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How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Mark Derr, David Shoemaker (Cover designer), Christopher Hanson (Illustrator)

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Title:How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends
Authors:Mark Derr
Other authors:David Shoemaker (Cover designer), Christopher Hanson (Illustrator)
Info:New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2011. (hardcover) 287 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Collections:Read, Read but unowned
Tags:Dogs, Wolves, Evolution, Human-animal relationships, History, Illustrated, Maps, Bibliography, Index

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How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends by Mark Derr (2011)



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The author would have been better off simply making this an epoch-spanning novel. Instead, he blithely makes up his own fantasies of what the past was like, ignores any facts that disagree with his fantasies, and generally acts as though the truth, since it is currently scientifically unproven, can be bent to be whatever we wish it to be. If you like his arbitrary classifications (dogwolves, wolfdogs, socialized wolves, uhh, probably a few more I forgot), have fun with it. I'm not going to waste my time reading the rest. ( )
  marti.booker | Dec 2, 2013 |
The result is a book that often reads more like a scholarly dissertation than a chatty missive from another "dog whisperer": It is not one of those popular dog books you might buy as a Christmas stocking stuffer for your cousin Susie who has three beagles.
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A couple of years ago a young editor at The Overlook Press tracked me through cyberspace to ask if I would consider writing a book about how the wolf became the do, or in the shorthand of digital communication, "Wolf2Dog," compressible to "W2D." (Preface, Dog 2 Dog)
There is something disconcertingly familiar about the tracks that appear abruptly deep in Chauvet Cave, an ancient many-chambered rock art gallerly cut high into the limestone of a gorge overlooking the prehistoric bed of the Ardeche River that rushes out of the rugged, volcanic Massif Central in south-central France.
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The title used when the Library of Congress did the cataloging-in-publication was How the Wolf Became the Dog. It appears that the name was changed before publication, perhaps to prevent confusion with other book.
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That the dog evolved from the wolf is an accepted fact of evolution and history, but the question of how wolf became dog has remained a mystery, obscured by myth and legend. How the Dog Became the Dog posits that dog was an evolutionary inevitability in the nature of the wolf and its human soul mate.

The natural temperament and social structure of humans and wolves are so similar that as soon as they met on the trail they recognized themselves in each other. Both are highly social, accomplished generalists, and creatures of habit capable of adapting homebodies who like to wander.

How the Dog Became the Dog presents domestication of the dog as a biological and cultural process that began in mutual cooperation and has taken a number of radical turns. At the end of the last Ice Age the first dogs emerged with their humans from refuges against the cold. In the eighteenth century, humans began the drive to exercise full control of dog reproduction, life, and death to complete the domestication of the wolf begun so long ago.
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Describes the early cooperative relationships between Ice Age humans and dogs as well as human society's later efforts to domesticate and control dog species through reproduction, revealing how dogs and humans impacted each other's evolution.

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