They don't go back to being wolves though, even over many many generations. They go to being feral dogs, which are quite distinct from wolves both morphologically and behaviorally. I highly recommend the Coppingers' book that they cite to anyone who hasn't read it. Very interesting reading.QuoteNA evidence is conclusive, dogs and wolves are the same species and it would not take that much for dogs to return to a feral/wild state
he did mention that in a few episodes but its a short one hour show and he is addressing one issue at a timeOriginally Posted By: Timber1Precisely, the OP posted an article by someone wishing to sell their products.
However, I do agree that Cesar does not concentrate enough on mental stimulation. With my guy it is so helpful, whether doing search and rescue, retrieving or whatever. Plus, while doing this stuff the dog is also being trained.
Where's the MENTAL stimulation!? Just to give you an idea, today we have worked on sending Renji around trees right and left, going between two poles a certain way (weave pole entries), directed jumping from quite a distance, schutzhund-style heeling, sitting and downing during heel while I keep going, (all this WHILE playing fetch), then tonight I'm going to work with him more on "go get your leash" so he can bring me his collar and leash on command and also learning the name of a new toy (his "lizard") and work on more toy discrimination by name. And maybe work on one of Melanie's training challenges. I think things like these are what you're missing, Frank.Quote:Even with Rasa who gets short walks 4-5 times a day and several balls thrown and long AM and PM daily outings is on the verge of being bored.
PBS and NatGeo had specials just on those issues including researching the genome other related studies. in a nutshell the wolves with the least flight response to our presence and hanging around our kills survived thrived, they gave back to the group early warning to predators and competitors as well as detecting prey, in lean times they were used as food as well. The DNA has been traced back to the central Asian wolf and the change from wolf to dog was quite rapidOriginally Posted By: Jasper007I posted the article to share.
I like a various number of authors, trainers, behaviorists, etc.
I don't agree 100% with every trainer, I choose bits and pieces of each, and use what works with my dogs. Probably the biggest aspect that I like about Cesar is how he remains calm, it is a reminder to me to practice that. I am sure other trainers do this also.
One of the best books I ever read, not from Cesar, was "The other end of the Leash", I have read a number of times, it really has helped me.
I know Cesar uses methods that others have already preached, however he has saved alot of tough breed dogs that would have been put down (like it was mentioned).
I know all my dogs are so different, and different approaches need to be used on all of them.
My biggest curiosity on the article is about the wolves, I would love to know the answers/connection/truths to our dogs