Book Reviews of The Truth about Dogs: An Inquiry into the Ancestry, Social Conventions, Mental Habits, and Moral Fiber of Canis Familiaris

The Truth about Dogs: An Inquiry into the Ancestry, Social Conventions, Mental Habits, and Moral Fiber of Canis Familiaris
The Truth about Dogs An Inquiry into the Ancestry Social Conventions Mental Habits and Moral Fiber of Canis Familiaris
Author: Stephen Budiansky
ISBN-13: 9780141002286
ISBN-10: 014100228X
Publication Date: 10/1/2001
Pages: 272
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4.2 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Penguin
Book Type: Paperback
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I really didn't enjoy this 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 for why Buns peed around Mary - because she's so tall!); what was the most upsetting was that the man didn't actually seem to like dogs very much. Also, the book really discounted the connection between a dog and its owner. And, I must admit, the gene-therapy at the end, I could only skim... it was a little too boring. Oh - and this book made a one paragraph dismissal of Rupert Sheldrake's entire book.
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Very interesting book! This books talks about dog behavior, genes, and evolution to explain how they have come to occupy such a remarkable place in our lives and affection.
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After reading The Character of Cats, another book by the author, I was pleased to find this book at a local used book store. This book does not disappoint. It explains the evolution of dogs and origins of behavior in a way that any pet lover who is not a scientist could understand. The authos does a valuable service by pointing out the differences in ways that dogs , interact with humans versus each other, thus putting to rest the dated but common idea that we should treat dogs as though we are dogs also (alpha rolls, etc.)
The tone of the book is light-hearted but contains some excellent research that will help you understand your dog better.
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The author of books such as 'If a Lion Could Talk' as well as Reconstruction Era histories.
"Trained dogs can easily distinguish dozens of different words of human speech."
A chapter on 'Troubled Dogs, Troubled People.'
References listed chapter by chapter, index.