Being a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
Following the Dog Into a World of Smell

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

Both dog lovers and pop science readers will want to stick their noses in this book, and they may find themselves using their noses, like Horowitz and dogs everywhere, to experience the world more vividly.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Alexandra Horowitz, the author of the lively, highly informative New York Times bestselling blockbuster Inside of a Dog, explains how dogs perceive the world through their most spectacular organ—the nose—and how we humans can put our under-used sense of smell to work in surprising ways.

To a dog, there is no such thing as “fresh air.” Every breath of air is loaded with information. In fact, what every dog—the tracking dog, of course, but also the dog lying next to you, snoring, on the couch—knows about the world comes mostly through his nose.

In Being a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz, a research scientist in the field of dog cognition and the author of the runaway bestseller Inside of a Dog, unpacks the mystery of a dog’s worldview as has never been done before.

With her family dogs, Finnegan and Upton, leading the way, Horowitz sets off on a quest to make sense of scents, combining a personal journey of smelling with a tour through the cutting edge and improbable science behind the olfactory powers of the dog. From revealing the spectacular biology of the dog snout, to speaking to other cognitive researchers and smell experts across the country, to visiting detection-dog training centers and even attempting to smell-train her own nose, Horowitz covers the topic of noses—both canine and human—from surprising, novel, and always fascinating angles.

As we come to understand how complex the world around us appears to the canine nose, Horowitz changes our perspective on dogs forever. Readers will finish this book feeling that they have smelled into a fourth dimension—breaking free of human constraints and understanding smell as never before; that they have, however fleetingly, been a dog.
 

About Alexandra Horowitz

See more books from this Author
Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the bestselling Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know. She teaches psychology, animal behavior, and canine cognition at Barnard College, Columbia University. In New York City, Alexandra walks with her husband, the writer Ammon Shea, her son, and two large, non-heeling dogs.
 
Published October 4, 2016 by Scribner. 336 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Being a Dog
All: 2 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Good
on Jul 19 2016

Dog owners curious about the lives of their pets will savor this book, but it deserves a wider audience than just animal lovers.

Read Full Review of Being a Dog: Following the Do... | See more reviews from Kirkus

Publishers Weekly

Good
on Nov 19 2016

Both dog lovers and pop science readers will want to stick their noses in this book, and they may find themselves using their noses, like Horowitz and dogs everywhere, to experience the world more vividly.

Read Full Review of Being a Dog: Following the Do... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

Rate this book!

Add Review
×