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taming the wild

We like to say we’re “taming the wild in your dog.” But what does that mean?

Today’s domestic dog is a not so distant relative of the gray wolf. In fact, dogs and wolves still share a perfect pair of 39 chromosomes, and as with humans, all behavior is anchored in the chromosomes of the individual, making biology and behavior inseparable.

Your dog’s approach to the world is guided by the instinct, and behavioral mechanisms passed down from the wolf through the millennia and not by human instinct. In a simpler understanding, we all enjoy treating our dogs as family, but it would be irresponsible to ignore their heritage by denying what they are.

How We Tame your dog

At Taming the Wild, we keep this essential, scientific fact at the forefront of every service we offer. Our approach to training, boarding, and daycare is in keeping with nature’s plan.

We create behaviors, provide exercise and socialization, and separation from the family, in ways that your dog easily understands and accepts. By doing so, the spirit and vitality of the "wild" that exists in all dogs is nurtured and safeguarded.

 

"From the wild wolf who is perfectly suited for its world, she created a wolf that is perfectly suited for ours. But, like a wonderful gift that has been left unopened, our imaginations have fabricated something inside nature's gift that we humans desire and not what was given. If we would only find the will to open the box, we would discover something far greater. Staring up out of the box would be a domestic wolf born of a rich heritage and carved from the wild. With its behavior wrapped in the trappings of steadfast predictability, this creature would provide us with trustworthy companionship and the tranquility that comes from understanding and accepting it for what it is and not for what we wish it to be. In a paradoxical way, we would actually get what we really desire." 

~The Path of Three Prints~

Embracing the Wild in Your Dog, by Bryan Bailey

 


 

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