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  • 75 b/w illus. 45 tables
  • Page extent: 284 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 0.622 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 599.74/442
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: SF433 .D66 1995
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Dogs--Behavior
    • Dogs
    • Human-animal relationships
    • Material culture

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521425377 | ISBN-10: 0521425379)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published January 1996

Replaced by 9781107699342

$64.99 (P)

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.


1. Introduction James Serpell; Part I. Domestication and Evolution: 2. Origins of the dog: domestication and early history Juliet Clutton-Brock; 3. Evolution of working dogs Raymond Coppinger, and Richard Schneider; Part II. Behaviour and Behaviour Problems: 4. Genetic aspects of dog behaviour with particular reference to working ability M. B. Willis; 5. Analysing breed and gender differences in behaviour Benjamin L. Hart; 6. Early experience and the development of behaviour James Serpell, and J. A. Jagoe; 7. Feeding behaviour of domestic dogs and the role of experience Chris Thorne; 8. Social and communication behaviour of companion dogs John W. S. Bradshaw, and Helen M. R. Nott; 9. The ethology and epidemiology of canine aggression Randall Lockwood; 10. Canine behavioural therapy Roger A. Mugford; 11. Effects of owner personality and attitudes on dog behaviour Valerie O'Farrell; Part III. Human-Dog Interactions: 12. Dogs as human companions: a review of the relationshipLynette A. Hart; 13. The welfare of dogs in human care Robert Hubrecht; 14. Variation in dog society: between resource dispersion and social flux? D. W. Macdonald, and G. M. Carr; 15. Population biology and ecology of feral dogs in central Italy L. Boitani, F. Francisci, P. Ciucci, and G. Andreoli; 16. From paragon to pariah: some reflections on human attitudes to dogs James Serpell; 17. The hair of the dog James Serpell; Index.


"The technical quality of the data is high, the chapters well-written, and the book is well-organized. This title is a welcome addition to the scientific literature describing the behavior of dogs and dog-human interactions." Science Books and Films


James Serpell, Juliet Clutton-Brock, Raymond Coppinger, Richard Schneider, M. B. Willis, Benjamin L. Hart, J. A. Jagoe, Chris Thorne, John W. S. Bradshaw, Helen M. R. Nott, Randall Lockwood, Roger A. Mugford, Valerie O'Farrell, Lynette A. Hart, Robert Hubrecht, D. W. Macdonald, G. M. Carr, L. Boitani, F. Francisci, P. Ciucci, G. Andreoli

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