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

By: James Serpell(Editor)

426 pages, illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 2016 | Edition: 2 | #208935 | ISBN-13: 9781107699342
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Why do dogs behave in the ways that they do? Why did our ancestors tame wolves? How have we ended up with so many breeds of dog, and how can we understand their role in contemporary human society? Explore the answers to these questions and many more in this study of the domestic dog. Building on the strengths of the first edition, this much-anticipated update incorporates two decades of new evidence and discoveries on dog evolution, behavior, training, and human interaction. It includes seven entirely new chapters covering topics such as behavioral modification and training, dog population management, the molecular evidence for dog domestication, canine behavioral genetics, cognition, and the impact of free-roaming dogs on wildlife conservation. It is an ideal volume for anyone interested in dogs and their evolution, behavior and ever-changing roles in society.

"[...] So how does this new edition compare to the original? I have to say that the new version is a brilliant update. While retaining the character of the original, it has been expanded with the addition of 7 new chapters, while authors retained from the original, who are 20 years more eminent than they were, have been diligent in updating, especially when acknowledging that ideas and interpretations have changed [...] A superb update of a classic book."
– Alan Crowden, BES Bulletin 48(1), April 2017

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List of contributors
1. Introduction James Serpell

Part I. Origins and Evolution:
2. Origins of the dog: the archaeological evidence Juliet Clutton-Brock
3. Origins of the dog: genetic insights into dog domestication Bridgett Vonholdt and Carlos Driscoll
4. Evolution of working dogs Kathryn Lord, Richard Schneider and Raymond Coppinger

Part II. Behavior, Cognition and Training:
5. Genetics of dog behavior Linda van den Berg
6. Becoming a dog: early experience and the development of behavior James Serpell, Deborah Duffy and Andrew Jagoe
7. Breed and gender differences in dog behavior Benjamin Hart and Lynette Hart
8. Dog social behavior and communication John Bradshaw and Nicola Rooney
9. Ethology, ecology, and epidemiology of canine agression Randall Lockwood
10. Social cognition and emotions underlying dog behavior Friederike Range and ZsÓFIA VIRÁNYI
11. The learning dog: a discussion of training methods Ilana Reisner
12. Dogs in today's society: the role of applied animal behavior Stephen Zawistowski and Pamela Reid

Part III. Dog-Human Interactions:
13. Dogs and helping partners and companions for humans Lynette Hart and Mariko Yamamoto
14. The welfare of dogs in human care Robert Hubrecht, Stephen Wickens and James Kirkwood
15. From paragon to pariah: cross-cultural perspectives on attitudes to dogs James Serpell

Part IV. Life on the Margins:
16. Variation in dog society: between resource dispersion and social flux David Macdonald and Geoffrey Carr
17. The ecology and behavior of feral dogs: a case study from central Italy Luigi Boitani, Francesco Francisci, Paolo Cuicci and Giorgio Andreoli
18. Roaming free in the rural idyll: dogs and their connections with wildlife Joelene Hughes, David Macdonald and Luigi Boitani
19. Dog population management Elly Hiby and Lex Hiby
20. Epilogue: the tail of the dog James Serpell


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James Serpell is Professor of Animal Ethics and Welfare at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the behavior and welfare of companion animals, the development of human attitudes to animals, and the history and impact of human-animal relationships.

- James Serpell
- Juliet Clutton-Brock
- Bridgett Vonholdt
- Carlos Driscoll
- Kathryn Lord
- Richard Schneider
- Raymond Coppinger
- Linda van den Berg
- Deborah Duffy
- Andrew Jagoe
- Benjamin Hart
- Lynette Hart
- John Bradshaw
- Nicola Rooney
- Randall Lockwood
- Friederike Range
- Zsófia Virányi
- Ilana Reisner
- Stephen Zawistowski
- Pamela Reid
- Mariko Yamamoto
- Robert Hubrecht
- Stephen Wickens
- James Kirkwood
- David Macdonald
- Geoffrey Carr
- Luigi Boitani
- Francesco Francisci
- Paolo Ciucci
- Georgio Andreoli
- Joelene Hughes
- Elly Hiby
- Lex Hiby

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