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Princeton University Press, November 2021
Softcover, 240 pages
21.6cm × 14cm

A Dog's World Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World without Humans

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From two of the world's leading authorities on dogs, an imaginative journey into a future of dogs without people

What would happen to dogs if humans simply disappeared? Would dogs be able to survive on their own without us? A Dog's World imagines a post-human future for dogs, revealing how dogs would survive-and possibly even thrive - and explaining how this new and revolutionary perspective can guide how we interact with dogs now.

Drawing on biology, ecology, and the latest findings on the lives and behaviour of dogs and their wild relatives, Jessica Pierce and Marc Bekoff - two of today's most innovative thinkers about dogs - explore who dogs might become without direct human intervention into breeding, arranged playdates at the dog park, regular feedings, and veterinary care.

Pierce and Bekoff show how dogs are quick learners who are highly adaptable and opportunistic, and offer compelling evidence that dogs already do survive on their own - and could do so in a world without us.

Challenging the notion that dogs would be helpless without their human counterparts, A Dog's World enables us to understand these independent and remarkably intelligent animals on their own terms.

'The genius of this book lies in the way it reveals how fact-based knowledge can lead to a richer, deeper understanding of the unique talents and abilities of our fellow creatures.' - Mark Derr, author of Dog's Best Friend

'This entertaining and challenging book will enlarge our respect for beloved creatures we too often take for granted.' - Sy Montgomery, author of How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

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