Researcher explores close prehistoric relationship between humans and dogs
It seems that for dogs, at least where humans are concerned, eyes really are But where does that unique symbiosis begin, one that has long. No other animal has the in built peace of mind to sleep like they're in a coma for 8 hours, we can do this because we evolved with dogs. What role have dogs played in human evolution? is not the first to have suggested a close relationship with dogs provided an advantage for Where, actually, did this symbiosis occur, and when did it lead to domestication?.
Canine and able: how dogs made us human
Look around and see the sheep. This brings me to Diet; Were humans omnivores before they met dogs? Well yes, probably, but I doubt meat made up such a large portion of our diet. Meat would have become more and more available thanks to canines, they aren't about to hunt berries for us.
And can we really be attributed for moulding ourselves into predominantly carnivores? When considering all the predatory attributes we lack, it seems extremely doubtful that we are soley responsible for our love of meat, it makes sense if you consider our relationship with dogs though. I believe our heightened carnivorousness is more a result of farming and the leaving behind of hunting foraging practices.
I think here is the source of heightened brain power as well. More energy creates the possibility of larger engines. The common misconception that is generally assumed with the historical induction of canines in to human society, is that they started scavenging on the fringes of our successful cities and we felt sorry for their puppy dog eyes and let them join us. But we couldn't be more wrong. Its more likely that we owe these cities to dogs. It is only recently that dogs have been anything other than hard working partners helping us survive in countless ways.
Who knows exactly how big a role dogs played in our evolution? What would we be if we never had the time and peace of mind to comfortably dream? Well I for one am not confident sciforums would exist for starters, it seems unlikely the written word would even exist. Horses, for instance, opened up frontiers and cultivated land; they fought wars and carried our growing possessions. For many people owning a dog is more than a decision they make, its an instinctual unexplainable urge.
They feel empty without one. Probably similar to the feeling a clown fish with no anemone to rest in has, or the itch that the ox with no oxpecker's endures.
Some people don't want a dog at all, but are they really human according to the homo-sapien standard? Well not really, they are are more like a modern off-shoot, that perhaps could be refered to as the traitor-sapien. I believe the urge you speak of has more to do with mans domestication than any need for canines.
The loss is one of man for man. Men have lost their pack, their identity, their nature and this longing is filled by a base creature that with its basic instinctive natureundying loyalty and primitiveness reminds us of what we are and reconnects us with a memory of our real selves. Men own dogs for entertainment and for work but also for filling the loneliness caused by modern life, to feel that sensation of belonging to an unhindered and loyal pack or tribe, to make up for personal limitations and weaknesses.
I remember serving on a border area, when I was in the Greek army, and we had 4 dogs there to keep away wolves and bears.
Domestic Dogs and Cats
Now that might seem a good result for those who think hunting inhumane or indefensible when adequate other food sources are available. I would respect that opinion. But hunting dogs and herding dogs are also used to manage wildlife and aid wildlife biologists in doing field research. Various rodent killing dogs perform a valuable service on farms and stables and they too enjoy their job immensely. Since rats and mice are one of the most UNendangered and prolific species on earth, I doubt that the time will come when a good rodent extermination dog will not be valued.
Researcher explores close prehistoric relationship between humans and dogs
But my main emphasis is on pet dogs. Family companion dogs do a marvelous job of keeping their humans happier, healthierand mentally better balanced while the humans give the dogs companionship and play as well as the mundane necesities of food, shelter, and health care.
Some of the health benefits to humans are well proven by research, such as the better survival of heart attack patients who live with any kind of pet. The value of dogs willing work in assisting humans with various disabilities is well known and yet we may only have begun to discover their full abilities in these regards. Because there are so many cases of pet dogs appointing themselves to be seizure warning dogs and to give other forms of handicap assistance, without any consious training from the human involved though I think the humans almost certainly are giving praise and other rewards when the dog offers these self-invented behaviorsit is clear that the dog is getting some kind of enjoyment out of doing these useful things.
Cats have only been domesticated for a few thousand years, and in some senses are less completely domesticated than dogs are. But there is no doubt that the relationship of house-cat and human family usually is mutually beneficial when the human keeps up his end of the bargain and that pet cats keep their people happierhealthier, and more sane than otherwise.
As rodent control in stables and on farms, the cat's services are both enjoyable to the cat and so valuable to humans that there have been societies that have worshipped cats for this reason. I think worship may be going too far, but the cats think it just barely goes far enough. To that end, any legislation regarding dog and cat breeding or dog and cat sterilization MUST recognize that without responsible breeders there will be no more puppies and kittens with the temperament and behavior qualities to become good pets.
Good breeders must be protected, while the not so good ones are discouraged or restricted. A good breederdefined as one who produces puppies or kittens with the qualities needed to become good pets, is one who raises litters inside the house, socializes them appropriatelyand does appropriate basic training puppy pre-school and kitty kindergarten, if you like those termsand who selects parents on the basis of good behavioral qualities and normal health and absence of those genetic health problems that can be detected with current technology.
Note well that current technology will be changing rapidly now that the dog and cat genomes have been sequences. Within another decade or so we can expect to have DNA tests for many of the more serious heritable health problems, rather than the few tests we have today in Now it is just plain impossible to do this kind of rearing for good socialization and pre-school training if one is breeding on a large scale unless one is set up with professional staff and plentiful volunteers to do rearing in the manner that the various Disability Assistance Dog organizations do.
Large scale breeding should be presumed to be suspect as not likely to produce happy healthy pets unless it is done as some kind of service dog program and typically these programs are run by organizations that qualify as c3 non-profit organizations.
Very few dogs have any hope of survival if turned loose into a "natural" habitat. The vast majority would die horribly within the first month and for the rest their lives would become "nastybrutal, and short". From the point of view of human welfare, any surviving feral dogs would be a disaster.
They would be a reservoir for Rabies that would be more dangerous than the current main reservoirs of skunks and bats. Being better able to prey on livestock than on wild prey, they would be a serious plague on livestock ranches. Having far less fear of humans than a genuinely wild animal, packs of feral dogs would be a very serious danger of attack on children and even on adults.
The "big bad wolf" is afraid of humans and avoids them, but the first half dozen generations of feral dogs will be sufficiently unafraid to possibly consider humans as dinner or as competition for territory.