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His insistence on the recent evolution of separate breeds, even those generally considered to have originated centuries ago like the Mexican hairless, is sure to be controversial. His interpretation of recent behavioral research may raise some hackles as well, and begins with an examination of pack behavior in wolves. While wild packs have only one dominant male and female, we often expect our dogs to behave submissively to an extended family of dominants--not only can that be difficult, but some of their natural "submissive" behavior can be extremely frustrating. Face-licking is an easy example of this poor conduct; Rover thinks he's showing submission, but Grandma's not thrilled with having an 80-pound shepherd jumping on her. In discussions of more general behaviors, Budiansky's examinations of the motivation levels present in different breeds seems to explain much about the success or failure of obedience training. While you may raise your eyebrows and frown through a few of his assertions, this fresh look at old assumptions makes a fascinating read for anyone who's ever loved a dog. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
And, I must admit, the gene-therapy at the end, I could only skim... it was a little too boring.
For instance, when a dog licks your face, it isn't out of love, but instead a show of submissiveness towards someone the dog perceives as a more dominant pack member.
Not only is it a great read--funny and well written--but it is packed with well documented information.
The Truth about Dogs: An Inquiry into Ancestry Social Conventions Mental Habits Moral Fiber Canis famiExcellent book, good ideas. Good for information for the dog behaviour course. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Suem
This is a very good book although he breezes over some things like loyalty and pooh-poohs them with little evidence. Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by J. Baker
This book through marketplace was listed in excellent condition and also was listed as new. It was in fine shape but the description misrepresented the product and as a result I... Read morePublished on December 6, 2009 by A. Betts
As so many of the other reviewers have said, this book is boring. As if that weren't bad enough, it's also packed full of contradictions and some seemingly made up "scientific... Read morePublished on September 20, 2009 by Schutz
I really didn't enjoy this book at all. Which is a surprise, since I adore to read about dogs. But this book didn't offer any new information (other than offering an explanation... Read morePublished on January 22, 2009 by Yolanda S. Bean
Anyone who loves dogs needs to read this book. Not only is it a great read--funny and well written--but it is packed with well documented information. Read morePublished on February 11, 2008 by GingerT63
Mr. Budiansky claims to be a dog lover, however blaims "canine aggresion" on loving and kind owners. Read morePublished on November 3, 2007 by Cary Riker
I thought this book was very shallow, though somewhat entertaining. Budiansky summarizes the gist of a lot of research on dogs, but you might as well go to the source--it will be a... Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by Anonymous
Although I love dogs, I read this book because I have been informally studying animal cognition and it was cited in another book. Read morePublished on July 14, 2006 by H. Hedrick