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Why do dogs behave in the ways that they do? Why did our ancestors tame wolves? How have we ended up with so many breeds of dog, and how can we understand their role in contemporary human society? Explore the answers to these questions and many more in this study of the domestic dog. Building on the strengths of the first edition, this much-anticipated update incorporates two decades of new evidence and discoveries on dog evolution, behavior, training, and human interaction. It includes seven entirely new chapters covering topics such as behavioral modification and training, dog population management, the molecular evidence for dog domestication, canine behavioral genetics, cognition, and the impact of free-roaming dogs on wildlife conservation. It is an ideal volume for anyone interested in dogs and their evolution, behavior and ever-changing roles in society.
The Border Collie is an extremely versatile breed, faithful enough to be a loyal friend, honest enough to be a hard worker, and intelligent enough to be an asset in rescue and other services. This comprehensive, illustrated book gives essential advice on how to become the pack leader by understanding and interpreting the body language of man's best friend. Topics include choosing your Border Collie, taking your puppy home, common sense dog training, nutrition, creating a partnership, and adolescent and older dogs.
How do you find great pub food, places for your kids to play, somewhere nice to walk your dog, and park a campervan, all within 5 miles of a motorway exit?With Collie Jem, Lezli and David Rees have trekked over a thousand miles creating walks and tracking down traditional inns for drivers, families, and dogs to enjoy on their journey. Anyone who drives on the motorways of England, Scotland and Wales will benefit from this guide to walks within 5 miles of motorway exits. All of the UK is covered, from Exeter to Perth and Swansea to Canterbury. Use this book to get more fun for your fuel, see more of the countryside, take a healthy break, or enjoy a relaxing pub lunch. Each page features a 30 to 45 minute walk, with a selected pub or cafe along the way. Activities for children are included, from bouncy castles to nature trails. All of the walks are suitable for dogs, and those with assistance dogs will find details of accessible paths and disabled facilities. The listed pubs - most of which are traditional inns, serving high quality food at realistic prices - all welcome well-behaved canines. If you want more than mileage from your petrol, this is the book for you!
A heart-warming story for children, this is a tale of friendship, bravery and kindness. Lily, a Golden Retriever, finds toy Doggie lost and alone under a hedge. Trying to find Doggie's owner, Lily's human mummy, Anne, ties Doggie to a lamppost where, she hopes, his owner will see him. But Doggie waits unclaimed for days. He is even bullied on the lamppost. He finds some of the nighttime animals who visit him on the lamppost frightening, until they begin to help him feel loved. After Anne takes him off the lamppost and into her home with Lily and and her mum, Pilot, he has such amazing adventures that he finds himself the star attraction at school when he joins Lily for her Pets As Therapy Read2Dogs assignments. For his compassionate part in helping animals have lives that matter, he quickly becomes a media celebrity, and is even rewarded by royalty at Buckingham Palace. Many characters and events in Doggie's story are real, as the photos show. Charming, original illustrations by the author seamlessly blend reality and fantasy. Doggie's story, with Lily, Pilot and Anne, shows the value of love and friendship.
Why does your dog get so possessive over the sofa, or so excited when someone calls at the front door? And why does he bark at bicycles and growl at men in hats? This book will help you solve the riddles of your dogs behaviour and put your own into context
Find out what your dog is thinking with this easy-to-use reference book. Understand how dogs react to human contact. Strengthen the bond with your dog by interpreting its stresses and fears. Dog Body Language looks at the most common canine behaviours in and around the home, both with other dogs and with their owners. Using the psychology of dog behaviour, it explains how a dog is likely to react in a variety of situations, such as while on a walk, when greeting a stranger and before or after a fight. All of the most common behavioural traits of dogs are examined in detail, from rolling over onto their backs and wagging their tails to playing with toys and burying bones in the backyard. A whole section devoted to puppyhood is also included, providing insight into the early phases of a dog's life and its social upbringing. Dog Body Language is an easy-to-use reference guide that enables dog owners to read the signals their pets are giving through their body language. Dogs are often regarded as being part of the family, and this book will help owners understand more about their loyal companions.
Twenty-five years of study and experience went into the making of
this one-of-a-kind reference. Veterinarians, animal scientists, dog
owners, trainers, consultants, and counsellors will find this book
a benchmark reference and handbook concerning positive, humane
management and control of dogs.
Reflecting the author's extensive work with dogs, this book promises thorough explanations of topics, and proven behavioural strategies that have been designed, tested, and used by the author. More than 50 figures and tables illustrate this unique and significant contribution to dog behaviour, training, and learning.
Read the heartwarming story of Pea Horsley, the UK's first professional animal communicator, as she tracks lost animals, tackles troublesome pets and helps people to truly understand their devoted friends. Pea Horsley never set out to be an animal psychic, so you can imagine her surprise when she realised that animals could talk, and that she could hear them. Heartwarming and funny, Pea describes how she learnt to harness her powers and, in doing so, the incredible characters that she meets - on two legs and four! Pea tells how she saved Musgo the horse who was unable to recover from a past trauma, helped a client find her reincarnated puppy, and the wonderful story of Mono the dog and his owner, Mike. Mono had saved Mike's life, so when the vet told Mike that Mono was so ill that there was no hope, Mike refused to give up on him. Pea came to the rescue to help Mono tell Mike what he needed to survive. Pea's immense compassion and love of animals has allowed her to help so many animals in need and to celebrate the unconditional love and devotion that our closest friends bring to our lives.
This catalogue of over 400 dog breeds, from the best-loved Labrador to German shepherds and every pedigree in between, is a definitive visual guide to all things canine. From Beethoven to Toto, dogs have been adored for their unswerving loyalty and companionship throughout history and The Dog Encyclopedia is the perfect celebration of man's best friend. This book includes photographs and profiles detailing character, compatible owner traits, and breed-specific advice. You'll also find features on famous fictional dogs, canine heroes, and a fact-packed guide to canine evolution including the jobs dogs have performed over the years. Expert advice on everything from exercise and feeding your pooch to grooming and puppy training is included, along with an invaluable section on care to help you quickly identify and deal with any dog health problems. Covering history, breeds, dog care, hound health and training, The Dog Encyclopedia is an indispensable owner's guide and reference for every soon-to-be dog whisperer.
A perfect and unique gift book for every pet owner and for anyone who loves animals. Beautifully studied portraits that take a touching look at the devoted relationships between pets and their owners. We see the ordinary and the extraordinary--spiders, snakes, geckoes and goats as well as the more usual rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and dogs. Interspersed with humorous and philosophical quotations by famous writers.
From the Eisner Award-winning creator of The Oatmeal and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You comes this charmingly absurd gift book about man's best friend. In If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle-Aged Men, Matthew Inman imagines, to hilarious effect, what life would be like if his dogs were a couple of old men running around his house. The result is a pitch-perfect gift for any dog owner.
When Sylwester Wardega, a Polish YouTuber, decided to dress his dog Chica in an oversized spider costume and 'unleash' her on unsuspecting passers-by in his home town, an Internet phenomenon was born. The so-called 'Mutant Giant Spider Dog' was one of the most popular videos on YouTube in 2014 - some achievement when you know that more than 1 billion unique users visit the video sharing site each month. The Most Amazing YouTube Dog Videos Ever! is a celebration of Chica and all the other canine celebrities that delight YouTube users across the world. It brings together the most adorable and moving examples of this unstoppable online trend in one carefully curated collection. Including 120 clips, with each entry carrying a QR code, the reader is instantly guided to the most rewarding YouTube dog clips. From global viral hits to hidden gems and the most creative spins on this ever-evolving new genre, this is the perfect gift for dog video fanatics and newbies alike.
Organic, seasonal, farm-to-table food has become a huge movement--and conscious eating doesn't stop with the family pet. With the increase in contamination scares with manufactured pet food and the inclusion of preservatives, grains, and fillers with low-nutrient value, many pet owners are looking for solutions to the issue of what to give their pets. The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook teaches you how to tailor your pet's diet to their specific nutritional needs for better health and behavior. This book includes 75 recipes that you can make at home, nutritional information for every stage of your pet's life from puppy or kitten to adulthood, meal plans, healthy snacks and treats, and suggestions for supplementing store bought food with homemade ingredients. The switch from store bought to homemade pet food doesn't have to be hard or expensive. The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook makes switching your pet over to a homemade diet comfortable, safe, and inexpensive.
Golden rule to remember when looking for some alone time: If your whiskers touch the sides, it's a good place to hide. Mirrors are not other cats. For the sophisticated cat about town, this indispensable paw-book provides witty advice and pearls of kitty wisdom that will make sure your life is always full of naps, cardboard boxes and mice to chase - from perfecting your curtain-scratching technique to getting your head stroked without looking as though you wanted it.
The fun and easy way to care for a cute, cuddly hamster
Hamsters are the most popular rodents kept as pets. "Hamsters For Dummies" helps those owners who have little or no experience caring for this small mammal. This book covers selecting a healthy hamster, health care and nutrition, and housing and supplies. Readers will also find information on training and playing with hamsters.
Christmas at Battersea: True Stories of Miracles and Hope is full of heart-warming festive tales about the bond between man and animal, from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. 'Battersea Dogs & Cats Home never closes its doors, not even on Christmas Day' - Paul O'Grady On Christmas Day this year, an army of dedicated volunteers will be making the day as special as possible for the four-legged residents of Battersea, with knitted jumpers for poorly puppies and turkey dinners for hungry kittens. Christmas at Battersea features tales of rescue from Battersea's staff, and of inspirational owners who find a place in their hearts and homes for abandoned pets. You'll meet: - Scrappie the mongrel puppy, left in a bin on the coldest day of the year - Shadow the Pug, whose loyalty helps a widow through her first Christmas alone - The litter of puppies named after Santa's reindeer, in urgent need of a home on Christmas Eve - Rosie the Staffie, rescued from a freezing lake Featuring tear-jerking but uplifting real life stories about the animals that have passed through Battersea's doors at Yule time, Christmas at Battersea is the perfect present for animal lovers. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is the oldest and most-loved animal home in the country, caring for thousands of lost, abandoned or unwanted cats and dogs every year. Royalties from the sale of this book go towards supporting the work of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (registered charity no. 206394).
How well do we really know dogs? People may enjoy thinking about them as "man's best friend," but what actually drives the things they do? What is going on in their fur-covered heads as they look at us with their big, expressive eyes? Raymond Coppinger and Mark Feinstein know something about these questions, and with How Dogs Work, they're ready to share; this is their guide to understanding your dog and its behavior. Approaching dogs as a biological species rather than just as pets, Coppinger and Feinstein accessibly synthesize decades of research and field experiments to explain the evolutionary foundations underlying dog behaviors. They examine the central importance of the shape of dogs: how their physical body (including the genes and the brain) affects behavior, how shape interacts with the environment as animals grow, and how all of this has developed over time. Shape, they tell us, is what makes a champion sled dog or a Border collie that can successfully herd sheep. Other chapters in How Dogs Work explore such mysteries as why dogs play; whether dogs have minds, and if so what kinds of things they might know; why dogs bark; how dogs feed and forage; and the influence of the early relationship between mother and pup. Going far beyond the cozy lap dog, Coppinger and Feinstein are equally fascinated by what we can learn from the adaptations of dogs, wolves, coyotes, jackals, dingoes, and even pumas in the wild, as well as the behavior of working animals like guarding and herding dogs. We cherish dogs as family members and deeply value our lengthy companionship with them. But, isn't it time we knew more about who Fido and Trixie really are? How Dogs Work will provide some keys to unlocking the origins of many of our dogs' most common, most puzzling, and most endearing behaviors.
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