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Dog smart : life-changing lessons in canine intelligence / Jennifer S. Holland.


"Readers will meet a pack of genius dogs, each of whom embodies a particular kind of smarts. Holland interviews Cat Warren, who trains cadaver dogs, to learn about “nose intelligence.” To unpack emotional intelligence, she examines an unlikely dog friendship; to unpack task learning ability, she seeks out an agility trainer. She interviews police-dog trainers (volunteering to be attacked by one in the name of science), service-dog trainers, and trainers who rehabilitate “bad” dogs. And she gets to know breeds that are considered especially intelligent--border collies, cattle dogs, and German shepherds--to discover whether they are truly “smarter,” or just more in tune with humans. In between field experiences, Holland spends time with dogs in a variety of settings--a rescue center, a dog park, a boarding facility-- while pondering the lessons they teach us about ourselves. And she'll pose entrancing philosophical questions: How do we define intelligence in another being? Where do “instinct” and “intelligence” meet and diverge?"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781426222719
  • ISBN: 1426222718
  • Physical Description: 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2024]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
What makes a dog a dog? -- Dog smart science -- How smart dogs get smarter -- When learning matters most -- Walking together in different worlds -- Nose smart -- Pooper snoopers -- The scents of a human -- Sickness stinks -- The whiff that warns -- Born to bond -- Canine networking -- Dog smartest? -- The wisdom of the heart -- Getting smart about smart dogs -- Being better humans for our smart dogs -- Letting our dogs be dogs.
Subject: Dogs > Behavior.
Animal intelligence.
Dogs > Psychology.
Genre: Informational works.

Available copies

  • 3 of 11 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 0 current holds with 11 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 636.7 HOLLAND 2024 (Text) 0001012550945 Nonfiction New Checked out 07/09/2024

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