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

the-genius-of-dogsIn 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. This dog genius revolution is transforming how we live and work with our canine friends, including how we train them.

Does your dog feel guilt? Is she pretending she can't hear you? Does she want affection—or just your sandwich? In Th­e Genius of Dogs, Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods lay out what discoveries at the Duke Canine Cognition Lab and other research facilities around the world are revealing about how your dog thinks and how we humans can have even deeper relationships with our best four-legged friends.

Dog owners know their dogs are smart. Yet they were banned from animal cognition studies for years; researchers thought they must not be very bright because they were domesticated animals. But, as Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods show in this highly engaging and insightful book, dogs are really geniuses. They're not soft and dim compared to their wild wolf cousins--they're geniuses! Why? Because, as the authors write, dogs "were smart enough to come in from the cold and become part of the [human] family." Their book presents the latest studies on dog smarts, and you'll come away with a new appreciation for your pooch--and the scientists who broke away from their own pack to investigate the minds of our best and brightest friends.

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