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By studying the dog worldwide Ray and Lorna Coppinger propose that it evolved as a highly successful scavenger with its behavior then being shaped by the environment and the effects of human adoption. These processes have made the dog the most successful wolf ever, yet also something interestingly bizarre, which is discussed at length in this seminar.
Part 1: An Introduction to Village Dogs and the Mexico City Dump An overview of village dogs around the world, heading for Mexico and its amazing dump dog population. Why are the Mexico City Dump Dogs so interesting to all of us who raise, train or show dogs or simply revel in the ‘pety-ness’, and crucial to our understanding of dog behavior and population adaptation and survival.
Part 2: The Behavioral Ecology of Dogs A fascinating examination of what Darwin didn’t know about dogs: how dogs earn a living biologically and an exploration of the costs involved. Founder effects and natural selection at work in the dump. Methods of studying behavioral ecology: are the Mexico City Dump Dogs all that different to those living in other ecosystems? What can the behavior of dump dogs tell us about that of our own captive pet dogs?
Part 3: The Evolution of Dog Behavior Exploring the similarity of village dogs around the world from Ethiopia to Mexico and their relationships with people. The Mexico City Dump Dogs don’t really need the people who live alongside them, so why do they like each other? Why is life in the Mexico City Dump a foraging, social and reproductive paradise for the dump dogs, except for the juveniles? Observing the continuous evolution of dog behaviour in the dump.
Part 4: Village Dog Welfare and Management. An invited discussion on stage; with Professor Coppinger are Elly Hilby, Jack Johnston and Tam Watson on canine welfare and population control projects around the world, with comment and questions from the audience followed by closing remarks.