2014 APDT Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show

WE06 - A Short History of Man's Best Friend

Oct 15, 2014 2:00pm ‐ Oct 15, 2014 5:15pm

Standard: $20.00

Description

I have spent the last five years traveling the world trying to understand the mysterious origins of dogs. At first I believed those who said that people created dogs by selecting tame wolves to help them hunt. Then I spoke to people who know wolves and realized you could never take one hunting. Then I believed those who told me dogs arose when people started agriculture and wolves that lingered around our trash became dogs. But then I spoke to archeologists who have evidence of dogs from before agriculture started. The idea of dogs as trash scavengers is also difficult to reconcile with the intimate space they occupy in human homes. Now I have finally cracked how dogs came to be – a process that involved multiple steps over thousands of years. A process I call, "The Genesis of Dogs in Seven Days.

Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate that there is a mystery surrounding the origin of the dog
  • Understand the limitations of existing theories of the origins of dogs
  • Assess "The Genesis of Dogs in Seven Days."

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