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Good if you want a history into dogs evolution and how they work, but essential reading when owning dogs - not really!
on 19 May 2015
I enjoyed reading this book and it made a lot of sense... However I have one major issue with it, in order to understand our dogs the author talks about the evolution from the grey wolf... completely agree with all the arguments for this. BUT he refuses to explore a topic that I feel is crucial. He says we should only study grey wolfs in their natural environment to understand dogs, because the grey wolf in captivity doesn't behave naturally, as the situation is forced, ie they live with wolfs from different families, they are more hostile, they form a pack hierarchy etc etc. However don't WE do exactly the same to dogs in our houses?! So therefore looking at the behavior of wolfs before and after captivity could help us truly understand how our dogs I feel. I think there is so much fear that people are going to dominate and punish their dogs that they are trying to get the message out that this isn't necessary and I do agree to a point, but a man with such potential to not only study wolf and dog in a natural capacity should also consider more a wolf and dog in captivity, especially our homes. This way we could truly ensure the right balance of communication and dedication for our dogs.
For the above I've knocked a star of, however it does open your eyes up to the evolution of dogs, and I would be so so so much more picky about selecting a breeder if I were to buy a puppy.
The second star I've knocked off is for the dismissal of a dog who has missed their key socialization periods. I have a rescue who missed this and the book makes me feel that I should give up on him because too much damage is done. He may be right but we will see!