Having a problem with your dog? Read this book. Your friend having a problem with his dog? Tell him to read this book.
Why? Because this book will help you understand your dog. You will understand why your dog does what he does.
The author grew up in Alaska where he got to see how wolves live. He has also spent a lot of time learning about dogs, and currently runs a training program for dogs.
Reading this book could save you a whole lot of trouble. If you can handle it.
I know some people who can’t handle it. They insist their dogs are pretty much the same as people. My grandmother did that. Her dogs never did get potty trained because she couldn’t/wouldn’t do it, nor would she let anyone else do it. She got upset with me if I made the dogs mind.
I learned why my big dog keeps going after my guineas. Me. That’s why. Partly anyway. The dogs know not to go in the chicken yard, and they won’t go in there even if the gate is open. BUT, if the guineas or chickens get inside the regular yard, the dogs think they are fair game. Unless I’m out there. If I am there they will leave them alone, unless I’m silly enough to make them think I’m hunting. I will say the dogs are much better at getting the fowl back in the yard than I am. The chickens don’t like it though, and tend not to lay well after the dogs chase them.
Now I just have to figure out what to do about it, and if I actually have the will to do it.
The book has some stories about growing up in Alaska, that are interesting. He used to go on twenty mile hikes in the snow. Very different from growing up in Arkansas. For us town folks anyway.
About the book (from back cover):
The ontogeny of anthropomorphism, where we attach our human traits to our pets, is the most damaging and paralytic problem associated with dog ownership today. Believing in a fairy tale world where dogs possess the same moral consciousness and a sense of altruism as attributed to humans has led to consequences that include a drastic increase maladjusted dogs, more rigorous curbs on dog owners and attacks occurring at historical levels.
This book is not a dog obedience book. Rather, it is about developing a deep understanding of the authors of your dog’s behavior; nature and the wolf. For all that man has done to carve the wolf from the wild to create a biological doll, today’s dog is still a wolf at heart and the accompanying instincts borne from such ancestry defines how the dog approaches its world.
In this book, you will come to know the wolf in your dog and the tools that nature gave it to survive and coexist in both the mountains and in your home. You will learn how activating and deactivating the natural wolf impulses and mechanisms in your dog will lead to the harmonious existence and the control you always dreamed of. Most of all, you will come to embrace the wild in your dog and the grace and the peace that is breathed into its acceptance.
About the Author:
Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Bryan Bailey grew to appreciate the wildness of the land and its abundant wildlife. In particular, he developed a fondness for the gray wolves that roamed the vast mountain ranges and forests near his home. Under the guidance of a Special Forces Survival Instructor, he spent years studying the social interactions of wolves in their packs and discovered that, beyond obvious physical similarities, there were also behavioral similarities between the wolves and the sled dogs that were his family’s pets.
Bryan has traveled to over thirty countries in Europe, Africa, the jungles of southeast Asia and the remote regions above the arctic circle in his pursuit of learning the behaviors of hyenas, lions, tigers and the gray wolf, with an emphasis on how instinct, passed from the gray wolf, has affected the behavior of our domestic dogs.
Bryan is currently busy writing his second book, “The Hammer – Understanding Canine Aggression.” He hopes the book will educate readers about the most dominant tool in the wolf and dog’s bag of survival equipment – Aggression (The Hammer). This tool has allowed for ingestion, digestion, reproduction and survival by wolves for thousands of years in a very hostile and competitive world and it was passed to our dogs. Its use by our dogs is often misinterpreted and misunderstood and this has led to an increase in avoidable attacks to dog owners and their children.
I received a free book to review.