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Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell | Alexandra Horowitz
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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 organthe noseand 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 dogthe tracking dog, of course, but also the dog lying next to you, snoring, on the couchknows 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 dogs 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 nosesboth canine and humanfrom 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 dimensionbreaking free of human constraints and understanding smell as never before; that they have, however fleetingly, been a dog.
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Oryx
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The latest in the photographic series I call "Dog in book shops" #dogsoflitsy

TrishB Awww 🐶❤️ 1y
julesG 😍 1y
Leftcoastzen So cute !🐶 1y
Desha So cute! 💗💗💗 1y
rockpools She always looks so at home in a bookshop! 1y
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This is barely a pick. I loved the authors earlier book, it completely changed how I walk my dogs, but this book focused way too much on the authors...interesting attempt to make her nose more a part of her everyday life. Some of that was interesting, like smell maps for cities or scent training for perfumers, but some was boring and TMI. I was very impressed by the dog research, particularly about dog self identification. 3/5 stars

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1. #Turkey (but next year I may go vegetarian and in that's case it would be #MashedPotatoesandGravy )

2. #CrabLegs

3. Yes. I met many musicians including #BelaFleck #SteveMorse and most of #DefLeppard and both of my in-laws are famous authors in their respective fields #EmilyFoxGordon #GeorgeSher

4. #BeingADog current read for #LMBC #GroupN @suvata @jb72 @Trashcanman @parttimedomestic

5 @ByChallaF @Elma @howjessreads #friyayintro

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@MinDea #HumpDayPost

1. #thankfulforbooksswap @JamieLou
2. over the river, 🏞️up the hill ⛰️⛰️🌲& through the woods🌲🌲🌲👪 to Grandpa's House we go🏠🍁🍂🌲🚜
3. Spending time with family
4.thats the removable belt clip for my phone case
5. Awesome book part of the #LMBC #GroupN @Trashcanman @jb72 @suvata @parttimedomestic

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#PetsOfLitsy #LMBC #GroupN @Trashcanman @parttimedomestic @jb72 @suvata

Rosie's wants to go out, but it's snowing too hard. She is so bored.

"It seems reasonable to suggest that dogs know their own smell. And, moreover, that they like it: any owner who has watched her dog roll in the dirt after getting a hose-down can attest to their interest in not smelling like shampoo...does this indicate that they know it is their smell...?(23)

JennyM She is a darling 4y
jb72 Cute puppy! If you like dog books try the following tagged book. My puppy was licking the snow last night. 4y
bookcollecter Thanks @jb72 😁 I will def check out #Dogtripping sounds like it's right up my alley. How old is your puppy? 4y
bookcollecter @JennyM that's very sweet of you 😁 4y
jb72 @bookcollecter My puppy Scout is 2.5 years old. He‘s a ball of energy. 4y
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The storm has started. About 2-3 inches so far. Trying to stay warm inside working on all my swaps and clubs. I'm excited for my swaps time get my packages! 😀❄️☃️🎄🎁🔮

#LMBC #GroupN #Round4 @Trashcanman @jb72 @parttimedomestic @suvata
#SSS #StuffedStockingSwap @avanders
#BlindDateBookSwap @TheReadingMermaid

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽❄️🎄💙🎅🏼 4y
Nebklvr Ick. Stay warm 4y
gradcat Ooohhh, that looks nasty...🌨🌨🌨 4y
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jb72 We got snow last night too. Not a lot but enough to be a headache. It should mostly melt today. Stay safe and warm! ❄️🌨☃️ 4y
bookcollecter Ended up being quite a bit ❄️❄️ how much did you get? @jb72 did you get snow @gradcat @Avanders @Nebklvr 4y
Nebklvr @bookcollecter Yes. A couple inches only. I hate the cold 4y
Avanders No .. technically it snowed here last week, but it was literally a dusting and gone in 2.0 seconds. I miss it. ❄️☃️❄️☃️❄️☃️❄️☃️❄️☃️❄️☃️ 4y
gradcat @bookcollecter No snow here...check my #Weather post for #Gratitude30, lol 😂 4y
jb72 @bookcollecter We only got an inch or so. It was all melted by the next afternoon. No snow in our forecast...just rain. Everything is a muddy mess. 4y
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Quirkybookworm Did I sign up for it?? 4y
bookcollecter I'm not sure...I think you need to check with @JamieLou 😀 4y
JamieLou @Quirkybookworm I see you on there :) it‘s an Elfster swap! 4y
JamieLou Thanks for sharing! @bookcollecter (edited) 4y
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#LMPBC @suvata #GROUPN @jb72 @Trashcanman @parttimedomestic @bookcollector

A journey of four months begins with a page...

... sitting down with my chosen nonfiction book for @suvata cool idea that is the #LMPBC with some coffee and pencil. The objective is to read and leave notes for the next three readers within the group. I had three options and decided to go with this one as it is the #Yearofthedog in the #ChineseZidiac

jb72 Very cool 😎 I‘ll post my pick today too. 4y
Trashcanman That sounds like a most interesting pick. 👁️👁️ 4y
parttimedomestic Yay, great choice! 4y
bookcollecter Glad you are all excited 😂 4y
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Look what a co-worker dropped off for me to read! I think there is something really cool about a friendship wherein you trade books back and forth. ♥️🐕 #nonfiction

Soubhiville That is special! I love my few reading friends! 5y
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kaywa
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Facts to "impress" people you conscript into walking your dog with you.

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Sweetdill
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Food designed for astronauts must be highly spiced and flavorful, for they are permanently congested: the fluid in their heads does not drop nicely toward their toes with gravity.

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Sweetdill
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Reading a fascinating book with a fur-baby at my feet #dogs #sciencepicks

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Betty
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If you could BE a dog, which one of the five senses you'd improve? #dogscents of course! Horowitz is a psych professor specializing in dog cognition. Lots of talk about peeing 🐶🐺