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

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The Domestic Dog

Why do dogs behave in the ways that they do? Why did our ancestors tame...

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By: James Serpell (Editor)

268 pages, 20 b/w photos, 55 line illus, 45 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Sep 1995 | Edition: 1 | #47164 | ISBN: 0521425379
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Hardback | Sep 1995 | Edition: 1 | #47165 | ISBN: 0521415292
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Comprehensive account of the domestic dog's natural history and behaviour based on scientific and scholarly evidence.

'... 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 'I have read the book with great pleasure. For experts it offers a summary of the current state of research, for non-experts it offers comprehensible, attractive and very useful information. A pleasure to read, a very attractive book, with brilliant illustrations. Highly recommended!' Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers, ISAZ The Newsletter '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


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.

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James Serpell is the Marie A. Moore Professor of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Center for the Interaction of Animals & Society. He received his bachelor's degree in Zoology from University College London (UK) in 1974, and his PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of Liverpool (UK) in 1980. He moved to his current position at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. Dr. Serpell is the current President of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ). He serves on the editorial boards of most of the major journals on animal welfare, applied animal behavior, and human-animal interactions. His research focuses on the behavior and welfare of companion animals, the development of human attitudes to animals, and the history of human-animal relationships. In addition to publishing more than 70 journal articles and book chapters on these and related topics, he is the author, editor, or co-editor of several books including Animals & Human Society: Changing Perspectives (1994), The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior & Interactions with People (1995), In the Company of Animals (1996), and Companion Animals & Us (2000).

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