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A solidly-referenced excellent synthesis, with an angle of its own,
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This review is from: Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition (Oxford Biology) (Paperback)
This book is a wonderful, up-to-date synthesis, bringing together almost all the newest scientific research on dogs. It covers new theories and experiments on their behaviour in detail (that is the specialism of the authors, who have worked mainly on trying to observe dog behaviour in their natural surroundings rather than in the lab). But then it goes onto to cover cognition and then evolution, also in good, well-balanced detail.
It is written for a general scientifically-minded reader, so you don't need to worry that it will be too inaccessible. I particularly enjoyed the evolutionary sections as that's my special field of interest, but the entire book was full of intriguing references. There are some quite 'popularising' sections where particular experiments will be covered in detail with photos, but the main text is substantial enough that this will hopefully not be too annoying to more specialist readers.
Well worth having if you are at all interested in the scientific study of dogs, for example if you've enjoyed the books of Stanley Coren.