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The year of the puppy : how dogs become themselves  Cover Image Book Book

The year of the puppy : how dogs become themselves / Alexandra Horowitz.

Summary:

What is it like to be a puppy? Author of the classic Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz tries to find out, spending a year scrutinizing her puppy's daily existence, and poring over the science of early dog development. Few of us meet our dogs at Day One. The dog who will, eventually, become an integral part of our family, our constant companion and best friend, is born without us into a family of her own. A puppy's critical early development into the dog we come to know is usually missed entirely. Dog researcher Alexandra Horowitz aimed to change that with her family's new pup, Quiddity (Quid). In this scientific memoir she charts Quid's growth from wee grub to boisterous sprite, from her birth to her first birthday. Horowitz follows Quid's first weeks with her mother and ten roly-poly littermates, and then each week after the puppy joins her household of three humans, two large dogs, and a wary cat. She documents the social and cognitive milestones that so many of us miss in our puppies' lives, when caught up in the housetraining and behavioral training that easily overwhelms the first months of a dog's life with a new family. In focusing on training a dog to behave, we mostly miss the radical development of a puppy into themselves -through the equivalent of infancy, childhood, young adolescence, and teenagehood. By slowing down to observe Quid from week to week, The Year of the Puppy makes new sense of a dog's behavior in a way that is missed in a focus only on training. Horowitz keeps a lens on the puppy's point of view-how they (begin to) see and smell the world, make meaning of it, and become an individual personality. She's there when the puppies first open their eyes, first start to recognize each other and learn about cats, sheep, and people; she sees them from their first play bows to puberty. Horowitz also draws from the ample research in the fields of dog and human development to draw analogies between a dog's first year and the growing child -- and to note where they diverge. The Year of the Puppy is indispensable for anyone navigating their way through the frustrating, amusing, and ultimately delightful first year of a puppy's life -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593298008
  • ISBN: 0593298004
  • Physical Description: 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2022]
Subject: Puppies.
Puppies > Growth.
Dogs > Behavior.

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at Consortium of Ohio Libraries.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Galion Library. (Show)

Holds

  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Galion Library 636.707 HORO (Text) 35920505771129 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Blanchester Library 636.707 HOR (Text) 39018002486675 Nonfiction New Books Available -
Marvin Memorial Library 636.707 HORO (Text) 30202002381420 Non-Fiction Available -


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