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Wild Discovery Guide to Your Dog: Understanding and Caring for the Wolf Within
     

Wild Discovery Guide to Your Dog: Understanding and Caring for the Wolf Within

by Margaret Lewis, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (Foreword by)
 
"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

Overview

"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 Dog answers 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 Dog breaks 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 bondingduring 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 Dog will strike the fancy of first-time dog owners and veteran dog lovers alike.

Editorial Reviews

Rhoda Riddell
Wild Discovery Guide to Your Cat: Understanding and Caring for the Tiger Within... and Wild Discovery Guide to Your Dog: Understanding and Caring for the Wolf Within... are the perfect gifts for pet lovers, but they offer something for everyone. The 300 superb photographs of dogs and cats in domestic life and in the wild provide visual delight for any age reader. For the student, the books offers clear, authoritative information for a school report. Would-be and new pet owners can learn everything they need to know in detailed instruction on how to select, care for, and understand dogs or cats....
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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.--Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563318054
Publisher:
Discovery Channel
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Foreword to Wild Discovery Guide to Your Dog
ISBN: 1-56331-805-9
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Author of The Hidden Life of Dogs

Why do dogs enjoy such popularity among members of our species? Perhaps because they possess many of the qualities to which we also aspire, attributes such as intelligence, strength, loyalty, and a sense of purpose, to name but a few.
        ...How much better we would be as dog owners if we knew who dogs really are, and understood what motivates them? To do so, however, we must benefit from many different kinds of information...to compile a comprehensive book about an animal as complex as a dog is no easy task, but fortunately... the editors of this work have done so to perfection.... here is new material combined with old wisdom, as informative as it is entertaining.

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