By Molly Daly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A successful dog behavior expert will be in North Philadelphia Thursday night for a free talk.
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Dr Alexandra Horowitz in the author of Inside a dog.
“There are something like 75 million dogs in the United States today, and I think they’ve almost surpassed the number of households that have children,” she says. KYW Newsradio. “So they became part of our family. “
But Horowitz, who runs the Canine Cognition Laboratory at Barnard College in New York, says that even though humans have lived with dogs for tens of thousands of years, we can’t assume we know everything about them.
Horowitz says the best way to learn more about dogs is to examine their behavior. Have you ever wondered why your dog spends so much time smelling something you can’t see?
“They are scent creatures, so their primary sense is smell, not sight,” says Horowitz. “They have hundreds of millions of receptors in their noses that can detect odors. They can get information about individuals, about their health, how long someone has been there, about all kinds of things that are invisible to us.
Listen to the full interview with Dr. Alexandra Horowitz in this podcast from CBS Phily: