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    Just read this book called "Inside of a dog" by Alexandra Horowitz (Amazon.com: Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (9781416583400): Alexandra Horowitz: Books). It is a great read and I can only recommend it! Thought some people here might be interested

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    hi Hippo

    What was the best new thing you learned that didn't know before in the book?

    I read some of the "see inside" stuff on the amazon site, and learned what defensive Rhinos look like - incidentally - they don't do that at Monarto or Dubbo zoos, must feel more comfortable there than in her research zoo.

    She has also written an article about dogs at play - how they communicate with each other.
    http://www.barnard.edu/psych/faculty...s/horowitz.pdf

    I like this bit
    The wolfhound, three feet at his shoulder and five
    feet to his tail, spies the long-haired chihuahua hidden in the high grass between
    her owner's feet. The chihuahua is six pounds, each of them trembling. With one
    languorous leap, his ears high in the air, the wolfhound arrives in front of the
    chihuahua. He lowers his head and bows down to the eyeline of the little dog,
    raising his rear end up in the air, and holding his tail high. Instead of fleeing from
    this clear danger, the chihuahua returns the bow, and she leaps onto the head of
    the wolfhound, embracing his nose with her tiny paws. They begin to play.
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    Hippo, what is the book about?? I am looking for a good dog-related read, my current crime novel is doing my head in!!

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    dogs best friend

    That's what links are for, the amazon link lets you "read inside" the book enough pages, and my link will also give you an idea.

    It's mostly about how dogs think, and how that is different to humans and different to what humans think dogs think based on body language - doggy body language requires different interpretation to human body language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    What was the best new thing you learned that didn't know before in the book?
    I didn't know about the Rhino defensive behaviour either
    And the dog stuff, there were quite a few things I didn't know or only knew a bit about. For example in the "sniff" section she talks about how dogs when they sniff breath in and out (you can see sometimes the dust whe they do that ). Well, by doing that they get more of the new smell in the nose. Or the ears of a bloodhound again increase the air flow when their nose is on the ground following a scent.
    I also didn't know that dogs have the same taste receptors as we have, how their retina is build up (in comparison to us) and that they have a theory of (dog) mind (Theory of mind - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
    One thing I didn't know about is the experiment they started in 1959, the domestication of the silver fox. I will definetely get more papers about this (it is quiet embarrasing that I didn't know about that before).

    And these are just a few points. In general I like the way she writes (like your quote Hyacinth). And thanks for the link to the article. I will read through it later.

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    Thanks Hyacinth! I just realised that the link you posted is her dissertation. That will be a very interessting read!

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