This is the first book to collate and synthesise the recent burgeoning primary research literature on dog behaviour, evolution and cognition. The author presents a new ecological approach to the understanding of dog behaviour, demonstrating how dogs can be the subject of rigorous and productive scientific study without the need to confine them to a laboratory environment. Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition starts with an overview of the conceptual and methodological issues associated with the study of the dog, followed by a brief description of their role in human society - almost a third of human families share their daily life with the dog! An evolutionary perspective is then introduced with a summary of current research into the process of domestication. The central part of the book is devoted to issues relating to the cognitive aspects of behaviour which have received particular attention in recent years from both psychologists and ethologists. The book's final chapters introduce the reader to many novel approaches to dog behaviour, set in the context of behavioural development and genetics.
Directions for future research are highlighted throughout the text which also incorporates links to human and primate research by drawing on homologies and analogies in both evolution and behaviour. The book will therefore be of relevance and use to anyone with an interest in behavioural ecology including graduate students of animal behaviour and cognition, as well as a more general audience of dog enthusiasts, biologists, psychologists and sociologists.
Table of Contents
1. Dogs in historical perspective and conceptual issues of studying their behaviour ; 2. Methodological issues in the behavioural study of the dog ; 3. Dogs in anthropogenic environments: society and family ; 4. A comparative approach to Canis ; 5. Domestication ; 6. The perceptual world of the dog ; 7. Physical-ecological cognition ; 8. Social cognition ; 9. Development of behaviour ; 10. Temperament and personality ; Afterword: Heading toward the 21st century's science
Adam Miklosi is a Reader in Biology and the Head of the Department of Ethology at the Eotvos University in Budapest, Hungary. He was awarded a Doctor of Science by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2005 and has more the 40 refereed publications on dog behaviour to his name.