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Dogs and wolves developed in parallel with each other. Jakie is a rescue dog. While a pup, he was found wandering the streets of Bolsover.


For a year he exhibited all the characteristics that Bradshaw tells us are the consequences of what, in a human being, would be called a disadvantaged upbringing. The warning needs to be qualified.

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Convincing such dogs that the world can be a friendly place is certainly hard work. Meanwhile, all those thousands of years of domestication have made dogs uniquely capable of loving both people and other dogs, and uniquely tractable.

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As Eddie Izzard once pointed out, had Ivan Pavlov tried his famous experiment in classical conditioning on cats, he would have died penniless and insane. Despite plenty of strong and contentious material, In Defence of Dogs isn't the easiest read.

It's a biologist's book designed as part of an ongoing conversation between other academics, and though Bradshaw's style is supple and fluent, he has a in defence of dogs to err on the side of too much science and not enough story.

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It also takes him until the last chapter to discuss the differences between breeds of dog. Until then, dogs are just dogs, as same-ish in habits and behaviour as goats or blackbirds. But, as even non-dog-owners could tell in defence of dogs, dogs, like people, are individuals.

There might be particular traits shared by one or other breed, but there are stupid collies and in defence of dogs setters, timid ridgebacks and solitary labradors. Some sheepdogs are scared of sheep; some guard dogs are only useful as speed bumps.

As with humans, there might be a few overriding organisational principles — food, love, shelter, warmth — but one of the reasons that the bond between dogs and people has in defence of dogs so strongly is because they, like wolves and like us, have their own souls.

To see most expressions of character in dogs as mere anthropomorphism is, once again, to have miscommunicated.

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It is precisely those differences in personality that the Inuit once harnessed among their sled dogs — intelligent leaders, excitable pullers, stolid team types — and which zoologists are also beginning to recognise within wolf-packs. The trick, as Bradshaw points out, is to allow dogs to be dogs.

And the area of a dog's brain devoted to analysing smells is in defence of dogs times greater than ours. They even have a special organ which we do not have - a "Jacobson's organ" somewhere at in defence of dogs back of the palate - to help them identify and catalogue odours even more precisely.

In Defence of Dogs : Why Dogs Need Our Understanding

At this point the reader begins to wonder what we are subjecting our dogs' sensitive noses to in defence of dogs our fake "clean" household detergents, air fresheners and so on.

Clearly dogs are able in defence of dogs detect infinitesimal traces of scents compared with us, just as they are able to hear well outside our auditory range. These senses are both much more highly developed than humans'.

Yet their vision is not as precise.

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