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BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF - UNDERSTANDING THE CONNECTION AND THE CONFUSION
by Jessica Addams and Andrew Miller (See other books by author)


Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
Edition:
2012 Paperback, 200 pages

ISBN: 9781617810558
Item: W213
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Summary: Is a dog a wolf? Yes and no. Get beyond stereotypes and learn what science and research can teach us about the differences as well as similarities between the domestic dog and its wild and hybrid wolf relations.

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Dogs are dogs and wolves are wolves. Except when they aren’t!
Most scientists now agree that the dog is a subspecies of wolf—Canis lupus familiaris. And while most wolves look and act differently from most dogs, it can be very hard to make accurate identifications, especially since wolves and dogs can and do interbreed and certain breeds of dogs look and act a lot like wolves. Having spent years employed at Wolf Park, in Indiana, authors Jessica Addams and Andrew Miller have encountered hundreds of so-called wolves that turned out to be dogs, hybrids that exhibit the characteristics of both wolves and dogs, and even pure wolves that act like dogs. Between Dog and Wolf takes a fascinating look at how wolves and dogs are related, why they can be so hard to tell apart and what rescue organizations need to know when they encounter a canine of unknown origins.

You will learn:
• How and why there are so many misconceptions about wolf behavior.
• What evolutionary forces turned “good social hunters” (wolves) into animals whose key adaptation was to become “good with people” (dogs).
• Which physical and behavioral characteristics displayed by an animal tend to indicate it’s a dog vs. a wolf…usually!
• The state of DNA testing and what it can and can’t tell you about the genetic make-up of dogs and wolves.

Praise for Between Dog and Wolf
Well written, thoroughly researched and grounded in science, this book is a must-read for all shelter personnel, as well as anyone who wants a deeper insight into the often misunderstood animals known as wolfdogs.
Nicole Wilde, author Living with Wolfdogs and Wolfdogs A-Z

Intelligently written, good style, and based on an enlightened experience…This could be the best dog/wolf book ever written.
Ray Coppinger, co-author Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution

Animal shelters have to make triage decisions all the time with wolf dog hybrids which are usually deemed defacto too dangerous and euthanized—unless they can be quickly placed with a qualified hybrid rescue. Addams and Miller provide a book which provides shelter workers the necessary background on behavior traits and guidelines so that decisions can be based on the behavior of the animals in front of them rather than on a questionable label that merely refers to their supposed ancestry. This book gives shelters tools to make humane decisions about animals turned in as wolf dog hybrids.
Pat Goodmann, M.S., has worked with Wolf Park’s wolves since 1974, plays a primary role in teaching Wolf Park’s seminars, and guides its behavioral research program.

Jessica Addams and Andrew Miller have nearly twenty years of collective work at Wolf Park, a non-profit education and research facility in Battle Ground, Indiana. Both started as visitors, moved up to long-term internships, and eventually became full-time staff. Besides working with wolves, they have always been involved with animals and the study of animal behavior. Their degrees are in biology and wildlife science. Jessica and Andrew own and train their own dogs and other pets, and read voraciously.

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...Addams and Miller share a wealth of knowledge and research about wolves. They wisely comment about the important differences between the behavior of wolves studied in captivity and natural behaviors of wolves in the wild. For example, many of our thoughts about dominance are based on the behavior of captive wolves, which tend to have more pronounced displays. In the wild, the typical wolf pack is a breeding pair and their offspring. Given the obvious age, size, and experience difference, there’s really no question the parents are in charge. When younger wolves reach puberty, they leave the family to find a mate and start their own pack. In captivity, unrelated adults are often put together, with no obvious main mating pair. This can lead to more dominance behaviors than would be seen in the wild... Dawn Marcus, author of Fit as Fido


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, February 22, 2013
Reviewer: Katherine Lucy
Amazing information. Extremely well researched; with terrific photograghs of both dogs and wolves. It is amazing that so many people could confuse a dog with a wolf. Genetics, of course, make it virtually impossible to distinguish a canid from a canid and anyone stuggling with dog laws knows the impossiblity to use DNA to prove a wolf is not a dog. A dog is a wolf, but the imformation is incredible. As a dog lover with an adopted wolf at Wolf Park I cannot believe so many people think that their dog is a wolf, or would want to try to housebreak a wolf and keep it in a domestic environment is so unreasonable and unthinking. This is an intriguing work whether you just like dogs, or need to evaluate possible wolves for introduction into a family home.
 
Required Reading for Serious Dog Students, April 26, 2012
Reviewer: Victoria Hagemeister
The authors do an excellent job of explaining the characteristics of wolves and dogs so that anyone can understand how they are similar and different. One of the most important take-aways from this book is that because there is only a 1% difference in the DNA of dogs and wolves it is entirely possible for dogs to exhibit both physical and behavioral characteristics of wolves. I have to wonder if this could help explain dogs whose serious temperament flaws, such as severe shyness or extreme resource guarding, make them unfit as pets.

Another important concept comes from the chapter on identifying wolf and wolf hybrids. First, the authors point out that there is a 6000 times more likely chance that a suspected wolf/wolf hybrid is actually a dog because there are so many more dogs in the world than wolves and wolf hybrids. Second, they state that each animal must be viewed as an individual. If the animal under evaluation shows dog-like behavior characteristics such as friendliness to unfamiliar humans then it should be treated as a dog regardless of how it looks or its purported parentage.

By looking at dogs, wolves and wolf hybrids in a dispassionate manner the authors help dispel the hysteria that surrounds wolf hybrids and gives shelters and rescues a logical method for determining the best outcome for suspected individuals that come into their care.
 
Excellent Resource, February 26, 2012
Reviewer: Barbara Handelman
Between 'Dog and Wolf' is an excellent resource for anyone who thinks he or she lives with a wolf hybrid; and for those considering a wolf hybrid as a potential pet. The book contains a wealth of well organized information that is based on careful research into wolf ethology and behavior. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand both wolves and dogs, and why wolf hybrids are not suitable pet candidates. This book clearly explains why wolves are not dogs, and dogs are not wolves. Furthermore, it helps put to rest the many myths about the role of 'dominance' in dog to dog and canine and human relationships. The photo illustrations, especially those by Monty Sloan are superb. Barbara Handelman, author of 'Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook:
 

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