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A New York Times Bestseller
A Science Friday and Library Journal Best Science Book of the Year

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.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* To really understand dogs, one must move into the realm of the olfactory, because, as Horowitz (Inside of a Dog, 2016) points out, it all begins with the nose. While dogs see and hear perfectly well, what they really like is sniffing, and particularly sniffing other dogs and their humans. In this exploration of the canine nose, Horowitz explores the smelly world dogs live in, and, in the process, also learns a lot about humans' nasal abilities. Exploring the mechanics of sniffing, the author learned that dogs practice a form of circular breathing to enhance odors. She takes a small walk around New York, during which humanparticipants sniff their way through a neighborhood. She studies nasal anatomy; tries sniffing books to see which one her son recently handled (got it on the first try); takes part in a study of olfaction (100 scents in two hours); learns about detection training of working dogs as they learn to sniff out drugs, cadavers, and cancers; and trains her own dogs to search out scents. All of this focus on scent left Horowitz with a heightened awareness of smells, and to teach herself to attend to them. After all, to a dog there is no such thing as fresh air every breeze is loaded with information.--Bent, Nancy Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Horowitz, a dog cognition researcher at Barnard College and author of Inside of a Dog, explores the way dogs experience the world in this rich and absorbing examination of noses and scents. By studying the process of "seeing" the world by the scents that flood a dog's nose, Horowitz hoped to increase her own sense of smell while increasing her understanding of dogs. By performing sensory experiments on herself, she explores the structural differences between canine and human noses and the ways in which dogs are better designed to detect scents. Sniffing, the key to capturing smells, is hilariously practiced by Horowitz as she walks her dogs, Finnegan and Upton. Horowitz's experiences with dog trainers, perfumers, and truffle hunters will leave readers sniffing to find the rich aromas in their colognes, wines, and backyards. 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. Agent: Kristine Dahl, ICM. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Horowitz (psychology, Barnard Coll.; On Looking: A Walker's Guide to the Art of Observation) explores the sense of smell in both dogs and humans in her follow-up to Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know. She explains how dogs "see" their environment through smell in the way that people depend upon their vision to take in their surroundings. Readers accompany Horowitz on a quest to learn how dogs train in order to track scents, and she recounts her adventures following dogs on their expeditions in wildlife conservation tracking and truffle mushroom hunting. The author also examines her own limitations and capabilities of smell, participating in research studies and interviewing experts. She investigates wine tasting, how perfumes are created, and the "smellscapes" of various cities. This engaging book will awaken in readers a new appreciation for the olfactory sense and the motivation to make better use of this often overlooked function. VERDICT General readers, and dog lovers in particular, will be delighted by this book's insight into the canine aptitude for scent detection and how people who purposefully take advantage of their sense of smell gain an enhanced ability to perceive the world. [See author Q&A on p. 106.]-Laurie Neuerburg, Victoria Coll.-Univ. of Houston Lib. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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