Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition

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This is the first book to collate and synthesize the recent burgeoning primary research literature on dog behaviour, evolution, and cognition. The author presents a new ecological approach to the understanding of dog behaviour, demonstrating how dogs can be the subject of rigorous and productive scientific study without the need to confine them to a laboratory environment. Dog Behaviour, Evolution and Cognition starts with an overview of the conceptual and methodological issues associated with the study of the dog, followed by a brief description of their role in human society-almost a third of human families share their daily life with the dog! An evolutionary perspective is then introduced with a summary of current research into the process of domestication. The central part of the book is devoted to issues relating to the cognitive aspects of behaviour which have received particular attention in recent years from both psychologists and ethologists. The book's final chapters introduce the reader to many novel approaches to dog behaviour, set in the context of behavioural development and genetics. Directions for future research are highlighted throughout the text which also incorporates links to human and primate research by drawing on homologies and analogies in both evolution and behaviour. The book will therefore be of relevance and use to anyone with an interest in behavioural ecology including graduate students of animal behaviour and cognition, as well as a more general audience of dog enthusiasts, biologists, psychologists and sociologists.
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Ã?dám Miklósi is a Reader in Biology and the Head of the Department of Ethology at the Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary. He was awarded a Doctor of Science by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2005 and has more the 40 refereed publications on dog behaviour to his name.

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OUP Oxford
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Dec 4, 2008
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9780191580130
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English
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Genres
Pets / Dogs / Training
Pets / General
Psychology / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
Science / Life Sciences / Evolution
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / General
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / Primatology
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