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9 May 2002 Routledge Classics
In this wonderful book, the famous scientist and best-selling author, Konrad Lorenz, 'the man who talked with animals', enlightens and entertains us with his illustrated account of the unique relationship between humans and their pets. Displaying Lorenz's customary humanity and expert knowledge of animals, Man Meets Dog is also a deeply personal and entertaining account of his relationships with his own four-legged friends. With charming sketches on almost every page, Man Meets Dog offers a delightful insight into animal and human thinking and feeling. An essential companion for all lovers of dogs (and cats!).

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (9 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415267455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415267458
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.7 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A book that is provocative and informative, and profoundly civilizing.' – The New York Times

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Konrad Lorenz (1903-89). Pioneering and world-renowned scientist of animal behaviour. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Psychology in 1973.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic book for serious dog behaviourist 12 Sep 2003
Konrad Lorenz was a pioneer of ethology (the science of animal behaviour) in Europe, over fifty years ago. He not only studied animal behaviour scientifically, but also valued animals as companions in his home. "Man meets Dog" is a readable account of the origins of the domestic dog and how these affect the relationship of dogs with people, using anecdotes of Lorenz's own dogs to illustrate his points. It is not a dog training book.
This book broke new ground when it was first published. Some of the scientific theories Lorenz describes have since been superceded or disproved, and so anyone reading this book for the first time should be aware that knowledge has moved on since his day. (For example, he discusses at length the character differences between breeds descended from jackals and those descended from wolves, while more recent thought suggests that there is no such distinction.)
However, anyone who's seriously interested in studying dog behaviour really should read this book, because so many other experts in the field based their work on that of Lorenz. Even now, it's an interesting book to read, and Lorenz's love for dogs shines through his writing. I would not, however, suggest anyone get this as their sole dog book; it should be read in conjunction with other books on the subject, and it won't really help you deal with problem behaviour in your own dog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Insight into Doggy Minds 8 Sep 2004
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Found this one hard to put down - got it for my teenage daughter. She loved it too. Intelligent and truly enlightening book - a must for all prospective dog (and other animal) carers. Lorenz was close to a real life Dr Doolittle. Read this book now.
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Wonderfully evocative and beautifully illustrated by the author, its a book to re-read regularly for inspiration. Lorenz describes the physical and psychological behaviour of several generations of his dogs, yet leaves the reader with the over-riding impression that 'just hanging out' with your dog is enjoyable and therapeutic. His insights are clear and paint a picture.

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