- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (7 Feb. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075381322X
- ISBN-13: 978-0753813225
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Truth About Dogs: The Ancestry, Social Conventions, Mental Habits and Moral Fibre of Canis familiaris Paperback – 7 Feb 2002
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Prepare to have any illusions about your canine companion totally shattered. In writing The Truth About Dogs, author Stephen Budiansky (The Nature of Horses) is determined to uncover the true nature of our beloved beasts, and it's not always a pretty picture. The introduction presents a basic question: why on earth have we allowed these disease-carrying, biting, destructive and expensive animals into our lives? We know why--it's because we love them, warts and all. So does Budiansky, and once you read past his inflammatory introduction, you will find a book that presents a new way of looking at old behaviours.
His insistence on the recent evolution of separate breeds, even those generally considered to have originated centuries ago like the Mexican hairless, is sure to be controversial. His interpretation of recent behavioural research may raise some hackles as well and begins with an examination of pack behaviour in wolves. While wild packs have only one dominant male and female, we often expect our dogs to behave submissively to an extended family of dominants--not only can that be difficult, but some of their natural "submissive" behaviour can be extremely frustrating. Face licking is an easy example of this poor conduct; Rover thinks he's showing submission, but Grandma's not thrilled with having an 80-pound shepherd jumping on her. In discussions of more general behaviours, Budiansky's examinations of the motivation levels present in different breeds seems to explain much about the success or failure of obedience training. While you may raise your eyebrows and frown through a few of his assertions, this fresh look at old assumptions makes a fascinating read for anyone who's ever loved a dog. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The first scientific look at the world of dogs: why they do what they do, why they are what they are and how they got to be that way in the first place.See all Product Description
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In a book which a scientist may read as a polemic but which never patronises a lay reader, he constantly entertains. Like any good communicator he makes complex scientific theory simple but never simplistic. He does it not to pontificate but to help answer those questions which bug any thoughtful dog lover - Where do dogs come from? Why does my dog wolf his dinner as if he won't eat for another 4 days? What's with the floppy ears? What do I have to do to get him to come? Why do dogs smell each other behinds when they meet? Why are some breeds so doolally?
The strong framework carries a fascinating narrative. Above all, this book is witty. A perfect gift for any dog lover, even those who don't make a habit of reading non-fiction.
I have leant this book to friends and people in the dog club where I train and all of them have really enjoyed it.
If your dog is your 'little princess', you may not appreciate this book!
If, like me, you live with dogs, spending hours of time in their company and sharing your home with them, you will laugh out loud at times, but you will also almost certainly learn some new things about your canine friends, in a positive way.
I thoroughly recommend this book.
This book is in the same league. I have only just read it - having had the privilege of knowing Amber (a Golden Retriever) for 15 years (she died a few months ago) - and I am sure I would have been a better and more understanding owner had I found the book 16 years ago!
Please get this book for ALL your doggy friends - especially for the newer owners.
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Good quality and price, useful for my canine behaviour course.Published 10 months ago by Hayley Amner
A thoroughly interesting book and very helpful in my studies.Published 13 months ago by Christine C Kelly
Bought as recommended reading for a Diploma course, very interesting reading.Published 16 months ago by Frances White
this book was so entertaining. Not only is it full of good information but also very funny. A really good readPublished on 28 Oct. 2013 by Ann
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