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List of contributors; 1. Introduction James Serpell; Part I. Origins and Evolution: 2. Origins of the dog: the archaeological evidence Juliet Clutton-Brock; 3. Origins of the dog: genetic insights into dog domestication Bridgett Vonholdt and Carlos Driscoll; 4. Evolution of working dogs Kathryn Lord, Richard Schneider and Raymond Coppinger; Part II. Behavior, Cognition and Training: 5. Genetics of dog behavior Linda van den Berg; 6. Becoming a dog: early experience and the development of behavior James Serpell, Deborah Duffy and Andrew Jagoe; 7. Breed and gender differences in dog behavior Benjamin Hart and Lynette Hart; 8. Dog social behavior and communication John Bradshaw and Nicola Rooney; 9. Ethology, ecology, and epidemiology of canine agression Randall Lockwood; 10. Social cognition and emotions underlying dog behavior Friederike Range and ZsOFIA VIRANYI; 11. The learning dog: a discussion of training methods Ilana Reisner; 12. Dogs in today's society: the role of applied animal behavior Stephen Zawistowski and Pamela Reid; Part III. Dog-Human Interactions: 13. Dogs and helping partners and companions for humans Lynette Hart and Mariko Yamamoto; 14. The welfare of dogs in human care Robert Hubrecht, Stephen Wickens and James Kirkwood; 15. From paragon to pariah: cross-cultural perspectives on attitudes to dogs James Serpell; Part IV. Life on the Margins: 16. Variation in dog society: between resource dispersion and social flux David Macdonald and Geoffrey Carr; 17. The ecology and behavior of feral dogs: a case study from central Italy Luigi Boitani, Francesco Francisci, Paolo Cuicci and Giorgio Andreoli; 18. Roaming free in the rural idyll: dogs and their connections with wildlife Joelene Hughes, David Macdonald and Luigi Boitani; 19. Dog population management Elly Hiby and Lex Hiby; 20. Epilogue: the tail of the dog James Serpell; Index.

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Second edition of a classic text on canine science and behavior, incorporating two decades of new evidence and discoveries.

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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.


'The first edition of this book, published more than 20 years ago, broke new ground. It was the prelude to an explosion of research in the field of domestic dog behaviour, which has seen the subject move from largely the fringes of academia to a central position that provides a unique opportunity to explore some fundamental biological questions. This completely revised edition, continues in the tradition of the original text by selecting world leading experts to provide current insights into a range of important topics while also making the reader excited for the research which must follow to address the unanswered questions. I therefore have no doubt, that this edition, like the last, will inspire a whole new generation of canine scientists from across the academic disciplines.' Daniel Mills, University of Lincoln
'The Domestic Dog should be in the library of all of those who study, live with, or are curious about dogs, their genetics and their behavior.' Alexandra Horowitz, Barnard College, New York
'An outstanding and comprehensive collection of original and up-to-date essays to which everyone around the world who is interested in dogs should have easy access. It is inarguably the go-to reference on dogs. There also is a lot of very useful comparative information on wild canids that will help come to a greater appreciation and understanding of just who dogs are and why they do the things they do. And, the references are a gold mine of information. While we know a lot about these amazing beings, there still is much more to learn ...I hope all dog trainers/teachers will carefully study this book because the ideas and data that are discussed are essential ingredients for teaching dogs to live harmoniously with other dogs, with other animals, and with us, a win-win for all. Now, it's time for yet another read.' Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado
'The first edition of this book back in 1995 took a lead in sparking modern research in dogs. Now, more than twenty years later, the present edition rightly harvests the huge scientific knowledge that has been established by researchers all over the world ... This book is a collection of chapters contributed by excellent experts on dog research. While behaviour remains the main focus of most chapters, the reader is also informed, amongst other things, about our actual understanding of dog domestication, the ecological perspectives of feral dogs and changing views in dog training. I warmly recommend this book to readers who want to be updated on this rapidly advancing field of canine science, and prefer first-hand knowledge from dedicated scientists.' Adam Miklosi, Eoetvoes Lorand University, Hungary

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