Dog Behavior - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128164983

Dog Behavior

1st Edition

Modern Science and Our Canine Companions

Authors: James Ha Tracy Campion
Paperback ISBN: 9780128164983
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 30th November 2018
Page Count: 236
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Dog Behavior provides a thorough examination of the evolutionary history, biology, neuroscience, and natural history behind canine behavior. This book uses research studies, historical evidence, interviews from animal behavior experts, previously unpublished case studies, and the authors’ professional experiences to provide a comprehensive guide to dog behavior.

This book seeks to provide readers with a better understanding of canine science, including evolutionary concepts, ethograms, brain structures and development, sensory perspectives, the science of emotions, social structure, and the natural history of the species. This book also analyzes relationships between humans and dogs, and how the latter has evolved to coexist and empathize with human companions given their evolutionary roots.

Dog Behavior is the ideal resource for researchers and students in animal behavior, specifically focusing on dog behavior and human-canine relationships. This book is also valuable for veterinarians seeking further information on dog behavior and the social temperament of these companion animals.

Key Features

  • Provides an accessible, engaging introduction to animal behavior specifically related to human-canine relationships
  • Clarifies misunderstandings, mysteries, and misconceptions about canines with historical evidence and scientific studies
  • Offers insights and techniques to improve human-canine relationships


Researchers and students in animal behavior and canine behavior; veterinarians in need of more information on canine behavior

Table of Contents

1. A Brief History of Evolutionary Theory
2. The Outward and Inward World of the Animal
3. Brain Structure and Development – Understanding Capabilities and Limitations of Mammals and Dogs
4. Sensory Perception to Interpret Behavior
5. The Science of Emotions
6. How Concepts of Costs vs. Benefits Drives Decision-Making and the Evolution of Behavior
7. Costs and Benefits of Being Social – Temperament and Personality
8. Game Theory
9. Limited Resources of Social Structure
10. Species Natural History – Behavior Associated with Mating and Social Structure


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About the Author

James Ha

Dr. James C. Ha currently serves as Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology and Behavioral Ecology specifically from Colorado State University. Dr. Ha has over 30 years of experience in teaching, research, and consulting in animal behavior. He is the lead author on numerous scientific publications on animal behavior, specifically dog behavior. Dr. Ha’s current research interests revolve around applied animal behavior: dogs, cats, and non-human primates, and welfare, enrichment, and behavior modification methods. This work overlaps with his primary research interests which have, for many years, focused on complex social behavior in highly cognitive animals (primates, corvids, and cetaceans).

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, USA

Tracy Campion

Tracy L. Campion currently is a writer and publisher for Pet Connection Magazine. She is also a contributing journalist to CBS Seattle and a contributing writer to Snohomish Country Living. Previously, she received her M.S. in Primate Behavior from Central Washington University and then her Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism. Ms. Campion has also participated in field work exercises including the spatial ecology of Papio ursinus at the University of Cape Town’s Zoology Department.

Affiliations and Expertise

Writer/Publisher, Pet Connection Magazine, Kirkland, WA, USA

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