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  • Series: Oxford Biology
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (February 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199545669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199545667
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...an important contribution and a must read for every researcher and student interested in ethology in general, and dog ethology in particular." --Trends in Cognitive Sciences


About the Author


Ádám 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.

He has also authored the hardback edition of Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition.

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The book is remarkably comprehensive, and up to date.
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If you want to read about the current research on dogs and wolves in nearly all areas of research, buy this book.
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She buys so many books already for class, I felt this book was a "fun" read for her.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Atlanta User on September 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Excellent. Wonderful. Refreshing. Yes, I can understand how it could be described as a bit dry, but the book covers a lot of ground. Dryness versus cute stories? I think the approach taken by the author was refreshing. This was no 'I am the best trainer and do as I do' book. The book covers scientific literature on dogs and wolves. The book explains some of those studies often footnoted and referenced. The book describes area for future research. If you want to read about the current research on dogs and wolves in nearly all areas of research, buy this book. If you want to read an author's opinion and conjecture on cute doggie behavior, this is not the book for you.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By James Webster on January 18, 2009
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Miklosi sees the big picture and recognizes that what we think we know about dog behavior is flawed and more research needs to be done. Scott- Fuller needs to be expanded upon and Pavlov needs to be looked at. Wolf behavior based training philosophy is flawed because of the way previous research was done. What is called babymorphism training philosophy needs more experiments. Miklosi calls "to develop behavioral models based on a different approach" Until this is done dog owners are on their own to devise their own ways to train and use dogs. That includes everything from using dogs as human food, in some cultures, to using dogs as child substitutes in other cultures.

The book is a wake up call to scientists around the world to accept the dog as a valid scientific research tool on behavior not as a animal behaviorally corrupted through domestication and living with humans. Living with humans dogs have found their niche.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Book Maven on October 16, 2009
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Dog Behaviour, Evolution and Cognition is an outstanding achievement. It is primarily focused on the more recent cognitive work coming out of Hungary. The book makes an excellent compliment with Helton's Canine Ergonomics: The Science of Working Dogs. Together they'll give you immense insight into the minds of dogs. Both are scientifically rigorous, unlike many of the popular books written about the minds of dogs. No lore and legend, but real factual information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Jones on May 3, 2013
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I like this book and it is very interesting and, in the main, well written. Sometimes the English expression is a little strained but for a book of this type that is nothing exceptional.

I took at least one star off for the clumsiness of the Kindle edition which is anything but cheap. The diagrams are generally indecipherable on the Kindle and there are some frustrating broken page links where you end up in anew chapter and have to go pack and find your place.

Other than that though, the book is a fascinating look at the latest research into dog behaviour from a ethological point of view.

I recommend it for all do lovers and trainers etc. A welcome departure from the mainly Skinnerist Pavlov's dog slant of nearly all the other books I've looked at.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By biv on October 1, 2013
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My wife is into Dogs, so much that she is in an PhD program for Animal Behavior. I got this book for her as a Christmas gift. She buys so many books already for class, I felt this book was a "fun" read for her. She has told me she enjoys this book and it contains a lot of good knowledge that other books don't necessarily have. The book is well made for a paperback.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Experience on October 18, 2009
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The book is remarkably comprehensive, and up to date. For all humans interested in understanding the potential capabilities of their canine companions it is highly recommended. We've reviewed it sentnce by sentence and believe it is one of the best, if not indeed the very best currently available. Buy it and you can learn much new information!
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