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From an animal behaviorist and dog enthusiast comes an adorable and informative guide to understanding how our canine friends see the world based on the number-one New York Times best-selling phenomenon, Inside of a Dog - now adapted for a younger audience!

Have you ever wondered what your dogs are thinking? What they're feeling? Now you finally can! The answers will surprise and delight you as scientist and dog-owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how our four-legged friends perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.

©2009 Alexandra Horowitz (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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Great book but....

“They”,”their” and “them” exist as gender neutral terms. Using “he” for all dogs and owners is not the gender neutral alternative to “it”. Other then that, the book is great!

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Informative

Very informative.
Found the narrative a bit robotic, but the content is very good.
I Recommend.

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A must read

Great insight into dogs and highly recommend for dog lovers and even those who want to know more about a dog

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Thought provoking

An interesting book highlighting the importance of viewing dogs and indeed all non-human animals as individuals.

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Mandatory Reading

What a wonderful insight into what it’s like
to be a dog! This book should be mandatory reading for all people regardless of whether they are guardians of a dog or not and especially for all “dog trainers”. I am sure my dog and I will listen to this audiobook many times over. Great thanks to Alexandra Horowitz, Pumpernickel and Finnegan.

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  • Jesus
  • 11-07-2016

A great insight to a dog 's life

A must read for every dog owner . you will never look at your dog the same way again

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  • RB
  • 13-04-2016

Thought provoking, beautiful language

Love the scientific angle author uses to support the points she makes but also the evocative and loving description of her own dog. Really enjoyed this audiobook. Definitely changes the way one will look at a dog going forward!

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  • Sarah W. Michels
  • 02-07-2018

Pleasant but uninformative

Nothing surprising or insightful but a pleasant read. I was expecting more but this is pretty standard.

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  • Drew Lackovic
  • 03-12-2017

not very informative

This book didn't have much to offer. I expected to learn more about dog psychology but little in it was really all that new. the book read more like a memorial to the author's dog than anything of major importance. also the narrator sounded like siri, which made the experience worse.

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  • MarlaP
  • 16-02-2018

very clinical with robotic narration

I struggled thru this book and I loooooove all dog books.
Not this one!!!

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  • anita putney
  • 27-03-2016

great info

I loved the book. although a little overwhelming with the science sometimes, there was tons of great info and I look at my dog differently Anna written more understanding now.

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  • Bseastrunk
  • 23-11-2018

Never used five words when two hundred would do

I'm sure there's good information buried here. I might actually like the print version where I could skip the author's rambling, personal side notes and disclaimers. I felt like I was listening to a warning label on medication. To be honest, I never made it past chapter two. By then I had learned that the author had lost a dog because it had gotten out in traffic. Yep that was it and I don't mean I had learned nothing new. That one line sums up the first two chapters. With a good editor, it might become a very good ninty minute book, I'll never know.

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  • Hickory
  • 05-09-2018

Couldn't even finish it

This seemed like one woman's experience with her dog and she extrapolates it to every dog out there. All dogs are different, just like each person is different. I got about 2 chapters in and had to stop. So bad.

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  • BBP
  • 04-08-2018

Encyclopedia quality

This book was very poorly marketed on Audible when they described it as being anything other than a scientific manual. I am a lifelong dog lover/owner and consider it almost a sin to leave a book unfinished but I cannot make my way through this one. It is written - and narrated - like an article in a scientific journal, which may be factual and informative to someone interested in that level of detail but in my opinion the occasional bits of info about her dog do not lighten or entertain enough to balance out the rest.

It is written in extremely formal style (I’ve heard no contractions, for example) and the narrator annunciates each and every consonant quite crisply with a pause between each word such that it sounds almost robotic. A paragraph may begin with a description of an “anthropomorphism” (this word gets used more than ‘dog’ I think) and then we hear on and on many examples of why and how this may be a mistake and then perhaps a comment or two about “the dog”. In the midst of one of these we were suddenly going on and on about how the tick looks at life. Now I know that ticks are born without sex organs but that is not what I bought this book to learn.

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  • Lorry Sorgman
  • 25-10-2017

It helps to undferstand my dog

It was boring more than interesting. I would recommend it for very light reading at night. :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-2018

A fascinating and balanced portrayal of the dog

Very enjoyable. Great science based listen for anyone even remotely interested in dogs. The science is portrayed in a highly accessible way, the writing is interesting, and all is enhanced by the narrator's performance. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the author doesn't just present and focus on the dry scientific facts, but also allows for the emotional consideration of the human-dog bond. I think it's a very good, balanced book.

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  • A Genealogist
  • 05-04-2017

A must for dog owners

What did you like most about Inside of a Dog?

This is an extremely interesting audio book. Really well narrated. It was surprisingly engaging and informative and promised to get me looking at my dogs differently. It succeeded in this. The book is intentionally quite amusing in places.

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Any dog owner would benefit from this. It will help you get some understanding of why your dog behaves the way it does and give you some idea about how to influence it. It is not a training guide though

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-2020

great book, bad narrator.

I have tead the book before. So I decided to get a copy on tape too. I don't think I'll be able to listen to much of it, the narrator is terrible. Sounds like an electronic voice on the old school text to speech functions on Mac computers. Not enjoyable to listen too at all.

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  • Mary Wesvin-tod
  • 22-09-2016

Insightful read

I'm yet to find a book that so perfectly mirrors how I feel about our canine companions.

I would recommend this read for anybody, in fact I would insist!

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  • pavlos
  • 09-04-2021

brilliant

I used this book to help with my understanding of dogs loved it . had to listen and listen and listen. couldn't stop .

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  • Chris
  • 04-04-2021

Worst narration experience on Audible

Decent story but narration is insupportable, sounds like bad AI. Pity, since.title and summary looked intriguing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-2019

Too much comparisons between dogs and wolves

Some good parts but the fact that dogs are not wolves made a lot of this book unbearable to listen to and made it difficult to distinguish whether or not the rest of the information in the book was based on fallacies too.

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