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Man Meets Dog (Routledge Classics) Paperback – May 9, 2002
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Lorenz not only enjoys writing but does so from both a practical and deeply knowledgeable orientation. In this book he describes the many remarkable experiences he had with his dogs and also gives plenty of practical adice: such as when to buy a dog, what sort of dog to buy, dogs and children, canine personalities etc etc. As with his other book "King Solomons Ring" the book is full of his wonderful little drawings which are most expressive of each character trait of his dogs and cats.
The book is simply invaluable as a guide to sharing your life with your very own devoted friend, whether it be a jackal or lupus dog. there is much that was unknown to me such as the previous distinction between dog types or the fact that a dog's eyesight is poor and that dogs are capable of lying, astonishing.
The book is worth every penny and then some.
Imagine my astonishment when I dug up a favourite old bone in a listless search on Amazon, Konrad Lorenz's `Man Meets Dog'. When I was twelve, this was already a buried relic from the 50s, which survived in my father's eclectic library. It articulated all my instincts about dogs and made a whole lot of new ideas sit up.
The impact of this warm, academic piece, read four decades ago, was such that I could, on reading it again, remember every detail.
Konrad Lorenz imagines, very creatively, how the dog was first domesticated and how ancient instincts form its (and the cat's) psychic, how this establishes their relationship with man and tells us a thing or two about what man's relationship should be with his dog and cat. Using personal anecdotes to denote scientific research, he leaves one unaware that you are accumulating knowledge, and the humanized and humorous drawings help along this illusion.
There are lots of modern animal behaviourists whispering about this very subject, but I have never noticed any acknowledgement for this charming pioneer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Psychology in 1973 and who achieves `that miraculous state which is the highest goal of oriental sages' by venturing into nature with his dog and turning the expression `going to the dogs' into a spiritual experience.
This is one bone I'm never sharing again, so find your own.
A cursory look at my copy (Penguin Books reprint 1988) shows two "beatings":
p22:". . .a dingo . . .his manner changed entirely when he was about one and a half years olf: he still accepted every form of punishment, even a beating, without resistance, but, as soon as the business was over, he shook himself, gave a friendly wag of his tail and ran off, inviting me to chase him."
p. 100: ". . .Read more ›
While his many tales are very insightful, they are not necessarily indications of general behavior. And though the book is a wealth of information, some information is clarified or discredited by more recent research (see Desmond Morris' DOGWATCHING and Stephen Budiansky's THE TRUTH ABOUT DOGS). His jackal/wolf theory about dog evolution, in particular, is invalid. He gives some valuable information about dog ownership, though this book is not a complete guide to owning a dog.
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Very accessible introduction to animal behavior by one of the founders of the field. Lorenz's love, respect, and admiration of dogs comes through on every page. Read morePublished 1 month ago by michael
I was planning to buy this book until I learned that its author was a member of the Nazi party during WWII. Read morePublished 15 months ago by WAReviewer
It is very well translated from German to English. Konrad Loprenz should be more published in the US including television informations about his work.Published 19 months ago by Ruth R.
Konrad Lorenz was a highly respected scientist, and an originator of the field of ethology. So, one can relax and enjoy the stories he tells of the dogs he owned and loved over... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Karen Hay Kenah
This is the most academic of dog books, but really more a journal in no particular order. I'm uncomfortable with a guy who want to breed his bitches with wolves, jackals, dingos . Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by J. Rodeck
Fun book full of practical and relevant history and information about most of our domestic pets and living with them. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Eric Oxelson