The dog - Its behavior, nutrition and health
The dog - Its behavior, nutrition and health
3rd ed., 400 pages, 10 ill., John Wiley & Sons, February 2024
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Now in its third edition, The Dog remains a definitive textbook regarding dogs and their care; written in clear, accessible language, the text provides updated and expanded coverage of selective breeding, training principles, solutions to common behavior problems, diet and nutrition, and preventive health care.
New sections in this edition include information about dog breeds and selective breeding practices, genetic testing programs, canine social cognition and communication, manners training and common behavior problems, popular dog sports, and new information regarding health care and disease prevention.
Enhanced with distinctive figures and tables, the text provides current references, suggested readings, updated tables and references, and a thorough glossary to aid in comprehension.
In The Dog, readers can expect to find detailed information about:
  • Canine behavior, reward-based approaches to training, health care and disease prevention, new information about pet foods and nutrition, and a review of research regarding the unique social cognition of the domestic dog
  • Breed specific diseases and their genetic testing, canine infectious viruses and atopic disease, and new vaccines and vaccination schedules
  • Interspecies communications between dogs and humans, prevention and management of common behavior problems in dogs, and pet food selection and recommended feeding practices
More detailed and comprehensive than many other dog books, The Dog is an indispensable tool for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, trainers, behaviorists, breeders, animal shelter and rescue group staff, and dog owners. Academically, The Dog is a useful textbook for second- or third-year students who have completed at least one college-level biology course.

Preface xii
Acknowledgments xiv
Part I Man’s Best Friend: The Animal within the Companion 1
1 Man and Wolf: The Process of Domestication 3
2 Selective Breeding: The Creation of the Working Dog 15
3 The Dog’s Body: Structure, Movement, and Special Senses 34
4 Reproduction and Breeding Management 57
5 Genetics and Breeding Programs 75
6 Sharing Our Lives with Dogs: Benefits and Responsibilities 94
Part 2 Behavior: Communicating with Man’s Best Friend 125
7 Developmental Behavior: Puppy to Adult 127
8 Understanding Normal Canine Behavior 134
9 Learning, Cognition, and Training Principles 156
10 Manners Training and Prevention of Common Behavior Problems 180
Part 3 Health and Disease: Taking Care and Keeping Fit 211
11 Infectious Diseases and Vaccination Programs 213
12 Common Noninfectious Disorders of Dogs 234
13 Internal Parasites 255
14 External Parasites 271
15 First Aid Procedures for Dogs 283
Part 4 Nutrition: Feeding for Health and Longevity 305
16 Nutrient Requirements of the Dog 307
17 Providing a Healthy Diet 327
18 Feeding for Health Throughout Life 339
19 Common Feeding Problems 354
Glossary 380
Index 385

Linda P. Case, MS 
She is well-known author, canine nutritionist, and dog trainer. She was a lecturer in canine and feline science in the Animal Sciences Department at the University of Illinois for 15 years and then taught companion animal behavior and training at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Linda is the author of numerous publications and nine books, including Feeding Smart with The Science Dog, Dog Smart, Beware the Straw Man, and Dog Food Logic. She owns and operates The Science Dog Courses, an on-line education program that provides courses and webinars to pet owners and professionals ( She is also the author of the popular Science Dog Blog (

Item Code: ETOLO121
ISBN: 9781119036760
Weigth: 1200 g
Species: Dog/Cat
Discipline: Behavioural medicine
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