From Wolf to Supermutt

From Wolf to Supermutt

And Everything in Between

3 May 2022

The book highlights various issues we inherited with our rescue dog Mila, and continues to all things canine, including their evolution and domestication. I explored the significance of nature vs nurture, including genetics, breeding, early and ongoing socialisation. While a dog’s fear memory is often impossible or difficult to reverse, if we understand how they learn and think we can avert and correct most behaviour problems. The book is peppered with interesting details, unusual facts and anecdotes based on my research, and previous experiences. Raising confident dogs is easy if we know the recipe, which I’ve shared in my book.

ISBN: 9781803131788
ISBN-13: 9781803139234
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Charming Story

Alya G

Talking with my sister the other day, we reckoned together that our family has never been without a dog in our life. Not a single time. Wherever we've lived, all the places we've moved to, in all the houses we've lived, urban, suburban, and rural, we've always had a furry member of the family. That was a heartwarming realisation, and also explains why I simply can't envision a household without a pet.

They've been all sorts of peculiar, our doggies. Some were small, others big, some hairy, others barely had any hair, some were ugly, some beautiful, some purchased, some adopted, some male and others female. And what tempers and personalities they had! They've run the gamut from shy and lazy to adventurous and startlingly smart. We fondly remember especially that police dog adopted by us when her cop partner retired, who never forgot her police training and appointed herself nanny-bodyguard to my siblings; the dog we had since I was born who was part of a canine duo that patrolled our farmland on their own and who died from heartbreak just days after my dad passed away; my first puppy, who got lost one day and had me and my cousin frantically looking for her throughout the city during a heavy rainstorm; and our last dog before our current one, a smart pup that could sniff out drug addicts and all sorts of shady people that would be later revealed to have criminal records and would have to be physically restrained from attacking them. Our current dog will likely be on our Doggie Hall of Fame eventually, because she's kind of a legend already. Why? She nurses cats, for one. Yes, seriously! She nursed and raised the cat, and we've not told her cross-species mothering isn't exactly normal, she doesn't care.

So, with such a personal background in oddball pets, I couldn't but request Erika K. Gösi's book the moment I saw it. Part memoir, part canine behaviour manual, From Wolf to Supermutt and Everything in Between chronicles the author's experience with trying to understand and correct doggie behaviour out of love as much as practical necessity, when she adopted a rescue dog that would display disconcerting behaviours Gösi couldn't explain. Not finding a canine behaviour specialist that would help her understand her pup's weird habits and correct them with training, she had to educate herself on the topic by herself, reading so much and so extensively she became a dog behaviour expert herself. Now, she's sharing her knowledge in this book, so the rest of dog owners and dog lovers in general can learn, too.

I have read expert books on canine psychology before, and they're dry and full of technical and scientific lingo. Not this one; it's accessible, written in understandable language, and narrated conversationally, as if you're being talked to, and full of anecdotes (the memoir part) that illustrate the scientific points. The behaviour manual part is encased within the memoir/anecdotal part, so it flows well and is entertaining as it educates you. You'll learn a summed up overview of the evolution of dogs, and comprehensible explanations for their behaviour, the normal, the quirky, and the downright destructive ones alike, divided in sections that make it easy to revisit later for a quick refresher if your pup starts behaving in a way you're puzzled at and you need to remember why; all well peppered with the author's experience raising the dogs she's had throughout her life.

I enjoyed this combo of pet-lover memoir and animal psychology, and I recognised a few behaviours in my own dog and the dogs of friends and relatives, too. I only wish Gösi had paid the "dog tax" and included pictures of her pups she talks so much and lovingly about. I don't know if this absence of photos is because this is an ARC and the published version will have them, but I really missed them and hope they will be included on publication. 4.5 stars!

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Engaging

Ralph

I found the book engaging and informative, as well as humorous. Even as an experienced dog owner, I didn’t realise how many things I didn’t know about dogs, until I read this book. It was entertaining and very educational.

Well written and informative

Tammy

A very well written and informative book that every dog owner needs to have on their book shelf. Throughout a journey of heartache, laughter, and copious amounts of high value dog treat, Erika shows you how to ensure your dog leads a happy and wholesome life.

Highly recommended

Robert

I highly recommend this book. If you were looking to broaden your horizons in all things canine in a funny (sometimes sad) yet insightful package this is the book for you. 

Incredibly informative very well put together yet is understandable by the layman.

If I could give this book 10 stars I-most certainly would do.

 

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Vital for any dog owner

Vándor Kamilló

From the first page I enjoyed this engrossing and extremely well researched book. I learnt an immense amount about canines and canine behaviour, which I will be able to implement with my own dog. This is an important book, and is vital reading for any dog owner or would be dog owner.

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Lots of research packaged into one book

Krisztina

I really enjoyed reading this book. There is a lot of high quality information from a broad range of already conducted research nicely packaged into one book. I like how the author uses her experience with her own dog as it is relatable. I am looking at getting my own dog soon, and this book is going to be awesome help right from the start.

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Good Book

Kathy

This is a very good book, I like it and I am very happy to have read it. It is quite interesting, there are many things that I read about that I did not know. I think it is a very useful book if you have a dog, or if you are thinking about getting a dog.

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Informative

Joni H, Educator

A combination of story telling and informative - as a dog lover I really enjoyed the concept and delivery of this book.  

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Loved your book

Linda Antoncich

 

Hi Erika - loved your book. I learnt a lot about reactive behaviour, though our Nessie was very easy in that regard. She also has a lot of bowel issues now and has to eat hypoallergenic food, which she doesn't really like. This foraging toy might help - what is it called? I'll see if I can get one. 

What an informative and enjoyable read.

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FROM WOLF TO SUPERMUTT AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

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From Wolf to Supermutt and Everything In Between by Erika K Gosi

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The first thing we'd say about this book is that it is actually about a woman training a mature dog, but we included it at the end of this article as a bit of a curveball because we think the principles and ideas in the book apply to anyone with a puppy also. When canine behaviourist Erika adopted her dog Mila, she didn't think she'd have to do any basic training with her, but she soon realised she would have to. This book outlines how Erika re-trained Mila, and also gives insights into how we can learn to think like our dogs. Get your copy here - amazon.co.uk

 

This was a very enjoyable and informative read

Nicole K- Netgalley

 

Thanks to #netgalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. This was a very enjoyable and informative read. It is well researched, and filled with information whilst still being easy to read and easy to pick up where you left off for those of us who read anywhere and everywhere we go. This book is more about understanding your dogs behaviour than an actual training manual as such, which was exactly what I was hoping for. I loved the authors inclusion of her personal experiences with her own dog and found it to be a very relatable read. You can't help but have more valuable insights into dog behaviour and a better understanding of all dogs in general and how they think after reading this book. This book would definitely only enhance one's relationships and appreciation of all things canine. #fromwolftosupermuttandeverythinginbetween #erikakgosi #netgalley #goodreads #getlitsy #thestorygraph #kindleaustralia #tea_sipping_bookworm #bookqueen #bookst

5.0 out of 5 stars

Merits Anih

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 Amazon.com 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.