8 episodes

Dog-cognition expert and bestselling author Alexandra Horowitz (Inside of a Dog) takes us on a walk into the scruffy, curious, joyful world of dogs. What does it mean to "own" a dog? Can dogs demonstrate genuine heroism? And what is it like to experience reality primarily through smell? Off Leash is a delightful and surprising look at the deeply familiar, profoundly mysterious animals who walk alongside us.

Off Leash Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 278 Ratings

Dog-cognition expert and bestselling author Alexandra Horowitz (Inside of a Dog) takes us on a walk into the scruffy, curious, joyful world of dogs. What does it mean to "own" a dog? Can dogs demonstrate genuine heroism? And what is it like to experience reality primarily through smell? Off Leash is a delightful and surprising look at the deeply familiar, profoundly mysterious animals who walk alongside us.

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    An Update on Off Leash

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    • 52 sec
    6. Genes

    6. Genes

    “What breed is she?” Every owner of a mixed-breed dog is eventually asked this when out on a walk. But how much do dogs' breeds — and genes — really tell us about who they are? Alexandra Horowitz asks Soledad O'Brien about her dog Coco's ancestry (and her own), then talks to a pioneer in the field of canine DNA.

    • 39 min
    5. Strays

    5. Strays

    The dogs we know best live as pets: indoors, wearing bespoke collars, and sleeping on our sofas. But the majority of the world’s dogs are stray, or “free-ranging” dogs. What are their lives like? Alexandra Horowitz talks to filmmaker Elizabeth Lo about her documentary Stray, which follows street dogs in Istanbul, and a behavioral scientist who studies a community of stray dogs in a Moroccan beach town.

    • 39 min
    4. Heroes

    4. Heroes

    Hollywood loves stories of canine heroism. But can ordinary dogs really be heroes? To find out, Alexandra Horowitz talks to a dog-cognition researcher and to Susan Orlean, author of the book Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.

    • 38 min
    3. Property

    3. Property

    To the law, everything is either a "person," with rights, or a "thing,” without. Where does that leave dogs? Alexandra Horowitz considers animate things, living property, and what happens when the law and our families collide.

    • 26 min
    2. Names

    2. Names

    What do dogs know about their own names? And is there any science about what to name them? Alexandra talks to a researcher with some answers, and takes a walk with the actress Isabella Rossellini, her dogs, and a sheep named Frida Kahlo.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
278 Ratings

278 Ratings

Keerawr ,

canine philosophy

Thank you for putting on a great show that challenges my preconceived notions about my favorite creature on Earth!

Flerm667 ,

5/5

Great show. Would love to hear more episodes with celebrities and their dogs.

semipenguin ,

I enjoyed the shows they published

Sorry that they decided to discontinue this podcast. As a human to a couple of awesome four legged friends, it would nice to have a weekly podcasts on furbabies.

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