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The pack behavior

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The pack behavior

Tony the pug loves to play with other dogs

The different behaviors of dogs have a meaning in the wild. But if a dog lives together with people, he needs to learn when and where the natural behavior can be lived.

Life in the pack

Dogs are social beings. In the wild, they fit in a pack and are part of the group. A single dog would otherwise not survive, because he has never learned to hunt alone. A pack submits to a rigorous hierarchy. It is determined which member of the pack is allowed to mate and beget offspring. It is also determined which member should be the first to eat the prey.  There are also conflicts in a pack. The dogs aren´t necessarily hurting each other. They communicate with each other through e.g. threatening body language. So not the strongest, but the dog with the best communication skills gets the highest rank.

 

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The leader of the pack

Each pack has its pack leader. Domestic dogs have humans as their pack leader. The dogs are influenced by pack behavior. So they understand that humans get "the best" and them just "leftovers" (even if it´s not really that way).
Dogs are dominant only, if humans let be dominated by the dog! So it is important to convey to the dog who's the boss. This is only possible by staying consistently. This strengthens the acceptance of dogs over the pack leader.
This rule generally prevents conflicts. The similarity of the ranking between living in a wild pack and living together with people supports the education and adaptation of the dogs.

 

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