Presenter Information

Laura Noel, University of Wyoming

Department

Veterinary Science

First Advisor

Dr. Donal O’Tool

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The behavior of the modern domesticated dog is heavily influenced in its evolutio nary history. I studied the evolution of the domestic dog from its origins and applied this evolutionary history to understanding the behavior of domestic dogs, and how it differs from undomesticated canine species. I also studied the process of artificia l selection implemented by humans in the derivation of the numerous breeds of dog present today. I specifically looked at the modern domesticated dog breed groups, as outlined by the American Kennel Club, and how the evolutionary history of specific groups and breeds has affected the typical behavior of those breeds. This knowledge is important to understanding how and why dogs behave the way they do and has significant application in selecting a dog as a pet, as well as training.

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Oral Presentation, UW Honors Program

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Dog Behavio r: An Evolutionary Perspective

The behavior of the modern domesticated dog is heavily influenced in its evolutio nary history. I studied the evolution of the domestic dog from its origins and applied this evolutionary history to understanding the behavior of domestic dogs, and how it differs from undomesticated canine species. I also studied the process of artificia l selection implemented by humans in the derivation of the numerous breeds of dog present today. I specifically looked at the modern domesticated dog breed groups, as outlined by the American Kennel Club, and how the evolutionary history of specific groups and breeds has affected the typical behavior of those breeds. This knowledge is important to understanding how and why dogs behave the way they do and has significant application in selecting a dog as a pet, as well as training.