Researcher explores how dogs experience the world

New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Horowitz joins CultureShift to talk about the similarities and differences between human and canine behaviors.

medium sized dog lies on her back on the couch in the sun

‘The Year of the Puppy’ follows the cognitive development of a newborn puppy through the dog’s first year of life in a human family.

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There’s likely very few dog owners out there that haven’t wondered what in the world is going on inside the minds of their furry friends. For researcher Alexandra Horowitz, the inner life of dogs has been a rich field of study, from the way dogs interact with humans and other canines, to how they experience the natural world around them.

Horowitz is the New York Times best-selling author of ‘Inside of a Dog’ and the newly released ‘The Year of the Puppy.’ In the book, she follows the cognitive development of a newborn puppy through the dog’s first year of life in a human family.

She joins CultureShift to talk about what we’re only now learning about our longest animal companions and how she started down this avenue of research.

“I certainly think that – due to their long association with us and our selecting them for the types of features we recognize, and that we value – that we’ve changed dogs over that time, to be more human-like absolutely than their canid ancestors.” – Alexandra Horowitz, author of ‘The Year of the Puppy.’


Listen: Author uncovers new evidence of the complex cognitive processes of young dogs.

 

Photo credit: Sophia Jozwiak/WDET.

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Authors

  • Amanda LeClaire

    Amanda LeClaire is Host of CultureShift and is a founding producer of both of WDET's locally-produced daily shows. She's been involved in radio and the arts in Detroit for over a decade.

  • Sophia Jozwiak

    Sophia Jozwiak is the Digital Content and Communities Assistant for 101.9 WDET.