German Shepherd Dog Forums - Reply to Topic
Thread: Wolves cooperate but dogs submit ~ new study Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
08-23-2014 11:16 AM
Jax08 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.
08-23-2014 10:48 AM
Deno 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.
08-23-2014 10:31 AM
Jax08 They should give that can of sausage to my dogs. I bet they can open it in under 2 minutes.
08-23-2014 10:15 AM
Susan_GSD_mom 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.

08-23-2014 08:56 AM
Wolves cooperate but dogs submit ~ new study

Wolves cooperate but dogs submit, study suggests | Science/AAAS | News

Wolves Cooperate With Each Other, Dogs Form Hierarchies | IFLScience

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome