The Hammer: Why Dogs Attack Us and How to Prevent It

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Taming the Wild, LLC
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6.0 X 0.51 X 9.0 inches | 0.72 pounds
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About the Author
Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Bryan Bailey grew to appreciate the wildness of the land and its abundant wildlife. In particular, 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. Bryan has traveled to over thirty countries in Europe, Africa, the jungles of southeast Asia and the remote regions above the arctic circle in his pursuit of learning the behaviors of hyenas, lions, tigers and the gray wolf, with an emphasis on how instinct, passed from the gray wolf, has affected the behavior of our domestic dogs. Bryan is currently busy writing his second book, The Hammer - Understanding Canine Aggression. He hopes the book will educate readers about the most dominant tool in the wolf and dog's bag of survival equipment - Aggression (The Hammer). This tool has allowed for ingestion, digestion, reproduction and survival by wolves for thousands of years in a very hostile and competitive world and it was passed to our dogs. Its use by our dogs is often misinterpreted and misunderstood and this has led to an increase in avoidable attacks to dog owners and their children. Bryan and his wife, Kira, reside in Memphis, TN, with their children, dogs, and cats. Together, they own ProTrain Memphis and Taming the Wild.

"The Hammer is a heartfelt and convincing solution to what Bailey calls "willful ignorance." Bailey clearly articulates the relationshipbetween dog and wolf, reminding us that, despite being domesticated, the dog's wolf ancestry and basic "wild" survival instinct can betriggered and completely override the agenda set by a human. It is therefore vital that one respects the animal's basic nature. Baileyasserts that with some rudimentary knowledge of canine behavior, one has the ability to accurately interpret the warning signals givenby a dog when it intends to bite you, so you can either avoid the attack or save yourself when an attack is underway.
While Bailey's facts and guidance are straight to the point and effective, his vignettes about several dog victims reveal Bailey'smasterful storytelling skills. Each story drives home Bailey's point about recognizing the warning signals being given by the dog thatforeshadows an attack as well as the need for dog owners to be more responsible. Expertly written, the stories are profound anddisturbing. Each reveals rich characters and setting, the serene beauty and innocence of a moment that is interwoven with suspensethat leads to an inevitable attack that is dramatic and harrowing.
Although Bailey acknowledges there are numerous complexities to the subject of dog attacks -- such as ferocity of breed versusowner influence on dog -- he purposely cuts through the overwhelming jargon and dialogue in this topic to provide readers withspecific, comprehensible information to recognize and thwart dog aggression. But The Hammer is not only about saving people.Bailey's non-judgmental tone not only encourages gaining insight to a dog's mindset but also raises awareness for dog owners in theirtraining of dogs. Ultimately, a better understanding of dogs will reduce seemingly "unprovoked" attacks, for which dogs are beingcondemned to die.
The Hammer is a moving, thought provoking, and indispensable guide that calls for awareness, education, and action to save not onlythe lives of people but of dogs. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
Maya Fleischmann, San Francisco Book Review

"I cannot recommend this book highly enough to every dog owner, any person who ever comes into contact with the pets of another (which is pretty much everyone, right?), and to all trainers. The author's primary goal is to keep others from being intentionally blind - willfully ignorant. Our believing something to be so doesn't make it so, but neither does our refusing to believe that something is so make it false. Bryan Bailey urges us all to dispense with what he calls "romantic notions" about dogs, and to begin to have a genuine appreciation for the fact that they are not human, they do not think or feel in the same way as humans, and that they can attack "regardless of any benevolence or love provided" when the conditions for an attack are in place. Please, do yourself a favor, whether you own a dog or not. Do your family - especially your children - your friends and your community a favor if you are a dog owner. Pick up a copy of The Hammer and read it. Cover to cover. Go in with an open mind and you're sure to exit with an enlightened one."

Patricia Reding, Reader's Favorite