I'm a maverick scholar, known for disproving many scientific hypotheses. In this book,. I show that dogs domesticated themselves. They weren't tamed by humans. My conclusions come both from my lifelong experiences with dogs and from cutting edge science in dog studies, a hot topic in academia today. Becsuse I taught science for 40 years, I know how to write it so that it's not dry or stilted in any way. Reviewers have praised it highly as a real page turner.
Many people think that dogs can't make decisions because they don't have human language. But, my experiences with Flippy, my dog when I was a child, show he decided both whom to include a a family member, and that I was his special charge.
Humans, Dogs, and Civilization
Flippy not only decided to be my caregiver, he decided he was part of our family. Considering that some of us lived together in one three-story tenement house, two lived in New York but visited every two weeks or so, and two were in college, this was not a simple matter of assuming that people under one roof were family members. There were a plethora of other family members, like my grandmother’s brothers and all their children. We also had grown-up cousins living nearby who popped by regularly. Flippy treated all of them as family.