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Dog's Best Friend : Annals of the Dog-human Relationship - Mark Derr

Dog's Best Friend

Annals of the Dog-human Relationship

By: Mark Derr

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780226142807
Number Of Pages: 380

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In 1090, Mark Derr wrote a controversial article for the Atlantic Monthly challenging the American Kennel Club to cease overbreeding dogs which, in his judgment, has "led to an epidemic of genetic disorders and the loss of temperamental soundness and working ability in most purebred dogs." In Dog's Best Friend, an expanded version of his contentious piece, Derr chronicles how man's relationship to dogs was formed and asserts that many of us are unknowingly cruel friends to our canine companions. Dog's Best Friend includes a history of how dogs were domesticated; an overview of dog types; descriptions of how dogs were, and still are, trained for and worked in a variety of jobs and sports; and how overbreeding for appearance can undermine the mental and physical health of dogs. Along the way Derr addresses a number of controversies, both political and scientific, and tells compelling stories about a great many - mostly large - dogs.

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"Wide-ranging and well-written... Mark Derr''s book is a quirky and ever fascinating walking tour through the long history of dog human-relations."

--Christine Adkins"Modern Dog Magazine" (08/30/2004)
"If you''ve ever owned a dog or are anticipating the purchase of one, this well-researched volume is a must addition to your library."--Ranny Green, "Seattle Times
--Ranny Green "Seattle Times "
"Wide-ranging and well-written... Mark Derr's book is a quirky and ever fascinating walking tour through the long history of dog human-relations."
--Christine Adkins"Modern Dog Magazine" (08/30/2004)

Preface, 2004p. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Prologuep. 1
A Wolf in Dog's Clothingp. 11
Tracks of Agesp. 11
Defining Dogp. 15
Taming Wolfp. 19
Becoming Dogp. 21
Degrees of Separationp. 28
Reading the Trailp. 38
Proper Distancep. 49
Big Dogs and Little Dogsp. 53
Basic Divisionp. 53
The Large and Small of Itp. 57
Feist Dogsp. 63
Big Dogsp. 70
Florida Cursp. 73
Huntingp. 84
Common Scentsp. 91
Following Scentp. 91
Basic Trainingp. 103
A Question of Odorp. 115
Unwindingp. 118
Gnashing Teethp. 120
Fightingp. 120
The Dancep. 141
Hounds of Hellp. 149
The Culture of Instinctp. 158
Hard-working Dogsp. 158
Guardingp. 165
Herdingp. 175
The Ugliness of Beautyp. 186
The Showp. 186
Ruined Dogsp. 199
The Fancyp. 215
The Dark Underbellyp. 223
Mutts of the Northp. 229
The Long Haulp. 229
Whiteoutp. 233
The Dogsp. 238
Happy Trailsp. 248
Iditarod: The Controversyp. 255
Humans and Dogsp. 262
By Land, Sea, and Airp. 264
Breeding and Trainingp. 264
Birdyp. 274
Disc Drivep. 289
Dogs for Peoplep. 298
Guidesp. 298
Service Dogsp. 305
Failed Contractsp. 313
Rescuep. 322
Give the Dog a Treatp. 323
Bringing it All Back Homep. 331
The Perfect Dogp. 331
Down the Roadp. 340
Finding a Dogp. 346
Selected Bibliographyp. 355
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780226142807
ISBN-10: 0226142809
Series: Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 15.3  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Type: Revised

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