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Why does your dog...........?
A large amount of time can be spent training or in attempting to train a dog or attempting to correct a dog behavior problem if “why dogs behave in the way that they do” is not clearly understood.
Scientific proof has, apparently, established that all dogs share a common ancestor, the wolf. This was reported during December 2005 in a Scientific American article and can also be read about at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County .
Humans and dogs(wolves) starting living together +/- 100,000 years ago but it is only in the last few centuries that man has been selectively breeding dogs to certain traits. In the dog/wolf pack different animals have different traits. One may be more aggressive than the rest, one may be smaller than the rest, one may be a better hunter than the rest. So if we humans selectively breed a male and a bitch having the same traits the ensuing litter will probably have these/this trait to a greater degree than either of their parents. This technique can be and has been used to produce all the different traits we see in dogs. The Chihauhau (Height 15-23 cm and less than 2.7kg) and the Great Dane (71-76 cm and up to 54 kg) and the Mastiff (70-76cm and 79-86 kg) all have a common ancestor, the wolf.
When a dog is brought into a family it does not see itself as joining a family but rather as joining a new pack. This pack includes humans, other dogs, cats, birds etc, etc. The dogs first priority, when joining a new pack, is to identify who the pack leaders are (one male & one bitch) and what the pack heiracy is and where it fits in in this scheme of things. If there is no pack leader the dog assumes the role of pack leader. A dog is really not designed to be a family pack leader and therefore it gets confused and this confusion can lead to all kinds of dog behavior problems such as soiling, digging, biting etc.
Dogs do not believe in democracy. They rule by gentle dictatorship. What the pack leader says goes and do remember that a dogs only correction/enforcing mechanism is its teeth. Bearing the above in mind it is important to remember that it is not in the nature of wolves to damage members of their own pack. The pack is the hunting unit and damaging a member of the pack will diminish the hunting ability of that pack. This therefore means that the only time a pack member will harm another pack member would be in a fight for pack leadership. However we humans, in our wisdom, have bred this trait out of some of our dogs. Terriers, and not just Pit Bull Terriers, come immediately to mind.
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