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

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

by Alexandra Horowitz


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From the #1 bestselling author of Inside of a Dog—“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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476796024
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 169,453
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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; and Our Dogs, Ourselves. She teaches at Barnard College, where she runs the Dog Cognition Lab. She lives with her family and two large, highly sniffy dogs, one cat, and one puppy in New York City.

Table of Contents

1 Nose of a Dog 1

2 Smeller 7

3 Sniffing the Wind 33

4 Walking While Smelling 61

5 Plain as the Nose on Your Face 79

6 My Dog Made Me Smell It 101

7 Nose to Grindstone 129

8 Nose-wise 157

9 Stink-waves 183

10 Civet Cats and Wet Dogs 219

11 Nosed Out 255

12 Smell of the world 269

Notes and Sources 275

Thanks, an Index of 305

Index 307

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