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Dogs and humans have been working and playing together for as long as 30,000 years. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the most critical components of a successful human-animal relationship, and requires students to synthesize what they learn about biology and behavior. This is accomplished by first examining the origin of the relationship between humans and dogs, and follows the development of the dog from the first stages of domestication through present day by including the dog's physiology, structure, reproduction and genetics. Next, developmental behavior of the dog is examined from birth to adulthood, as well as breed specific behaviors. Learning process and principles of training are also investigated through several common behavior problems and their solutions. Health, disease, and nutrition are also discussed.
Semester Hours: 3
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