“How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg?
Four. Calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg.”
- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
So, hopefully you’ve read all about the history of our relationship with dogs and how important they were in the cultures of our ancestors all over the world. If you haven’t, check that out in the ‘Dogs’ section of the site. Now, it’s time to explore the relationship of dogs and wolves.
We’ve all heard experts telling us that when we live with a dog, we’re actually living with a wolf. It’s been repeated so often, that it’s now part of pop culture knowledge. If you ask most people, they’ll believe that is the case. Open a book on dogs, and you’ll often see a chapter dedicated to wolf-pack behaviour and hierarchy.
So, if we’re going to explore how your dog thinks, we really have to determine whether this is true or not. There’s no point you following advice which is untrue. Part of what makes this site different is that we’ll explain why we work the way we do, and explain with examples where possible, why what we do works.
Seeing as a lot of modern dog behaviour theory is based on the study of ‘pack’ behaviour of wolves, we really need to see if there’s a basis for these theories to be true. We need to know whether it’s worth listening to.
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