Pack drive

¿¡¡Jf&ER Pack drive consists of behaviors associated with reproduction, being part of a group or pack, and being able to live by the rules. Dogs, like their distant ancestors the wolves, are social animals. To hunt prey that's mostly larger than themselves, wolves have to live in a pack. To assure order, they adhere to a social hierarchy governed by strict rules of behavior. In dogs, this translates into an ability to be part of a human group and means a willingness to work with people as part of a team.

Pack drive is stimulated by rank order in the social hierarchy. Behaviors associated with this drive include the following:

i Being able to breed and to be a good parent i Demonstrating behaviors associated with social interaction with people and other dogs, such as reading body language

1 Demonstrating reproductive behaviors, such as licking, mounting, washing ears, and all courting gestures

1 Exhibiting physical contact with people and/or other dogs

1 Playing with people and/or other dogs

A dog with many of these behaviors is the one that follows you around the house, is happiest when with you, loves to be petted and groomed, and likes to work with you. (Check out Figure 5-2). A dog with these behaviors may be unhappy when left alone too long, which is a feeling that can express itself in separation anxiety.

Figure 5.2:

A dog exhibits typical pack drive behaviors.

Figure 5.2:

A dog exhibits typical pack drive behaviors.

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