Review: The Genius of Dogs

Posted on March 26, 2013

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the-genius-of-dogsThe Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter than You Think
By Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods
Dutton
February 2013
384 pages

Anyone who has ever shared true companionship with a dog has wondered: Does my dog think? The Genius of Dogs not only asks, but answers the question. Co-written by husband and wife research team Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods, this book focuses primarily on Hare’s lifetime evolution into anthropology and his research into animal cognition. In order to distinguish how dogs think, Hare researched how other animals think including humans, bonobos, chimpanzees, wolves, foxes and cats. Then he compared domesticated dogs to wild dogs, dingoes, and New Guinea Singing Dogs. In some cases the outcomes were surprising. In others, the results were what I would have expected based on my own interactions with dogs, as well as other animals. No matter what, the accounts of Hare’s travels to animal research centers all over the world and his discoveries along the way are certainly fascinating as well as entertaining. Hare’s scientific analysis is based on decades of research into animal cognition and reveals the unique “genius” of dogs that sets them apart from all other species. But this is no dull treatise. Woods’ engaging narrative is peppered with amusing anecdotes, plus glimpses into Hare’s childhood and personal life which bring to light his deep affection and devotion not only to dogs, but the entire animal kingdom.

The Genius of Dogs presents ample evidence to support the subtitle, How Dogs are Smarter than You Think. Some readers will never look at their dogs the same way. Others will look at their dogs and say, “I knew it,” with the assurance their dogs understand exactly what they mean. All dog lovers should read this book. If you understand your dogs better, you can help them live longer, happier lives. ~ Copyright (c) 2013 by Peggy Tibbetts

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