Biology of Dogs: From Gonads Through Guts To Ganglia

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Tour The Dog, Think Like A Biologist 

You may be thinking, How can I take this book seriously when the subtitle starts with the word “gonads”? If so, you have probably not met Tim Lewis yet. Take it from Tim: Gonads are what biology is all about. They are the mechanisms that allow living beings to reproduce – and without reproduction, there’s no life. Of course, there is way more to it than just reproduction. 

Biology of Dogs takes you on a series of tours through all the major biological systems – reproductive, nervous, musculoskeletal, digestive and more. Tim leads these tours in a fun and irreverent manner, offering insights that will enhance your dog-human relationships so much that you will abandon all of your human friends to spend more time with your dog! And for those of you who slept through your biology class in school, you will learn a lot of useful information about human biology as well.  

From the Foreword by Sue Sternberg 

If, like me, you did not approach the world like a scientist, you will experience a transformation after meeting Tim. Tim straddles the world of science and the world of experience, field-experts and lay people—he translates so we can all understand each other. Some of the changes you will experience after reading this book may be subtle, some more powerful, but all will likely affect not only the way you think, see, interact with, and understand your dog, but also how you see the world at large.  Just when you think your relationship with your dog could not possibly get any better, along comes this book. 

Tim Lewis, PHD., is a professor of biology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His research ranges from many species, including wolves, deer, squirrels, turtles and , of course, dogs. He currently cohabitates with two Border Collies and hovers on the edges of the dog agility and canine freestyle worlds with his wife, who competes and teaches in those sports.

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  • 4
    Biology of Dogs

    Posted by Karen on 9th Aug 2022

    Loved the book! Good info, easy and fun to read. Wished there were more illustrations.

  • 5
    Biology of Dogs

    Posted by Gretta on 27th Jul 2022

    Excellent book! Very informative and really fun to read.

  • 5
    Biology of Dogs

    Posted by Elta Woodliff on 5th Apr 2021

    I loved this book and only wish Dr. Lewis had written it back when I was wading through college biology. That said, my only complaint is the cover. While clever, I believe this book deserves a more serious cover. That is my only complaint because this book would benefit every pet owner and trainer who wonders why their dog is throwing up and whether their poop is something they should consult the vet regarding. I only wish someone would write a similar book on humans.

  • 5
    Not what I would have picked up, but I'm glad that I did!

    Posted by Unknown on 2nd Dec 2020

    I wanted to know about the GI system -- period. But I picked up this book and the writing style is so engaging and easy to understand that I've read parts of other chapters too! Good book!

  • 5
    What a great book!

    Posted by Cabber on 18th Nov 2020

    I am not a dog person,but I have really enjoyed reading this book. It is quite informative, but there enough Tim quips in it to keep me going. I have learned a lot of things I didn't know, and it was no great burden to read it. It would make a great gift, too.

  • 5
    Entertaining, educational & must buy for dog owners

    Posted by Patti on 18th Oct 2020

    A must read and fun, entertaining read for all dog owners. Dr. Tim Lewis has an entertaining and educational style of writing captures your attention and teaches you about topics that most would avoid. Every fun, real life analogy is supported by scientific facts. You won't be disappointed and your dog will thank you!