by Bryan Bailey
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher; Bryan Bailey
Pub Date: September 2015
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Some time ago, dogs became as interwoven in the American culture as baseball, apple pie and the Fourth of July. In fact, in most households, the dogs have even trumped evolution itself and jumped straight to being 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.
This book is not a training book. It does not cover obedience topics such as heel, sit, down, stay, and come. Instead, it's about righting the ship of American dog ownership by changing our perception of our dogs. It is about the author growing up in the Alaskan wild under the tutelage and guardianship of a Special Forces survival instructor who introduced him to the ways of wolves and the similarities they shared with dogs. It is about the wisdom and splendor of nature and the many life lessons she provides. Mostly, it about developing a deep understanding of the authors of your dog's behavior; nature and the wolf. In doing so, you will truly learn who and what your dog really is and the whys and hows of its behavior. You will learn the tools that nature gave them to survive and coexist in both the mountains and in our homes. You will learn how activating and deactivating natural impulses and mechanisms in your dog will lead to the harmonious existence and the control you always dreamed of.
Most of all, you will come to embrace the wild in your dog and the grace and the peace that is breathed into its acceptance.
My Review: I love a good dog book, and one that can give me some insight on why things are. Which is always a good thing being the parent of dogs.
Anywho, this isn't a book that will train your dog or anything like that. But more like how dogs are like our kids and have a place with us humans and just loved. They are spoiled with love, food, toys, and everything you can think of. Yet, there is always that wolf, hidden within your dog.
It gets into the wolf instinct and how its affect with the way we see dogs today. Its a bit of a thinker, and there are a lot of true facts with how things are today. It was an interesting read. It wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, yet I still enjoyed it. Its a bit difficult to explain, since its one of those books you just need to read in order to understand. But it really is a nice read for anyone and if you are a dog lover, then dive into this book. Its a quick read, but worth it!