A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and EvolutionBook - 2001
Drawing on insight gleaned from forty-five years of raising, training, and studying the behaviors of dogs worldwide, Lorna and Raymond Coppinger explore the fascinating processes by which dog breeds have evolved into their unique shapes and behaviors. Concentrating on five types of dogs--modern household dogs, village dogs, livestock-guarding dogs, sled dogs, and herding dogs--the Coppingers, internationally recognized canine ethologists and consummate dog lovers, examine our canine companions from a unique biological viewpoint. Dogs clearly points the way for dog lovers, dog therapists, veterinarians, and all others who deal with dogs to understand their animals from a fresh perspective.
How did the domestic dog become a distinct species from the wolf? Why do different breeds behave differently? Most important, how can we improve the relationship between humans and dogs?
The authors show how dogs' different abilities depend upon the confluence of their nature and nurture--that both genetics and the environment play equally key roles. They also reveal that many people inadvertently harm their canine companions because they fail to understand dogs' biological needs and dispositions.
Dogs is a highly readable biological approach by noted researchers that provides a wealth of new information about the interaction of nature and nurture, and demonstrates how unique dog behavior is in the animal world.
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Raymond Coppinger shares a new theory of the origins of man's BFF in DOGS: A STARTLING NEW UNDERSTANDING OF CANINE ORIGIN, BEHAVIOR, AND EVOLUTION (Scribner, $18.00). A biologist and canine ethologist by trade, he proposes dogs were not first domesticated by man; rather, they self-domesticated in order to stand a better chance at garnering food scraps. According to Coppinger, there is only a thirteen day window in which wolves can be domesticated as pups. Once they've reached the magic age of thirteen days, they're feral beyond redemption. He reasons that because primitive man didn't have this knowledge, they couldn't have domesticated wolves. Apparently, dumb luck doesn't factor into Coppinger's model of early man.
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