A Natural HistoryBook - 2007
Draws on recent scientific discoveries to document new understanding about the important historical contributions of dogs, covering such topics as the domestication of canines, the differences between wild and companion dogs, and the intricacies of the canine mind. 20,000 first printing.
Dog lovers do not need to be reminded that dogs are astonishing creatures, but recent research shows that they are even more amazing than anyone knew.Dogs draws on the last several decades of studies, examining everything from a dog's eyesight to its culinary preferences and sense of humor. Jake Page looks at dogs' wild brothers, the wolves, and their closer cousins, the wild or pariah dogs; explains the newest theory of how dogs were domesticated; describes a dog's development from puppyhood on; and finally ponders a dog's emotional life and intelligence.
While not a practical book on dog training, Dogs will give readers a better sense of why their pets behave as they do. And as an added bonus, Jake Page's own pack of six dogs makes multiple cameo appearances.
Engaging and informative, Dogs will make readers see man's best friend quite differently.
They became features of the hearth back when humans drew their images on cave walls, but whether we "domesticated" them or they "dogesticated" us is open to debate. Along with a very good survey of classic and recent research on dog confirmation and behavior, journalist, science writer and mystery fiction author Page gives details about he has learned through his years as an enthusiast from the dogs around him, including his own pack of six. He traces first encounters and eventual negotiations in co-existence, the good and bad of controlled breeding, dogs' behaviors across the life span, their sensory abilities and means of communication, and their psychology. He offers some solid dog training ideas based on his research, rankings of breeds, charts of health problems by breed and a survey of the wild dogs that decided long ago the hearth was not for them. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Draws on recent scientific discoveries to document new understandings about the historical contributions of dogs, covering such topics as the domestication of canines, the differences between wild and companion dogs, and the intricacies of the canine mind.