The Genius of Dogs

The Genius of Dogs

How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think

Book - 2013
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Brian Hare, dog researcher, evolutionary anthropologist, and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Vanessa Woods offer revolutionary new insights into dog intelligence and the interior lives of our smartest pets.

In the past decade, we have learned more about how dogs think than in the last century. Breakthroughs in cognitive science, pioneered by Brian Hare have proven dogs have a kind of genius for getting along with people that is unique in the animal kingdom. 

Brian Hare's stunning discovery is that when dogs domesticated themselves as early as 40,000 years ago they became far more like human infants than their wolf ancestors. Domestication gave dogs a whole new kind of social intelligence. This finding will change the way we think about dogs and dog training--indeed, the revolution has already begun.

Hare's seminal research has led him to work with every kind of dog from the tiniest shelter puppy to the exotic New Guinea singing dog, from his own childhood dog, Oreo, to the most fashionable schnoodle. The Genius of Dogs is nothing less than the definitive dog book of our time by the researcher who started a revolution.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2013.
ISBN: 9780525953197
Characteristics: xiii, 367 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Woods, Vanessa 1977-


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Feb 03, 2019

The central argument has to do with the beautiful observation that there are different kinds of intelligence. Dogs particularly excel at emotional intelligence and cooperation; contrary to the popular notion that humankind domesticated wolves to become part of our own society, it seems more likely that the genius ancestors of today's dogs domesticated *us*.

ArapahoeAlyson Jan 23, 2019

Science and dogs? What's not to love! I really enjoyed reading about the "genius" of dogs while also watching my dog do some not so "genius" things.

forbesrachel Apr 25, 2013

A compendium of knowledge on what has been learned about dogs in the last decade, written in a way that is easy for the non-scientific mind to understand. Presented from a researchers point of view, with scientific based tests, much of what has been learned will surprise even the greatest of dog lovers. Not only does the author reflect on dog intelligence, but refers to the genius of other animals, including our own, as well. Included in the back is website address you can look at to explore the realm of dognition with your own dog.

Mar 13, 2013

There is some really interesting stuff here, from a researcher who works with pet dogs, among other species, and who also has some experience with wild and feral dogs. I found myself a little frustrated with his criticism of clicker training without a lot of detail, and especially without an alternative approach that would work better for those behaviours that are easily shaped by clicker training. So, some parts that I would have liked a lot more detail about were a bit sparse and unsatisfying. But it's still an interesting book.

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