The Woof Reporters can’t be the first people to wonder aloud: “Does my dog know I’ll be back in just an hour when I tell him so?” The question of just how much dogs understand stands the test of time, especially when it comes to the fur ball at the end of your bed.

Alexandra Horowitz, author of the just-released book Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know is no different. As a dog owner, she’s curious to learn why dogs do the things they do and what they know, and as a cognitive scientist, she’s curious about understanding them on another level. Horowitz explores our understanding of the dog’s world view with practical application for the people who love them.

A truly riveting read for anyone who shares life with a canine companion, her book acknowledges humans’ tendency to anthropomorphize our dog friends and pushes past it for a sharp scientific look at the animal. The result is a collection of sparkling insights on the doggie dynamic and how dogs perceive their the world around them.

Find out why bikes must be chased. Ponder the dog’s uncanny ability to know when we’re paying attention to them. Even get a glimpse into how and why dogs make friends with each other and us. It’s all here for seasoned dog lovers to nod along with recognition.

Read a few excerpts from the book at the link below and then pick up a copy of it. It may just be the only way to look out from those soulful eyes at your feet.

The Scoop:

Visit author Alexandra Horowitz’s site to learn more and read excepts from Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

Read another interesting article just published in TIME Magazine, “The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind,” by Carl Zimmer