Thursday, April 29, 2010

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know

Bill Blakemore from ABC News and Columbia University psychology professor Alexandra Horowitz discuss what it's like to think with a dog's brain. Horowitz explores findings from hundreds of scientific and animal behavior studies in her new book, Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know.





Life With Dogs

11 comments:

  1. We're super perceptive, we can see blue and green and we make eye contact. Such neat information. I loved this video. I love my fun but I also jump at the opportunity to learn more about us and how we differ from bipeds. Thank you
    Twinkie

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  2. wow. this is interesting. it supported things i knew and refuted other things. the eye contact info is interesting. not sure i whole-heartedly agree. i think it is definitely in their nature NOT to make eye contact with us initially, but over time, they learn to make eye contact as it is pleasing to us as their pack leader. teaching a dog eye contact in competitive obedience is something that can be very "eye opening" so to speak. the dog will do it as a learned behavior but it is not something they do very naturally.

    the info about long/nose vs pug and eye differences (seeing in front of them) makes a ton of sense. in fact the rounder faced/rounder eye dogs became breeded simply to look more like "us" and in that, they seem to behave more like us in that because of their structural changes in their face, they are more likely TO make eye contact naturally, than a dog closer to wolf ancestory. that makes more sense to me. especially since i have long nosed dogs and had to literally train the eye contact heavily in my GSD mix. in my sibe, ironically, she found it slighly easier and more natural. then again, her nose is SHORTER than my GSD mixes nose...

    fascinating story! thanks for sharing!

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  3. don't be fooled, we see everything. BOL
    Benny & Lily

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  4. Oh, that was very much interesting. Gosh, we are Most Fascinating creatures, aren't we? You humans are so lucky to have us around!

    Wiggles & Wags,
    mayzie

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  5. Now that was interesting! I live with sighthounds, I'm not fooled. They can see through their eyelids! It's the only way they can know everything that's going on while keeping up with their napping schedule!

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  6. Very interesting. Thanks for the video!

    Pat
    www.critteralley.blogspot.com

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  7. ditto on what everone else said. ;)

    xo,
    luna

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  8. And I thought dogs have supernatural powers, they can read my mind and catch me mid way out of the house without them!

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  9. Thanks for sharing but we cannot view the video! :(

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  10. Fascinating stuff here!

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  11. This was really interesting, thank you!

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