A Dog's World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World without Humans (Hardcover)

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Jessica Pierce and Marc Bekoff
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From two of the world’s leading authorities on dogs, an imaginative journey into a future of dogs without people

What would happen to dogs if humans simply disappeared? Would dogs be able to survive on their own without us? A Dog’s World imagines a posthuman future for dogs, revealing how dogs would survive—and possibly even thrive—and explaining how this new and revolutionary perspective can guide how we interact with dogs now.

Drawing on biology, ecology, and the latest findings on the lives and behavior of dogs and their wild relatives, Jessica Pierce and Marc Bekoff—two of today’s most innovative thinkers about dogs—explore who dogs might become without direct human intervention into breeding, arranged playdates at the dog park, regular feedings, and veterinary care. Pierce and Bekoff show how dogs are quick learners who are highly adaptable and opportunistic, and they offer compelling evidence that dogs already do survive on their own—and could do so in a world without us.

Challenging the notion that dogs would be helpless without their human counterparts, A Dog’s World enables us to understand these independent and remarkably intelligent animals on their own terms.

What experts are saying about A Dog's World:
Jessica Pierce and Marc Bekoff are in top form in A Dog’s World as they explore the fate of dogs on a planet from which people have suddenly vanished. The genius of this book lies in the way it reveals how fact-based knowledge can lead to a richer, deeper understanding of the unique talents and abilities of our fellow creatures. This is a perfect read as we attempt to sort out the COVID-19 pandemic’s legacy.
Mark Derr, author of Dog’s Best Friend

We think we know our dogs, but who are they, really? By imagining their world without us, A Dog’s World helps us understand what dogs need―and don’t need―from us to live their happiest, most fulfilling lives. This entertaining and challenging book will enlarge our respect for beloved creatures we too often take for granted.
Sy Montgomery, author of How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

Not only a fascinating flight of imagination into what dogdom might become in a world without people, this book will make you see your own dog in a new and more objective light.
John Bradshaw, author of the New York Times bestseller Dog Sense

Bioethicist Jessica Pierce, Ph.D., is the author of ten books, the most recent of which is Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Possible Life. Her other books include The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the Ends of Their Lives and Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets. Jessica's favorite topics are human-animal relationships and finding practical ways to make our interactions with other animals more compassionate.

The author or editor of thirty books, Marc Bekoff, PhD, is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a former Guggenheim fellow.