Latest Review 5.0 out of 5 stars

Latest Review 5.0 out of 5 stars

October 20, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars

Everyone who has a dog, or plans to get one, should read this book.

Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2023. BY MERITS ANIH  ON


Erika K. Gsi is a qualified canine behaviourist. After the deaths of their dogs, Franky and Lulu, she and her husband, Rezsö, agreed that they wouldn't get any pets again because of the pain they experienced from losing them. But that didn't stop them from getting Mila six weeks later. Before she was adopted, Mila (a dachshund) was infested with demodectic mange. Settling the dog in the family was a bit of a hassle because Mila had an odour, and the author tried all she could to get rid of it, but to no avail until it did. Mila also had reactive issues as she got worked up in the presence of other dogs. Little by little, the author trained her, and with the help of different experts (like Zoli) and her own research, she made Mila more comfortable and confident.


After many years of raising dogs, it was after they adopted Mila, a rescue dog, that she actually started studying canine behaviour. According to her, many canine behaviour problems are a result of people not understanding the way dogs think. To explain this in a way that anyone would understand, the author started with the evolutionary path of dogs.


The author wrote [i]From Wolf to Supermutt and Everything in Between[/i] both from experience and research, and I'm glad to tell you that the book is not just straightforward data. The author has written this like a story from her life, with research to back it up. She gave the background of how she acquired her dogs, Mila and Lulu, and how Frankey and Lulu died, and it was quite an interesting story to read. I particularly loved this writing style, as it made the book more interesting for me.


Learning canine behaviours can help strengthen the bond between humans and dogs. We have to understand that as our human world evolves, the way we relate to dogs changes. Urbanization, technology, etc., affect the way we treat dogs, and sometimes, many restrictions come with such change. Do dogs automatically adapt to these changes? Or do these changes incite some kind of resistance or oppose the natural behaviour and traits of canines? This book is important because it helps dog owners learn how to interact with their dogs in order to shape their behaviours to avoid or eliminate any undesirable traits.


I learned a lot of things from this book, such as that the dominant sense in dogs is the sense of smell, followed by hearing and then vision. So, it might be possible that your dog might have difficulty recognizing you right away at initial points. The author also talked about the consumption of dog meat in various parts of the world as well as how each culture treats dogs. You will learn how your temperament, as a dog owner, affects your dog. Throughout the book, you still come across many breeds of dogs and their specific traits, and of course, you will learn the type of training that made Mila the ‘Supermutt’ she is.


The references at the end of the book will also help you further your reading if needed. I also appreciate the author's effort in ensuring that the book is exceptionally edited. There was absolutely nothing I disliked about the book, and I gladly rate it [b]5 out of 5 stars.[/b] I recommend it to dog owners and those who wish to add a dog to their families in the future.