The genius of dogs : how dogs are smarter than you think / Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods.

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      Summary: "Brian Hare, dog researcher, evolutionary anthropologist, and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Vanessa Woods offer revolutionary new insights into dog intelligence and the interior lives of our smartest pets. In the past decade, we have learned more about how dogs think than in the last century. Breakthroughs in cognitive science, pioneered by Brian Hare have proven dogs have a kind of genius for getting along with people that is unique in the animal kingdom. Brian Hare's stunning discovery is that when dogs domesticated themselves around 40,000 years ago they became far more like human infants than their wolf ancestors. Domestication gave dogs a whole new kind of social intelligence. This finding will change the way we think about dogsand dog training--indeed, the revolution has already begun. Hare's seminal research has led him to work with every kind of dog from the tiniest shelter puppy to the exotic New Guinea singing dog, from his own childhood dog, Oreo, to the most fashionableschnoodle. The Genius of Dogs is nothing less than the definitive dog book of our time by the researcher who started a revolution. "-- Provided by publisher.
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      Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-354) and index.
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      9780525953197 : HRD
      0525953191 : HRD
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      HARE, B.; WOODS, V. The genius of dogs : how dogs are smarter than you think. [s.l.] : Dutton, 2013. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 16 set. 2019.
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      Hare B, Woods V. The Genius of Dogs : How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think. Dutton; 2013. Accessed September 16, 2019.
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Booklist Reviews 2013 January #1

Several monikers on the 2012 list of most popular puppy names (Max, Charlie, Lucy) have a comforting familiarity. As pets become integrated family members and people develop deeper bonds with their dogs, it makes sense that the owners would choose to name a pet as they would a human child. Loyalty and companionship are basic needs that a faithful, loving pooch can provide, but how well do you know what your dog is thinking? What motivates his actions, and how much does he actually learn through human cohabitation and observation? Husband-and-wife authors Hare (a professor of evolutionary anthropology and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center) and Woods (a research scientist and author) present their extensive scientific research on dognition (a playful portmanteau for dog cognition) in an informed and fetching style while pointing to the domestication of man's best friend as evidence of dogs' unique social intelligence and the survival of the friendliest. The Genius of Dogs will fascinate any dog lover who longs to gain a better understanding of our devoted canine friends. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2013 March #2

Husband-and-wife team Hare (evolutionary anthropology, Duke Univ.; founder, Duke Univ. Canine Cognition Ctr.) and Woods (Bonobo Handshake) begin their book with a history of the domestication of wolves some 10,000 to 40,000 years ago and enthusiastically posit that dogs' social intelligence developed as the friendliest wolves formed working and relational bonds with humans. Hare is a pioneer in the field of cognitive ethology (the study of animal behavior under natural conditions) who uses psychological experiments to explore canine intelligence. His research has led to significant discoveries about how dogs understand intention and inference, read human gestures, understand words, follow gaze and pointing, and solve problems through demonstration. VERDICT Along with recent titles like Jon Franklin's The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection Between Humans and Dogs, Hare's thoroughly researched, enjoyable work will find an appreciative audience. This is essential reading for dog lovers and those who enjoy psychology and social sciences relating to animal behavior, communication, and training.—Susan Riley, Mamaroneck P.L., NY

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PW Reviews 2012 November #2

Arguing against the common assumption that a domesticated animal is somehow also a weaker, less intelligent one, Hare and Woods present a scientific study that doubles as a warmhearted tribute to man's best friend. The authors evaluate animal intelligence primarily on the basis of a species' success in surviving, finding the canine intellect on that count to be closely suited to coexistence with humans. Domestication has resulted in animals "more like infants than wolves" that can make inferences about human behavior and learn human vocabulary. Dogs also read our gestures, anticipate our desires, and better the quality of our lives, receiving food, shelter, and care in return. Observing that humans do not invite many other mammals to live in our homes and even sleep in our beds, Hare and Woods suggest that dogs earned this coveted spot by being our friends—a phenomenon they dub "survival of the friendliest." The pair find that the human- canine relationship is not as one-sided as it can sometimes seem, but delivers such benefits to humans as alleviating loneliness, lowering blood pressure, and relieving stress, while they also touch on their research's implications for our own species. (Feb.)

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