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									Dog's Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human
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Product Description-Dog's Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human
A comprehensive, humane, and bemused tour of the dog-human relationship, Dog's Best Friend combines anecdote, research,
and reportage to illuminate our complex rapport with our cherished canine companions. Tracking our national obsession with an
  animal that now outnumbers children in American households, Mark Derr chronicles the evolution of "the culture of the dog"
from the prehistoric domestication of tamed wolves to the modern horrors of overbreeding and inbreeding.Passionate about his
   subject and intent on sharing his zeal, Derr defends dogs with wit and flare, producing here a quirky, informative, and fitting
                                 tribute to our love affair with canines big and small. (20040830)

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Customer Reviews:
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful Any one with a dog or wanting one must read this book, June 7, 1997 By A
This review is from: Dog's Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human Relationship (Hardcover) This book is certain to raise howls
from the members of the AKC! It is scathing in its discussion of breed registration and the responsibility of the AKC in the
production of unfit animals. Any person looking for a pure bred pet must read this first. The book brings to mainline dog lovers
the knowledge serious dog trainers have been saying to each other for some time- breeding "for Pretty" damages the animals.
There is room for debate on several of Mr. Derr's contentions, but by and large he has brought important information to light that
anyone loving dogs should be concerned about. He has also done it in a compelling fashion without pedantics.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful Interesting and explained extremely well!, April 24, 2010 By Amanda
This review is from: Dog's Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human Relationship (Paperback) Very easy to understand and the
author presents such brilliant theories. I have read other books about dogs and found them boring and so much less interesting.
I would recommend this to anyone doing research or anyone who wants some information about dogs.

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful

BOONIE DOGS RULE!, July 21, 1997 By A Customer
This review is from: Dog's Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human Relationship (Hardcover) This is another book review by
Wolfie and Kansas, the boonie dogs from Toto, Guam. When we saw the fetching picture on the cover of "Dog's Best Friend",
we thought the book would be primarily about dogs. Actually, the book is more about the humans who breed, train and work and
play with dogs. While we think a concentration on dogs would have been more interesting, the sections on these humans are
generally pretty good. The book also contains some fascinating history of the dog-human relationship, and even a couple
mentions of our island.While the individual humans profiled in this book almost all qualify as dogs' best friends, the theme
running through this book is that many humans and human organizations have been harming dogs. This harm is done in two
ways. First, humans have a negative effect on dog behavior through misguided and cruel training. Author Mark Derr comes
close to agreeing with our position that there is no such thing as a bad dog. There are only...

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