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.
The ultimate book about the domestic dog, ideal for anyone interested in their evolution, behavior and ever-changing roles in society
A new edition of a classic text, presenting the latest research on dog behavior, training, domestication, genetics and cognition
Includes seven entirely new chapters by leading experts in the field, incorporating two decades of new evidence and discoveries
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.