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truth about dogs The Truth About Dogs This is a copy of the original Atlantic article that Stephen Budiansky wrote and on which his book of the same name is based. It appeared in July 1999 and so it is a bit dated. However, Budiansky's perspective is informative as well as provocative. "Recent explorations into the field of canine genetics are changing the way we think about man's best friend—'man's best parasite' may be more like it—and could help us repair the damage done by a century of inbreeding."
Dr P's Dr. P's Dog Training compiled by Mark Plonsky, Ph.D. is about much more than dog training and is much more sophisticated than the name suggests. He is an experimental psychologist with expertise in animal learning & behavior, drugs & behavior, and educational technology. The site includes information on dog psychology and behavior, physiological capacities, and so on. It is a noncommercial site sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
wikipedia logo Origin of the domestic dog: The history of the ancestry and the domestication of the dog (Canis lupus familiaris). A pretty good overview of the subject.
logo for the NHGRI Dog Genome Project The Dog Genome Project at the National Human Genome Research Institute (formerly at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center). They are working to develop resources necessary to map and clone canine genes in an effort to utilize dogs as a model system for genetics and cancer research.
animal diversity web logo Animal Diversity Web: Canis lubus familiaris. This site is sponsored by the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. The article about dogs by Tanya Dewey, authoritative and well documented.
image for the canine diversity project The Canine Diversity Project: An attempt to acquaint breeders of domesticated dogs with the dangers of inbreeding and the overuse of popular sires. Both lead to the indiscriminate loss of genetic diversity and increase the frequency of genetic problems in the population. These abuses have not been restricted to dogs, but have also occurred in other domestic animals, largely as a consequence of outdated beliefs dating back to the early days of genetics.
illustration for how dogs think How Dogs Think: a Non-Verbal Link to Canine Communication by William E. Campbell. First published by Dogworld Magazine. It addresses the concepts behind Campbell's humane, non-punishment systems for correcting problem behavior in pet animals. It also appears in Behavior Problems in Dogs, 3rd. ed. (1999) and in the New Better Behavior in Dogs, 1999, A Guide to solving all your dog problems.
logo for paws across america How to Interpret Your Dog's Body Language, Facial Expressions, and Vocalizations. by Bashkim Dibra This is a wonderful illustrated guide. It appears on the site Paws Across America. Dibra is the author of numerous books on pet and dog behavior.
humor in domestic dogs Humor in Domestic Dogs by Renee Ruth Decter. "Understanding the dog, however, is not an easy task, for they do not speak our language nor we, theirs. Animal behavior has been the subject of fascination since at least the time of Plato and Aristotle, and if human curiosity drives research, then animal behavior should be near the top of our list (Ibid). It is this researcher's curiosity about animal behavior in general, and dog behavior in particular, that drives this current research, which focuses on humor in domestic dogs."
logo for Nature on PBS Dogs That Changed the World. NATURE's two-part special tells the epic story of the wolf's evolution, how "man's best friend" changed human society and how we in turn have radically transformed dogs. From the tiniest Chihuahua to the powerful and massive English Mastiff, modern domesticated dogs come in a bewildering array of shapes and sizes, with an equally diverse range of temperaments and behaviors. And yet, according to genetics, all dogs evolved from the savage and wild wolf—in a transformation that occurred just 15,000 years ago.
logo for animal attraction The Pact for Survival: How wolves became dogs. This show appeared on ABC TV: 6.00pm Saturday February 6, 2001. The site includes fact sheets and the full transcript of the show. It does a pretty good job of addressing these questions: "How did our ancestors link up with animals in the first place? Did we domesticate them, or did they domesticate us? And what does the unsavoury canine habit of eating poo have to do with domestication?"
abc science logo Stalking the Ancient Dog: Man's best friend may go way back By Christine Mlot. From June 28, 1997, so it is a bit dated. However, it is scholarly in tone and well documented.
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Museum of the Dog: The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is home to a collection of art devoted to the dog, displaying "over 700 original paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines, and a variety of decorative arts objects depicting man's best friend throughout the ages."

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