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The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think

By Brian Hare   |   Published On: Oct 29, 2013
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Get a mesmerizing insight into the interior lives of the smartest pet with The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think. Proving what most dog lovers have already known to be true, this book delves into the cognitive science of dogs to unveil their true genius. In fact, in the past decade, researchers have learned more about how dogs think than in the last century. Breakthroughs in cognitive science, pioneered by co-author Brain Hare, have proven that dogs have a kind of genius for getting along with people—and it’s totally unique in the animal kingdom.

This dog genius revolution is transforming how people live and work with canine friends, including how they are trained. Does your dog feel guilt? Is she pretending that she can’t hear you? Does she want affection, or is it just your sandwich that she’s after? In this book, Hare and Vanessa Woods share what research around the world is revealing about how your dog thinks—and even better, how that can help humans to have an even deeper relationship with their four-legged best friends.

About the Author

Brian Hare is an associate professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University, where he founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center. Vanessa Woods is a research scientist at the Center as well as an award-winning journalist and the author of Bonobo Handshake. Hare and Woods are married and live in North Carolina.

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    8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight
    10.4 ounces
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    Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods
  • Publication Date
    Oct 29, 2013
  • Publisher
    Penguin Random House
Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 Brian's Dog

  • 1 Genius in Dogs? 3

The many flavors of genius

  • 2 The Wolf Event 17

Wolves conquer the world, only to lose it all

  • 3 In My Parents' Garage 33

The perfect place for a scientific discovery

  • 4 Clever as a Fox 63

How an obscure Russian scientist revealed domestication's secret

  • 5 Survival of the Friendliest 95

How a little congeniality can get you a head

Part 2 Dog Smarts

  • 6 Dog Speak 125

Are we having a conversation?

  • 7 Lost Dogs 147

Dogs don't beat wolves at everything

  • 8 Pack Animals 165

Dogs are best in a social network

Part 3 Your Dog

  • 9 Best in Breed 191

The question on everyone's lips-which breed is smartest?

  • 10 Teaching Genius 219

How do you train a cognitive dog?

  • 11 For the Love of Dog 253

Could we love one another more?

Acknowledgments 283

Notes 287

Index 355

Credits 369

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    Super interesting

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    Interesting read! It's a thought provoking discussion on the latest canine cognitive science. Once I started I couldn't put it down. If you're a dog nerd, you'll enjoy this book. If you are looking to understand dogs more, you will also enjoy this book.

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    Do you think your dog is smart......

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    Truly interesting and thought provoking book.....If you're hitting a spot in the dogs training that the dog just looks at you and cocks his"I don't get what you're saying"...this book provides incites to unlocking that miscommunication.... A great read!

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