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

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By any standards, dogs are extraordinary animals. They have been part of human society for longer than any other domestic species. They exist in a greater variety of different shapes and sizes, and they occupy a wider ecological niche, from pampered pets and faithful servants to feral scavengers. Even our attitudes to dogs seem to oscillate between extremes. On the one hand, the dog is man's best friend, on the other, he is the despised and degraded outcast. This unique book seeks to expose the real dog beneath the popular stereotypes. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art account of the domestic dog's natural history and behaviour based on scientific and scholarly evidence rather than hearsay. Anyone with a serious interest in Canis familiaris, its evolution, behaviour, and its place in our society will find The Domestic Dog an indispensable and fascinating resource.

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'... is not just for dog lovers but also for the curious. With enough detailed studies to interest specialists, this book is readable and stimulating. It ranges from the psychology of pets and their owners to the fascinating history of dogs' domestication and diversification as a species.' New Scientist

'... a richly varied, interesting and attractively presented book. This will be an extremely useful reference text for any veterinian, behaviour consultant or research scientist/student interested in companion animal behaviour. Highly recommended.' A. L. Podberscek, The Veterinary Record

'Reading this book increased my knowledge and stimulated my mind.' Emma Magnus, Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors Newsletter

'... both welcome and long overdue ... an admirable and wide-ranging compilation.' Stephen Harris, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'... the best reference work currently available on the topic.' Dennis C. Turner, Animal Welfare

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This unique book provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art account of the domestic dog's natural history and behaviour based on scientific and scholarly evidence rather than hearsay. Anyone with a serious interest in Canis familiaris, its evolution, behaviour, and its place in our society will find The Domestic Dog an indispensable and fascinating resource.

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