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Wild discovery guide to your dog : understanding and caring for the wolf within
Discovery Channel Publishing.
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New York : Discovery Books, 1999.
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216 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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"How much better we would be as dog owners if we knew who dogs really are and understood what motivates them." --from the Foreword by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Why are dogs typically so devoted to their human companions? What is "pack mentality," and what does it have to do with your dog? How did breeds as different as Great Danes and dachshunds evolve? What kind of dog is best for a household with small children? From barking to marking, wet noses to wagging tails,Wild Discovery Guide to Your Doganswers the most puzzling questions you've ever had about these most companionable animals. In the spirit of the Discovery Channel television series Wild Discovery, this book delves into the heart of dog behavior, every beat of which is, in fact, an echo of the wolf ancestors in each dog's bloodline. You'll recognize the wolf's defense of territory in your dog's wild barking at every passing postal worker, and see wolf-pack hierarchy in the domestic dog's devotion to his human master. Written in an accessible, authoritative style,Wild Discovery Guide to Your Dogbreaks through "smart dog, dumb dog" misconceptions, instead offering fascinating insights into dog learning, language, and intelligence, all factors influenced by the legacy of the wild dog within. This book is also packed with practical tips on the fundamentals of dog care, particularly as they relate to your dog's breed, his heightened senses, and the various life stages through which he'll pass. Included is expert advice on choosing a dog to suit your lifestyle, caring responsibly for your pet, dog-proofing your home, and ensuring a smooth transition and proper bonding during the first days at home. Once the dog is a member of your family, this useful guide explains how best to play with him, keep him safe, and even train him and travel with him. Everything you need to know to keep your dog healthy and happy is covered, including feeding and nutrition, cleaning and grooming, common health problems, fighting fleas, pregnancy and birth, caring for an aging dog, vet visits, and emergency care. A detailed breed breviary rounds out the book. The spotlight is on each of the fifty most popular dog pedigrees: its origin, life expectancy, coat type, grooming requirements, size, activity level, and temperament. An informative dog owner's resource guide follows. Generously illustrated with more than 225 appealing, full-color photographs showing the striking similarities between domestic and wild dogs,Wild Discovery Guide to Your Dogwill strike the fancy of first-time dog owners and veteran dog lovers alike.

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Booklist Review

Two new books are terrific introductory guides to our most popular pets--dogs and cats. The structure and topics of each book are similar. Both books relate the physical and behavioral attributes of dogs and cats to their wild ancestors. This approach fosters understanding of why these companion animals look, and especially act, the way they do. Each book is divided into six chapters that cover the animal's body and senses; behavior; selecting a pet; living with and training the pet; pet care and breeding; and the various breeds. Each chapter is subdivided into sections such as pack mentality (dogs); feline sleep (cats); intelligence; shopping around (choosing a pet); and my favorite, responsible pet ownership. Written in a practical, matter-of-fact writing style, each section is full of good advice about such matters as introducing the new pet to the household and (most important) behavior. Explaining what the dog or cat is doing in the context of its wild relatives (and why a particular trait enhances the survival of the wild cousins) is a particular strength of both books. Resource guides at the end of each book give tips on topics such as handling emergencies, poisons and poisonous plants, and breed associations. Both books are well illustrated with color drawings and photos. These excellent primers for the first-time pet owner, with tidbits that will surprise the veterans, are highly recommended for all libraries. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

Relying on the expertise of veterinarians, animal behaviorists, and zoologists, these two titles explore the connection of domestic dogs and cats to their counterparts in the wild to help owners better understand their pets. Clearly explained are the similarities between big cats and domestic cats (for example, hunting, the senses, and territoriality) and the common traits of wolves and domestic dogs (e.g., pack mentality, canine teeth, and ears). Chapters on behavior discuss body language, vocal language, learning, and intelligence. The advice on nutrition, health problems, pregnancy, aging pets, and emergency care is straightforward and easy to understand. Dispersed throughout, informational boxes give concise advice and checklists on topics such as alternative vet care, defending territory, and bathing. Each volume has 300 wonderful full-color illustrations and photographs. More informative than The Tiger on Your Couch: What the Big Cats Can Teach You About Your House Cat (LJ 3/1/92), these volumes are entertaining as well as educational and would be useful in public and school libraries.ÄEva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.