Do you have the smartest dog around? Or are you often reminded that, while you love your pet, your Fido is perhaps not the brightest bulb in the box? Readers on either side of this question will find this book a revelation. The Genius of Dogs is a fascinating account of the canine species, those amazingly adaptable creatures who are so integral to the lives of their human companions.
How well do you think you know your dog? In recent years, studies at the Duke Canine Cognition Lab and other research facilities around the world have tackled questions that we humans have only pondered and probably disagreed about until now. Consider this– do dogs feel guilt? Do they pretend they can’t hear us? How powerful is their need for reward of some kind from humans? Pioneered by Brian Hare, the research shows how all dogs are capable of a kind of “genius” for getting along with people that is indisputably unique in the animal kingdom, with all due respect to you cat lovers out there.
Aside from being a fact-filled, fun-to-read foray into animal research, the book reveals how the notion of dog genius can meaningfully impact how we live with, work with, and train our dogs. So, get ready to take another look at the dogs in your life. I even found myself talking to my own dog about this book. While he declined to discuss, his seemingly impassive gaze has now taken on new meaning for me.