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Scientist, author, and dog lover Budiansky draws on cutting-edge genetic research to reveal what really makes dogs tick, and why. Illustrations....

Title : The Truth about Dogs: An Inquiry into Ancestry Social Conventions Mental Habits Moral Fiber Canis fami
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The Truth about Dogs: An Inquiry into Ancestry Social Conventions Mental Habits Moral Fiber Canis fami Reviews

  • Trang Tran
    2019-03-25 01:13

    This is a really good book about the dogs. The main purpose of this book is talking the truth about the dog. You can also learn a lot about the dog. In this book, I can also know the different between whines and growls. I learned dog barked when they feel hungry and bored, the amount of dog barking is phenomenal. The thing that I learned and I really like it was they said train dog is easily than study another language of human. If someone read this book, I hoped them will really like it, too.

  • Victoria
    2019-04-16 00:54

    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 for why my dog peed around Mary D.- because she's so tall!); what was the most upsetting was that the author 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, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals, which hardly seems like a thorough rebuttal... This really just wasn’t enjoyable, as it was filled with redundant information and an underlying tone of distaste for dogs.

  • Conal Cochran
    2019-04-17 04:55

    Probably the best book about these wonderful animals out there. It's taken a lot of criticism in some quarters for the decidedly unromantic, anti-anthropomorphic view it takes of dogs, but those criticisms miss the point: Dogs aren't people (if they were, it'd be pretty screwed up for us to keep them as pets), but another species that just happens to overlap in amazing ways with humans in terms of social behavior. Furthermore, many of the problematic relationships and behaviors that dogs and their owners can develop are rooted in a fundamental misunderstanding of this point. I think it's an important book for people thinking about getting a dog (or who already have one) to read--and it's funny, too!

  • Lyn Elliott
    2019-04-01 06:13

    A fascinating summary of research across a huge range of disciplines, all concerned with the evolution of dogs, their social world and their interactions with humans. I enjoyed Budiansky's asides on human behavior and expectations just as much as I did his discussions of essential dogness. A small masterpiece.

  • Shay
    2019-04-14 04:47

    A clever read about the parasitic qualities of domesticated doghood (informative indeed)... a good read for all us anthropomorphizing dog owners who have been completely taken advantage of by our beguiling, opportunistic, evolutionarily advanced canines.

  • Lora
    2019-04-04 02:03

    Pret-ty boring.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-24 06:51

    This one started off great - the author was backing up his claims with decent data and relying a lot on science for his arguments - things were going swimmingly. And then I got to the chapter on troubled dogs. Having a troubled dog, I may be slightly partial, but I also feel I'm pretty well-informed; we've been working with our vet and a behaviorist a lot and I'm not 100% convinced that dominance is always the key issue with dogs, as the author tends to suggest is the driving force behind everything dogs do. I could have overlooked this, as everyone is entitled to their opinion and the issue is still up for debate. But he closes this chapter with an exhortation against "savage attacks" and "silent, predatory aggression" and uses as his example pit bulls. He does mention this is sometimes a result of deliberate breeding by humans, but nonetheless his stereotypical example left an extremely sour taste in my mouth. Frankly, I was surprised someone is such an avowed dog lover and who did such extensive research for this book would succumb to such a novice mistake. Some factoids I found interesting, despite the lack of icky lack of judgment on the breed stereo-typing issue. * Dogs consume about twice as much food per pound of body weight than humans. For the 55 million dogs in the US, this means they eat about as much as the human population of the LA metro area, at a cost of $7B a year. * Dogs cannot adjust the lens of their eye to accomodate for distance when trying to focus on an object in close range (i.e. less than 3" away). Essentially, anything less than 1 foot away from a dog's face is nothing but a blur. * Dogs have a wider field of vision than humans do, but the range of overlap of the two eyes is smaller, limiting their 3D vision to a narrower sector. * Dogs - and most non-primate animals - have only two kinds of cones, whereas humans have three. Having three cones allows us to see all 3 wavelengths of light that essentially yellow, green, and blue. Whereas dogs only have 2 kinds of cones, they can only see yellow-green and violet. The way dogs can see color is fairly analoguous to color-blind humans. * Dogs can hear sounds up to about 65k Hz; humans can hear up to 20k Hz. To produce the top note a person can hear, you would have add 28 extra keys at the right-hand end of a standard piano or about 2.33 octaves. To get to what a dog can hear, you would need to add 48 keys or a full 4 octaves.

  • Craig
    2019-04-05 00:07

    Good book,albeit dated by now and underestimates dog's consciousness as a result. Adds to info found in Coren's book, "How Dogs Think, the Canine Mind". It's a faster read and I'd recommend it to get a bit more of a stereoscopic view of the subject. The color plate on how dog's see the world in color using two types of rods, rather than our human three types of rods, makes that much clearer for me. I enjoyed the writing style he used in his passage about a car trip with a border collie who "turned his head the 127th time to follow the most recent car that passed by", in his discussion of genetic traits and how they related to historical associations with "intelligence". Written in 2000 he underestimates dogs conscious awareness, see Time Magazine Aug 16 2010 for update on this.An interesting aspect is his discussion of dog's awareness of coincidence as opposed to cause and effect; and what he suggests is going on with the dog regarding what I would call the love of a dog for its human. He mentions that his sheep dog stands by the door for it to open, not clearly aware of the connection with what the human thinks and reacts, but simply because that action makes the door open sometimes. Chalk this up to lack of his information in 2000 and addressed in the 8/16/10 Time mag article. For example when either of my dogs stands by the door and/or touches the door, they often obviously turn their head toward me as if to say "Don't you get it?" or "are you going to open the door?". My sense is that Budiansky misses that; I'd be glad to have someone point out that he didn't,since that's a bit unnerving in a body of otherwise insightful info.I am thankful for the education he provides on the area of training.His section on the need to catch a dog in the moment of an undesirable action, not 3 seconds after, the futility of punishment after the fact, as well as his confirmation that emotional punishment is rarely a good idea, and physical punishment reserved only for dangerous activity like biting where physical dominance is the issue. His explanations of the "Why" help back his suggestions for the "What" allowing the reader to make an informed decision.

  • Ash
    2019-03-28 01:49

    One of my family members had gotten me this book because they knew I loved dogs and liked to learn about them... and when I saw it, I thought it was just going to be an average little piece of nonfiction and hoped to learn some new, interesting things about dogs.I was surprised however, just how terribly BORING this book was. And that word right there just kind of explains all the problems with this book. Boring. That's all it was.The way the writer writes is almost pretentious in a way. Granted, you get that he is very smart and well-worded, but that's what it seemed like. All the wording in this book felt more like the author was trying to shove down your throat that he can write big and smart words to make himself seem more legitimate. I of course don't think that was his original intention when creating this book, but that certainly what it came across as.Plus, to add to that, his writing style was not anything to exciting. It was just basic facts mixed in with big words and nothing more.I think the voice of all the wording got messed up too because the author, like people have mentioned before, seems to not like dogs very much. I don't think this is true (as I don't see why he would have dogs or dedicate time writing about dogs if he didn't like them), but the whole time, it felt like he was just insulting them under his breath. The content isn't very much either. It basically tells some basic facts about dogs (in some long, drawn out ways) and a lot of it was just going back to the fact that the root to all dogs behavior was the social construct and dominance and etc, etc, which, while I do think that plays a big role... the author seems to lack any feeling on human intervention and bonds.But maybe I am just one of the overly-attached, emotional people with their dogs, who knows?I will give this book credit that it wasn't too long and if you want to learn some things about dogs, this book will probably give you a bit of information on a thing or two...But I recommend you skip this one. Or if you're going to read it, be prepared to skim some chapters.

  • Christine
    2019-04-14 03:01

    I had enjoyed all the other books on dogs I had read so far, and I thought this book's title might give me some further insight into canine mentality. What I found was a lot of discussion without direct evidence (only later does he mention a few sources). He makes big claims without directly citing where he gets his evidence, and his writing left a very unpleasant taste in my mouth. His writing style is not very legible: there were many times when I read something and thought, "Huh?" But re-reading did not clarify. He's just not a concise writer, and he isn't enjoyable to read. He doesn't write as if he cares whether he is understood. He writes as if he wants to punish the readers for picking up his book. He claims to be a dog lover, but you would never get that impression by this book. A lot of his big claims are just his opinion--that dogs are parasites, and are social-climbers. What he is really writing about it his own opinion about the question of motives and whether a being does something/anything out of self-interest or for love. From the title of this book I got the impression that this was not going to be a philosophical book--but a book based on research. Instead it was about his philosophy on dog nature--a dreary and unpleasant one.

  • Kylie Butler
    2019-03-25 08:05

    This book is outdated. Dominance theory, as delivered in this book, is false and based mostly on observations of modern day wolves held in a captive environment consisting of unrelated males - of course the result were fights and displays of dominance. So no your dog is not trying to dominate you by putting his paw on your leg, but last time he did it he probably got a piece of toast you were eating or at the least some attention. And generally any attention is good attention, pushing the dog away is still attention directed at the dog, dogs do what works for them. Paw on leg = food and/or attention, of course he's going to try that again next time you are sitting at the breakfast table eating toast. I'm surprised I read this to the end, the dominance theory guff really irked me, however there are a few nuggets of information within the pages that kept me reading. But my advice to anyone who reads this review - don't read this book, get a more recent publication.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-04-11 01:45

    I have a version of this book that has not yet been captured by GoodReads: ISBN 978-1-4072-2811-2The Irredeemable Weirdness of the Dog: An IntroductionIf some advertiser or political consultant could figure out just what it is in human nature that makes us so ready to believe that dogs are loyal, trustworthy, selfless, loving, courageous, noble and obedient, he could retire to his own lands in the Carribbean in about a week with what he'd make peddling that secret.Started out in a flippant manner but soon enough settled down to an erudite explanation of pooch behaviour.

  • J.M.
    2019-04-06 05:12

    I picked this up not because I like dogs (I really don't) but because I liked the author's book on cats (which was awesome). This wasn't quite the same ~ in fact, a lot of the things the author had to say only reinforced my own dislike for dogs, even though he proclaimed to be a dog lover. Still, it was a fascinating read. I'd recommend it to anyone with a dog who wants to know why it does some of the weird things it does.

  • Dark-Draco
    2019-04-19 01:50

    I really enjoy these books by Budiansky - he explores quite complex evolutionary and genetic theories behind behaviour, but writes in a simple, understandable way without talking down to you. He has a wicked sense of humour too and I laughed out loud in places. I have learnt so much about my dog through reading this and I'm sure I will return to it again many times, as I try to piece together why she has done something so strange!

  • Elio
    2019-03-27 08:12

    This is a fun, quick read full of interesting science facts about dogs along with the author's peculiar point of view. Budiansky is a dog person through and through, but he is also cranky enough that the book never becomes overly cute. The book really made me rethink how dogs view humans and what it means for them to have become domesticated.

  • Seana
    2019-04-17 05:45

    I really liked this book, liked the author's summaries of scientific research, liked the different perspective, made me stop and think. But there's a lot of unsupported editorializing and he's got an edge into his comments that I don't like. Enjoyed the book but would take what he says with a grain of salt. More updated books without the edge available now.

  • Converse
    2019-03-21 05:03

    A charming account of the biology of dogs, with emphasis on social behavior. References include many primary sources in scientific literature. Don't agree with all of it, but always informative and a great read.

  • Courtney
    2019-03-23 06:44

    Pretty outdated. It had some good info spread throughout, but several chapters were based on outdated theories. It was tedious figuring out what was true and what has been proven wrong since publication.

  • stori .
    2019-03-21 01:53

    "The 4 billion gallons of dog urine generated each year in the United States could fill all the wine bottles from a full year's output of the vineyards of France, Italy, Spain, and the United States combined..."

  • Laura
    2019-04-01 00:12

    It started out interesting but I thought it got repetitive quite quickly.

  • Margaret
    2019-04-08 07:50

    I found this enjoyable and I liked the author`s sense of humour. However I also found it rather outdated as thinking has changed so much in regard to what is now believed about canine behaviour.

  • Judith
    2019-04-04 01:02

    Excellent and entertaining summary of the current research on dogs - one of the best dog books ever.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-04 05:51

    haha, dogs are funny. This was a very scientific look into the behavior of our best furry friends. Helpful for deciphering their oddities, and also just for a laugh or a 'huh' moment.

  • Kennedy
    2019-03-19 03:07

    Very insightful to why dogs act the way they do. It gave a lot of food for thought on training dogs and their behavior. I will keep this one around for reference.

  • Kent
    2019-04-15 00:52

    Quick read, very interesting. Keeps it pretty high level, but this is a good read for anyone interested in dog behavior.

  • Charlotte
    2019-04-16 06:46

    A good book, gives a new prespective on the dogs view of things, including details about how they see things differently than us.

  • Voytek Figiel
    2019-03-21 02:06

    The book is good. It gave me enough info to do the government project.

  • Catherine
    2019-03-26 00:04

    A must for all those in regular contact with canines. It's a dry, witty, and fascinating portrait of dogs and dog behavior that manages to be pro-pooch without anthropomorphizing.

  • James
    2019-04-03 07:56

    Very interesting disection of where dogs and their most notable traits came from, and how they relate to the humans in their lives.

  • Janine
    2019-04-19 07:54

    im pretty sure the author doesn't really like dogs as much as he claims