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Best-selling author, psychologist, and world-renowned expert on dog behavior and training Dr. Stanley Coren presents the most informative, in-depth, fascinating book yet on dogs.

Acclaimed for its solid scientific research and entertaining, eminently accessible style, How Dogs Think gives you the insight that you need to understand the silly, quirky, and apparently irrational behaviors that dogs demonstrate, as well as those stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity that they also can display. It lets you see through a dog's eyes, hear through his ears, and even sense the world through his nose, as Coren presents a fascinating discussion of the way dogs interpret their world and their human companions, and of how they solve problems, learn, and take in new information.

How Dogs Think also answers questions about our canine companions that have puzzled many. Can dogs count? Do they have an appreciation of art or music? Can a dog learn how to do something just by watching another dog or even a person do it? Do dogs dream? What is the nature of dog personality? Which behaviors are prewired into your dog, and which can you actually change? And, can dogs actually sense future earthquakes or detect cancer?

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"This book should be widely read among dog fanciers, from pet owners to professionals. Highly recommended." ( Library Journal)

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Brilliant

Great book. So informative and uses scientific studies to back up statements. Good for per who know nothing about dogs and people who know a lot.

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detailed and thorough

If you're really interested in everything about dogs rather than just wanting to stop your barking then it's good. probably a bit dry and detailed for most people other than dog professionals.
loved the impersonations.

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Comparing a Collie and it's owner to wolves?!

This book contains antiquated ideas and long disproven theories.
I brushed off the ridiculous references in early chapters but couldn't get half way through the book without having to stop and decide that enough was enough. Domesticated dogs are not wolves! Please don't waste your money or credits on this peddling of nonsense.

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poor narrator

impossible to listen to his interpretation of dialogues and quotes; when he is using higher pitch voice

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Lovely

Very nice book. It took me a long time to finish but worth it. Thanks

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Very informative and enjoyable

I thought that this was an excellent audiobook. It covered pretty much all aspects of owning a dog from birth to death. There was a lot of good science within. Being a long, comprehensive book, it is difficult to take everything in the first time through so I will need to listen to the whole 12 hours again ... something I'm looking forward to doing.

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Bloody brilliant

Fascinating, interesting, thought provoking, funny and so much more. This should be taught at schools to give kids more understanding of our four legged friends. Highly recommended.

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  • Lisa c.
  • 20-12-18

EXCEPTIONAL BOOK

I discovered more about dogs in this book than all others ive read put together !!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-12-17

T book was extremely informative at times it seemed to be a little long-winded but it was due to the fact they were telling stories in order to dramatize the information being given..

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  • Fact addict
  • 23-10-19

Superb! But take your time...

This was absolutely breathtaking, with enormous amounts of great information and science- and research- based facts. I took lots of time, listening to one chapter at a time, occasionally reversing for a bit and re-listening to some areas.
I have learned a lot from this book. It will certainly assist my understanding and relationship with my canine contemporaries.
The first part was REALLY great.... it explains why canines don’t readily pick up on our verbal cues: their brains aren’t organized for it, since verbal speech is not native to them.
The narrator is okay for the most part; his impersonation of an British person had me laughing out loud.... it sounded like an old Maine down’east-er! Sorry, sir... at least you tried.

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  • KARL R.
  • 17-04-18

perfect!

the best I've read so far regarding the minds if dogs looking forward to reading more by the same author

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  • Elisa A Kopitzke
  • 15-12-20

Loved it!!!

Very entertaining! I appreciate the level of research put in to this book and the simple and clear wording it was delivered in.
So much fun to read!

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  • Jeremy May
  • 10-12-20

Fantastic and well-written book

Written from a scientific and research perspective. The first two thirds of the book are so I thought were interesting but not what I was looking for I didn't see any practical information. Then the last third or so I got what I wanted. I'll still say it's more scientific and research oriented versus practical knowledge but definitely worth a read nonetheless.

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  • Lugo
  • 09-11-20

interesting, informative. cheesy, fun reader

I liked it. the author is very knowledgeable. he brings forth a lot of evidence and theories but admits that as scientists we don't know for sure what dogs are thinking. he mentions arguments and counter arguments. the only thing I didn't like is it doesn't answer huge questions. but the author is correct we can only guess.... theres no real way to prove 100% if dogs have consciousness or self awareness or awareness of others or plan for the future, etc but here is the evidence we have.

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  • Katie
  • 28-05-20

Too scientific

Too scientific for me. However, very informative and educational. If you are looking for some biological information mixed with body language communication, this is the book for you.

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  • Daynas
  • 10-05-20

Great, fun book!

This is a rather longer book to listen to than most but it’s well worth it if you have a dog. It’s fun and easy to listen to but really digs into the present scientific findings of dogs. It’s great for dog owners of course but I highly recommend it for anyone looking to adopt a dog. The writer is a scientist but clearly loves dogs. This makes it even more worth listening to.

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  • Bob
  • 29-04-20

Dog's do have a conscience.

Great narrator, I absolutely loved the stories. I Loved everything about the book. it makes me think that if dogs have a conscience then do they also have a soul? I believe they do! ❤️❤️❤️❤️