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Weeknights at the Wagner
Observing Dogs by Alexandra Horowitz
March 14, 2013, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Have you ever wanted to know what your dog was thinking? Why do dogs do what they do and how do they perceive the world? Given that dogs live in an estimated 75 million U.S. households, it is not surprising that we understand dogs by anthropomorphizing their behavior, but a wave of recent studies have given us new, and sometimes surprising, insights into the cognitive abilities and behaviors of man’s best friend. Dr. Alexandra Horowitz will discuss the latest discoveries in this field and her lab’s approach to studying the dog using observational and simple experimental practices that provide a new understanding of the dog’s point of view. Join us to peek inside your dog’s mind.
Dr. Alexandra Horowitz teaches animal behavior, psychology, and canine cognition at Barnard College at Columbia University. The Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab, in New York City, is currently studying dog and human play. She is author of the best-selling “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know,” and her new book, “On Looking,” was published in January 2013.