BZ 479 - Biology and Behavior of Dogs

  • 3 credits
  • Fort Collins , Online

This course enables students to develop a comprehensive understanding of how aspects of physiology, neurobiology, development and genetics influence the behavior of domestic dogs. Evolution and domestication will be explored as contextual reference for some behavior problems, and differentiated from true abnormal behavior. Emphasis will be on interpreting scientific experiments in canine biology.

Students who complete this course will have a working knowledge of learning theory and how the biology of dogs affects behavior. Course topics include:

  • Behavior and ecology of domestic and wild dogs
  • Theories of domestication
  • Sensory perception and its relationship to behavior
  • Body language and communication
  • The brain and behavior
  • Morphological and behavioral genetics
  • Genetic disorders of domestic dogs
  • Social, biological, and behavioral development of dogs
  • Applied behavior and training methods
  • Understanding abnormal and problem behaviors

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students; for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center


LIFE 103 (Biology of Organisms - Animals and Plants) or BZ 110 (Principles of Animal Biology).

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Dog Behaviour, Evolution and Cognition, 2nd Ed.
    Miklosi, Adam
    ISBN: 978-0199646661
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