“Turning wolves into dogs took knowledge, insight and a few cheeky treats along the way. This book contains all three, and is the perfect companion to any dog lover.” — Ben Garrod.
By Zazie Todd PhD
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This month, the Animal Book Club is reading Wonderdog: The Science of Dogs and Their Unique Friendship with Humans by Jules Howard.
From the publisher:
“A celebration of dogs, the scientists who’ve lived alongside them, and how canines have been key to advancements in science for the betterment of all species.
Almost everywhere there are humans on planet Earth, there are dogs. But what do dogs know and understand of the world? Do their emotions feel like our own? Do they love like we do? What do they think of us?
Since our alliance first began on the hunt and on the farm, our relationship with dogs has evolved considerably. And with domestic dog population rising twenty per cent in the last decade alone, it is a bond that will continue to evolve. In order to gauge where our relationship with dogs goes from here, author and zoologist Jules Howard takes a look at the historical paths we have trod together, and at the many scientists before him who turned their analytic eye on their own four-legged companions.”
I’ve been lucky to read this already and here’s what I think:
“A fresh and vibrant account of what we’ve learned about dogs from Darwin to today. With a cast of familiar and almost-forgotten characters, Wonderdog tells us why dogs do the things they do – and what it tells us about ourselves. Full of compassion and intrigue, this is scientific storytelling at its very best.”
Wonderdog is available from all good bookstores and my Amazon store: https://www.amazon.com/shop/animalbookclub
The book club is open to subscribers to my free Companion Animal Psychology newsletter as well as subscribers to my premium newsletter, The Pawsitive Post. You’ll get the details as part of your welcome emails.
Jules Howard presented a fantastic webinar about the book. You can still catch the recording if you sign up to either newsletter.
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