Is My Dog a Wolf?: How Your Pet Compares to Its Wild Cousin

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He’s wagging his tail, fetching the Frisbee, and eager to get petted—in short, Fido’s living up to his title as “man’s best friend.” But the domesticated dog’s got a special secret: in many ways, he’s really a lot like a wolf. Using amazing close-up images she shot inside a real wolf lair, as well as museum-quality historical pictures and illustrations, award-winning author and photographer Jenni Bidner compares the pet pup with his wild ancestor. Why did dogs become dogs and wolves stay wolves? Should you ever ...
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He’s wagging his tail, fetching the Frisbee, and eager to get petted—in short, Fido’s living up to his title as “man’s best friend.” But the domesticated dog’s got a special secret: in many ways, he’s really a lot like a wolf. Using amazing close-up images she shot inside a real wolf lair, as well as museum-quality historical pictures and illustrations, award-winning author and photographer Jenni Bidner compares the pet pup with his wild ancestor. Why did dogs become dogs and wolves stay wolves? Should you ever have a wolf in the house—or a hybrid? And exactly why do dogs like to lick your face? Along the way, Bidner debunks popular myths about wolves and provides a true and fascinating look at their behavior.

In addition to being an accomplished photographer and award-winning author of over a dozen books—including The Kids' Guide to Digital Photography and Dog HeroesJenni Bidner is a canine (K9) handler with Illinois-Wisconsin Search & Rescue Dogs. This nonprofit organization assists police and fire departments in locating lost and missing people.

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"Kids will be fascinated by the similarities between their friendly pets and wild wolves."—Booklist
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Dogs and wolves share a common ancestor from many, many years ago. As a result, they have many things in common. However, you could not tame a wolf, and a dog left out in the woods would not become a wolf. Wolves are wild animals and even those raised by humans in captivity are dangerous. Wolves are happiest in the wild, far away from humans. Dogs on the other hand are domesticated and do many things for their human companions. What do they have in common? Wolves live in packs. Dogs live in packs as well. The other members of their pack include the humans they live with, as well as other pets. Dogs and wolves are social animals. Both dogs and wolves have a very good sense of smell. Wolves use their noses for hunting, and sometimes dogs are given the job of using their noses to detect illegal drugs or to find missing people. Dogs and wolves have very good hearing and they use their ears and body language to communicate with each other. Wolves and dogs like to play fight. Dogs need to learn to play fight and not hurt their human companions. Wolves fight to protect their food; their survival depends on it. Dogs may feel the same instinct to protect their food even though they are fed and do not need to hunt. Nicely designed, this book is well illustrated with photographs and the format is easy to read and enjoy.
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Gr 3-6-This book identifies instinctual behaviors in wolves, such as pack living, licking and biting at one another, and howling, and describes how they are manifested in the common house dog, even though the species changed thousands of years ago. Bidner touches on myths as well, citing references to the Big Bad Wolf of "Red Riding Hood" fame and Aesop's fable about the wolf and the dog. Clear color photographs beautifully illustrate the text. This informative, entertaining title is suitable for reports and for general reading.-Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579907327
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)

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