A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution

Book - 2001
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Marking the first time that dogs have been explained in such detail by eminent researchers, Dogs is a work of wide appeal, as absorbing as it is enlightening.

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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2001.
ISBN: 9780684855301
Characteristics: 352 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Coppinger, Lorna


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Aug 11, 2020

Raymond Coppinger is a biologist dedicated to the study of dogs. He and wife Lorna are experts in canine ethology, which is standing the origin of man's best friend on its head. Long believed early man domesticated wolves for companionship, Coppinger argues the opposite. Canines, he proposes, weren't domesticated by man, but rather, they domesticated themselves to make it easier to obtain food by way of receiving scraps and handouts. It's a revolutionary theory, but not one without a solid basis.

Nov 18, 2010

Dogs! :)


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Aug 11, 2020

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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Aug 11, 2020

[Coppinger] proposes dogs were not first domesticated by man; rather, they self-domesticated in order to stand a better chance at garnering food scraps.


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