Features October 2018 Issue

Dogs vs. Wolves

Dogs vs. Wolves

Why we shouldn’t look to wolves to inform us as to how our dogs should be treated or trained, and why words like “pack,” “alpha,” and “dominance” are nearly always misused.

Despite the widespread belief that wild wolf packs exist in a perpetual state of dominance challenges and bids for enhanced status, the collected evidence shows a glaring absence of these rigid types of relationships. There are few reports of wolves seeking higher positions in their pack, fighting over leadership, or physically dominating other wolves through aggression or alpha rolls.

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