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The APBC Book of Companion Animal Behaviour Paperback – 1 Sep 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; 2nd edition (1 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285638874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285638877
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 747,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brings together many well-known experts… It should be essential reading for anyone involved in animal behaviour counselling, breeding, welfare or veterinary practice, with valuable insights for all pet owners. --Veterinary Nursing

Written in a readable style… material of interest for a wide audience, such as veterinary students, veterinary nurses and surgeons, animal trainers and counsellors, and owners. --Veterinary Times

Are you serious about understanding what makes your dog tick? If so, The APBC Book of Companion Animal Behaviour will help you get to grips with all areas of the subject. --'Your Dog'

About the Author

David Appleby has been a pet behaviour counsellor for nearly thirty years. Previously he was the visiting clinical animal behaviourist at the Queen s Veterinary School, Cambridge, now living in Finland; he shares the same position at Helsinki Veterinary School. The many other contributors include bestselling writers and respected behaviour counsellors with in-depth knowledge and a wealth of experience.

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... 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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This book is extremely interesting and should be essential reading for anyone who is interested in animal welfare, whether that is a general interest or that they work with animals, or keep them as pets.
Anyone who appreciates animals will learn a lot by reading this book, and the animals they care for will benefit hugely.
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Currently in my final year of my animal science degree. This book has helped with many assignments as it covers dogs,, cats, rabbits and other small furries!
Very well worded book, not too difficult to understand.
Well worth the money
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