Spirit of the Wild Dog: The World of Wolves, Coyotes, Foxes, Jackals & Dingoes

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Allen & Unwin, 2003 - Pets - 235 pages
"From the gray wolf and the dingo to the South American bush dog and the whistling hunter, this book covers the wild dogs that have been free spirits on every continent except Antarctica and have thrived in all environments. Described are dogs that roam free over the planet, the hottest and driest parts of Africa and Australia, the wettest forests of New Guinea and South America, and the coldest parts of the Arctic Circle. This up-to-date account discusses the skills, personalities, and lifestyles of these dogs. It includes information on wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals, and dingoes, as well as details about rare dogs such as the dhole and the South American bush dog. Also provided are insights into the extraordinary group coherence of wild dogs; their faithfulness and intelligence; their ability to learn, remember, and solve problems; and what they have in common with domesticated dogs."
 

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I love dogs of any kind, wolves, foxes, normal dogs, and more. Kaitlyn Jones
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Contents

The wild dog family
1
Habitats of the wild dog
17
Sensory abilities
41
Communication
59
Social life
87
Sex and reproduction
107
Hunting
121
Intelligent behaviour
145
Domestic and feral dogs
165
Future of the wild dog
183
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Gisela Kaplan and Lesley Rogers are both professors at the University of New England, They have conducted joint research in the field of animal behaviour for many years and have published both scientific papers and books together, including the highly acclaimed book The Orang Utans and the equally popular Songs, Roars and Rituals. Both have been influenced profoundly by their field research, observing birds, apes and dogs in their natural habitats.

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