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This is the first book to collate and synthesise the recent burgeoning primary research literature on dog behaviour, evolution and cognition. The author presents a new ecological approach to the understanding of dog behaviour, demonstrating how dogs can be the subject of rigorous and productive scientific study without the need to confine them to a laboratory environment.
Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition starts with an overview of the conceptual and methodological issues associated with the study of the dog, followed by a brief description of their role in human society – almost a third of human families share their daily life with the dog! An evolutionary perspective is then introduced with a summary of current research into the process of domestication. The central part of Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition is devoted to issues relating to the cognitive aspects of behaviour which have received particular attention in recent years from both psychologists and ethologists. Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition's final chapters introduce the reader to many novel approaches to dog behaviour, set in the context of behavioural development and genetics.
Directions for future research are highlighted throughout the text which also incorporates links to human and primate research by drawing on homologies and analogies in both evolution and behaviour.
1. Dogs in historical perspective and conceptual issues of studying their behaviour
2. Methodological issues in the behavioural study of the dog
3. Dogs in anthropogenic environments: society and family
4. A comparative approach to Canis
6. The perceptual world of the dog
7. Physical-ecological cognition
8. Social cognition
9. Development of behaviour
10. Temperament and personality
Afterword: Heading toward the 21st century's science
" [...] both honest and representative of current thinking on the origins and importance of canine ethology."
– Claire L. Corridan, Anthrozoös
"Ádám Miklósi's new book [...] will be a landmark contribution to the study of animal behaviour, evolution and cognition."
– Current Biology
"Ádám Miklósi provides one of the first entirely research-based dog behaviour texts: a great achievement and most certainly a timely addition to the literature [...] Dog Behaviour, Evolution and Cognition is a very scholarly work, and an ideal starting point for any new researcher in the field of dog behaviour [...] The book's organization breaks convention and challenges the construct of dog behaviour that I, and no doubt others, have long accepted [...] this book represents an important step in the field of science-led dog research, and is a highly recommended addition to the bookshelf of any scholar of dog behaviour, domestication or animal cognition."
– Nicola Rooney, Animal Behaviour
"This book is distinct in its approach to canine behaviour from a convergent evolutionary viewpoint, thus it is not directly comparable to any other book on canine behavior and fills a unique need in the field of bahavioral science."
– Doody's Notes
"This new book is a testament to the bright future of research on dogs"
– Current Biology
"Miklósi's new book will be a central fixture in all future work on dogs, as it will be the first place that students and experts alike will go to review unfamiliar topics or search for new research ideas"
– Current Biology
"The 'must-reads' at the end of each chapter are a valuable guide to the literature, should the reader want to learn more. What makes this book especially valuable is that Miklósi reviews not only the very recent, but also the less recent literature."
– Trends in Cognitive Science