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In Defence of Dogs

Why Dogs Need Our Understanding

John Bradshaw

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Description

A dog is not for Christmas. This is.

John Bradshaw, one of the world's leading dog experts, brings us a compelling insight into what dogs would ask us for, if only they knew how.

The dog has been mankind's faithful companion for tens of thousands of years, yet today finds itself in crisis throughout the western world. Until just over a hundred years ago, most dogs worked for their living, and each of the many breeds had become well suited, over countless generations, to the task for which they were bred. Now, in their purely domestic roles we fail to understand their needs. And it is time that someone stood up for dogdom: not the caricature of the wolf in a dog suit, ready to dominate its unsuspecting owner at the first sign of weakness, not the trophy animal that collects rosettes and kudos for its breeder, but the real dog, the pet that just wants to be one of the family and enjoy life.

Biologists now know far more about what really makes dogs tick than they did twenty years ago, but this new understanding has been slow to percolate through to owners, and has not yet made enough of a difference to the lives of the dogs themselves. This book is here to set the record straight.

Customer Reviews

Superficially Interesting But Didn't Answer My Questions

I was hoping this would go into much more detail about why your dog does what he/she does and answer all the mysteries of dog ownership. Why for example does your dog hide behind the sofa when it's time for bed? No such luck. This is very much a history of where dogs come from, how they have evolved into the four legged friends we love today. It does however make some very salient points about the state of dog breeding today, and how in our quest for the perfect Supreme Champion we have caused harm to our best friend. Worth reading, but heavy going in places.

In Defence of Dogs
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  • £6.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Science & Nature
  • Published: 11 July 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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