The utterly captivating ‘The Genius of Dogs; How Dogs are Smarter than you Think’ by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods, is one of those fascinating books that readers will want to take their time to pore over.
Hare, director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center at Duke University, tells the story of how he became involved in the study of canine cognition, and pioneered research that has advanced the science of discovering how dogs think.
According to Hare, dogs have a particular genius when it comes to relating to humans that is unparalleled among domestic animals. In some cases, canine cognition even betters the brain power of apes.
Hare and Woods explore how dogs domesticated themselves to partner with, what dogs can and cannot figure out, how we communicate with dogs and they with us, which dog breeds are smartest, and more.
The authors have thoroughly researched this subject and presented it in a way that anyone can understand. They explain experiments in detail, and how the results sent them on further investigations. There are so many stunning revelations, readers will want to savor the information and ruminate on how it relates to the dogs they know.
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (October 29, 2013)
Brian Hare is an associate professor at Duke University and the founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center. Vanessa Woods is a research scientist at the Center and an award-winning journalist. She is the author of ‘Bonobo Handshake.’
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