Dog Behavior: An Evolutionary Perspective

Noel, Laura
The behavior of the modern domesticated dog is heavily influenced in its evolutionary history. I studied the evolution of the domestic dog from its origins and applied this evolutionary history to understanding the behavior of domestic dogs, and how it differs from undomesticated canine species. I also studied the process of artificial selection implemented by humans in the derivation of the numerous breeds of dog present today. I specifically looked at the modern domesticated dog breed groups, as outlined by the American Kennel Club, and how the evolutionary history of specific groups and breeds has affected the typical behavior of those breeds. This knowledge is important to understanding how and why dogs behave the way they do and has significant application in selecting a dog as a pet, as well as training.
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