Date Completed: 3/12/2017
A thoroughly captivating psychological/anthropological look at dogs tied in with personal anecdotes, Horowitz wrote a novel that hit home for me as I look over at my two *happy* dogs. I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to read this book and to learn and think a little harder about my dogs.
Horowitz explores the history of the domestication of the dog, covers scientific studies and the five major senses, and gives readers a more personal insight as well on how dogs move through life. Reading this while watching my own dogs play together was a treat, as I was able to pick up on some of the behaviors and discover more behind the meaning of their actions. I believe reading this book helped me to better understand dogs, and I hope I will be a better dog mom and trainer because of what I’ve learned.
Horowitz breaks the chapters up into small sections and highlights certain studies, behaviors, myths, etc, to uncover what we know and what we don’t know as a society about dog behavior. She includes throughout these sections stories about her own dog, Pumpernickel to relate Pump’s behavior with the question or explanation of dog behavior at hand. This style of writing helps readers connect with the science because they are able to see what behaviors Horowitz describes in dog action and relate that action back to their own canine companion.
I simply cannot imagine a life without dogs, and Horowitz has only made those feelings stronger.
Alexandra Horowitz teaches at Barnard College, where she runs the Dog Cognition Lab. You can learn more about her at her website or by reading any of her books.