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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-23-2014, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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This article is interesting. Many years ago when I got my first wolfdog, higher percentage, I knew I needed to get educated quickly, even when she was a pup. I talked to a great many wolf researchers, and animal behaviorists. One person who observed her as an adult told me, "She has a strong personality, but she's allowing you to be the alpha." He wasn't keen on my having her, attributing our good relationship to her cooperation with me. She lived for over 14 years, and some of my fondest memories of her are in her older years. She would sit next to me as we watched the wildlife goings on across the highway from our home. She would occasionally look up into my face with a contented 'smile', and her expression said, "This is great, isn't it?"

On the flip side, when she passed away, I felt as though half my heart went with her.

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They should give that can of sausage to my dogs. I bet they can open it in under 2 minutes.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-23-2014, 10:48 AM
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If it were me, I would have titled this " The Pack Theory Lives"

This is sure to make the PC police of the dog world mad.

Anyone with common sense didn't need this study to verify pack hierarchy.

Thanks for posting this.

Now lets wait for the screams of bloody murder.
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I think the same issues that the person who developed the pack theory found in his own theory, is that these animals are in captivity. There is a different study out that found dogs, in a feral pack, cooperate and will follow the 'nicest' dog, not the most dominant. Yes, there are hierarchies in packs, whether they are feral or domesticated but the way they interact within those packs differs.

So, not saying that this theory is false, just that I think the theory is true when there are humans involved and the animals are in a structured setting rather than a wild setting with no human intervention of any kind.

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