The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour and Interactions with People

The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour and Interactions with People

by James Serpell, Priscilla Barrett
     
 

Dogs occupy a special position in human society. They were probably the first animal species to become domesticated, but their relationship with humans has always been ambivalent. Dogs form strong attachments to humans, even in the face of rejection and punishment, voluntarily allying themselves to us as faithful companions, uncomplaining child-substitutes, enduring… See more details below

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Dogs occupy a special position in human society. They were probably the first animal species to become domesticated, but their relationship with humans has always been ambivalent. Dogs form strong attachments to humans, even in the face of rejection and punishment, voluntarily allying themselves to us as faithful companions, uncomplaining child-substitutes, enduring workers, and excellent hunters and guards. Yet they are also reviled as vicious killers, unclean scavengers and outcasts. In this book, the many facets of dog behavior are set in the context of the dog's place in our society. Based on firm scientific research, the book dispells many myths and stereotypes about our canine friends, and it will be the definitive reference work on dog behavior for many years to come. Dog-lovers with an interest in understanding how and why dogs behave as they do will find this fascinating reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521425377
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.59(d)

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
1Introduction1
2Origins of the dog: domestication and early history7
3Evolution of working dogs21
4Genetic aspects of dog behaviour with particular reference to working ability51
5Analysing breed and gender differences in behaviour65
6Early experience and the development of behaviour79
7Feeding behaviour of domestic dogs and the role of experience103
8Social and communication behaviour of companion dogs115
9The ethology and epidemiology of canine aggression131
10Canine behavioural therapy139
11Effects of owner personality and attitudes on dog behaviour153
12Dogs as human companions: a review of the relationship161
13The welfare of dogs in human care179
14Variation in dog society: between resource dispersion and social flux199
15Population biology and ecology of feral dogs in central Italy217
16From paragon to pariah: some reflections on human attitudes to dogs245
17The hair of the dog257
Index263

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