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Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition$
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Adam Miklosi

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199295852

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295852.001.0001

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Dogs in anthropogenic environments: society and family

Dogs in anthropogenic environments: society and family

(p.47) CHAPTER 3 Dogs in anthropogenic environments: society and family
Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition

Ádám Miklósi

Oxford University Press

Dogs have occupied many different types of environments. Some of them in close association with humans (i.e., in human families), but there are populations of dogs that maintain a more distanced style of life like that of the so-called feral dogs. This chapter provides a population-level overview of dogs and refers to the different roles dogs occupy in human society, ranging from being a pet at home to their potential for being an aid for humans. The performance of dogs working with the police, helping with blind or disabled people is comparable to that of working humans. Unfortunately, despite much effort the presence of dogs in society is not without problems, and more balanced research without preconceptions is needed to solve problems associated with dog bites and shelter dogs.

Keywords:   family, shelter dog, dog bite, dog-human interaction, environment

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