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

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James Serpell
Cambridge University Press, Dec 8, 2016 - Medical
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.
 

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Contents

Genetic insights into dog domestication
22
Evolution of working dogs
42
Genetics of dog behavior
69
Early experience and the development of behavior
93
Breed and gender differences in dog behavior
118
Dog social behavior and communication
133
Ethology ecology and epidemiology of canine aggression
160
Social cognition and emotions underlying dog behavior
184
Dogs as helping partners and companions for humans
247
The welfare of dogs in human care
271
Crosscultural perspectives
300
Between resource dispersion and social flux
319
A case study
342
Dogs and their connections
369
Dog population management
385
The tail of the dog
406

A discussion of training methods
210
The role of applied animal behavior
227

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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.

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