Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Book Review: 'Embracing the Wild in Your Dog' by Bryan Bailey

Tennessee author Bryan Bailey was raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and grew to appreciate the wildness of the land and its abundant wildlife. As this inspiring book points out, he developed a fondness for the gray wolves that roamed the vast mountain ranges and forests near his home. Under the guidance of a Special Forces Survival Instructor, he spent years studying the social interactions of wolves in their packs and discovered that, beyond obvious physical similarities, there were also behavioral similarities between the wolves and the sled dogs that were his family's pets. He has become a Master at understanding how nature has influenced the inner workings of the canine mind, allowing him to utilize her lesson plan to shape the behaviors in our dogs that are necessary for them to conform to our human existence. By doing this, and accepting the dog for the domestic wolf that it is, Bryan produces a dog that responds to his owner's commands with not only steadfast reliability, but with the spirit and vitality of the wolf.

Reviewing a book of this nature is almost a spoiler as it is the experience of Bryan’s growing into the canine mind that develops so keenly on the pages of his book. There is more research and experience expressed in this transformative work that should be a one on one experience with Bryan as he allows his concept of the secrets of the wildness in our dogs to emerge. More than a book, this is a communication with nature. Read and grow. Grady Harp, November 15

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.