they do. It also has multiple funny examples and relatable scenarios. The narrator's voice also made it more enticing to listen to "think" a bit more like our canine friends. I didn't expect to listen to the whole thing in one day, but here I am! Any dog lover that enjoys learning should have fun with this one.

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  • Melinda
  • 20-08-2020

very basic

this book is not worthy of the great courses series, but should be part of a more basic category of books. good for anyone who has never wondered about dog evolution, or thinks that there is only one kind of intelligence.

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  • Hamilton
  • 09-10-2020

I love dogs, but hated this book

One painfully long analogy after another.

Five minutes comparing apples and oranges. Then another five minutes comparing the varieties of oranges. What does it have to do with dogs? Very little.

Gave up listening after about an hour and a half.

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  • Christine L'Amour
  • 08-10-2020

Very informative

I just got my first dog and I found this lecture series very informative in understanding my dog's psychology.

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  • Regina L.
  • 18-09-2020

Decoding Dogs: A treat and a challenge.

This was my first audible book but it won’t be my last. The topic was interesting and full of nuance. The material was presented in an organized way with many examples. I was left wishing I could take one of Dr. Furlong’s classes. I own a cat but just spent 3 months with my grand dog and wish I’d had this book before I had the time with her.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-2020

Learned something

I learned somethings about dogs. Good listen and interesting facts. I would recommend to others.

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  • Natasha Wanderly
  • 12-03-2021

I couldn’t stop listening!

I really enjoyed this; I wasn’t expecting to listen to it all the way through. Thank you so much, Ellen! Brilliant research and wonderfully delivered.

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  • Midwicket
  • 24-02-2021

Ellen and this a-book is amazing!

Having grown up with pets, and having a couple of extra but not supercilious shadows until only recently when we ended up having to put our little elder lady down much like Ellen’s example in the audiobook, I’ve always wanted to know more about my best buddies. Ellen is knowledgeable and makes this a fun listen. Her passion, knowledge, enthusiasm on the subject and humor comes out extremely well. I have recommended this to my family, including my sister, who is a practicing small animal Veterinarian. I’m curious to see what she thinks of it and I will edit my comments then. But in the meantime, feast your ears learning about our best friends! Enjoy! Woof woof!

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  • Janice Thompson
  • 24-01-2021

Dogs and Wolves

Not exactly what I was expecting. For a PhD researching dogs it was a bit too much about her own pets.

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  • Susan
  • 18-10-2020

Dog lectures

Dragged a bit at times, but fun for dog lovers. Interesting Insights into dog behavior.

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