A Fresh Look at the Wolf-Pack Theory of Companion-Animal Dog Social Behavior

@article{vanKerkhove2004AFL,
  title={A Fresh Look at the Wolf-Pack Theory of Companion-Animal Dog Social Behavior},
  author={Wendy van Kerkhove},
  journal={Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={7},
  pages={279 - 285}
}
  • Wendy van Kerkhove
  • Published 1 October 2004
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
A popular perspective on the social behavior of dogs in multiple-dog households sees the dogs' behavior as reflecting the sociobiological laws of the rigidly structured dominance hierarchy that has been described for wolf packs. This view suggests that aggression problems among dogs are natural expressions of conflict that arise whenever dominance status is in contention. One recommended solution has been for the owner to endorse and enforce a particular dominance hierarchy because, on the wolf… 
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