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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for cat lovers, or ..., 9 April 2011
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This review is from: The APBC Book of Companion Animal Behaviour (Paperback)
... for pernickety readers.

Here's another 'pet behaviour' book (see my review of 'The Domestic Cat: the Biology of its Behaviour') whose contents are not what it says on the tin. A better title for this book would be, 'Some Problems of Companion Animal Behaviour (Mainly Dogs)'. With just one chapter on cats, one chapter on rabbits, three-quarters of the chapters on dogs, and all the general chapters taking their main examples as dogs, to publicise this book as a book on pets generally is just plain dishonest.

One cannot expect animal behaviour counsellors necessarily to be good writers. Fair enough. Unfortunately neither are they necessarily good editors. Too often people call themselves editors when they are merely assemblers. They do not edit. And this editor is culpable. Because there are several authors, the writing standard is very patchy. Whole chapters are OK. But the editor should have dared (known?) to take a heavy pen to some others: commas where they shouldn't be, interrupting the flow of reading; no commas where there should have been some to make long sentences more comprehensive without having to re-read; missing words, mistypes, misspells, (e.g. 'loose' for 'lose' twice - poor checking or ignorance?). And perhaps most blatant, in one chapter, a reference to an Animal Welfare Bill whose future is unknown at the time of writing, and then in the next a reference to an Animal Welfare Act which has been passed. That's just plain laziness, a reflection I suppose of the fact that there was a 2004 edition before this 2010 one.

If there is a third edition, I do hope that the title will be changed and that the APBC will pay for an edit by someone competent in the field.
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