Embracing the wild in your dog.
307 Orchard City Drive, Suite 210, Campbell, CA 95008
9781619334717, $16.95, 174pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: In most American households, dogs have trumped over evolution itself and jumped straight from being domesticated work animals to four legged humans where they are adorned with human names, designer outfits and fed diets that would confound even the best nutritionist. In most cases, we've granted them our human intelligence and our sacred human emotions as well. They are no longer dogs to us, they're family! Yet, for all that man has done to carve the wolf from the wild to create a surrogate human, today's dog is still a wolf at heart and the accompanying instincts borne from such ancestry defines how the dog approaches its world. 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 sense of altruism as attributed to humans has led to a drastic increase in leash laws, dogs being outlawed in a rising number of city and national parks, some breeds being banned in several states, an alarming escalation of aggression to humans, a rising cost in homeowner and business insurance, and a record number of clinically maladaptive dogs. "Embracing the Wild in Your Dog: An Understanding of the Authors of Your Dog's Behavior--Nature and the Wolf" is not a training book. It does not cover obedience topics...