Wonderdog: The Science of Dogs and Their Unique Relationship with Humans

Pegasus. Nov. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781639362622. $27.95. PETS
British zoologist, author of children’s and adult titles about the natural world, and TV host Howard thoroughly explores the science of dogs in this title. Howard explains how much dogs truly understand of the world, how they feel their emotions, and, most importantly, what their relationships to humans mean for them and for us. The author dates his research back to Darwin and moves through time to discover where these questions began and how they have evolved over the years. The research is separated into three sections: the medical use of dogs, the sociology behind dogs, and the emotional connection. Howard has very clearly done his research on the subject, which is supplemented throughout the book with numerous footnotes, which sometimes border on being overwhelming. What he does well, however, is incorporating his own stories throughout the research to make it more informal while still being informative.
VERDICT This is a solid study on man’s best friend that can be enjoyed by the casual reader or the historian alike, with an exceptional balance of entertainment and educational value.
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