Category Archives: Pack Instinct

Tales From The Pack #5

Here are some more tales of pack-situation oddities that just don’t translate into “human”!

Marking their scent is a natural behavioural trait of dominant dogs. If your dog starts to do this around your home, that’s just natural territorial marking warning other dogs that this is his place and they should come near at their own peril.

But if he starts doing it in the home, your problem is he is too high ranking in your family pack (as he sees it, not you). Take a look at some of the other posts in this series and see if your dog is getting away with some of the seemingly normal behavioural points I’ve mentioned. If necessary, you’ll have to start putting in his place by taking the lead wherever possible and making sure he knows that you are in charge and not him.

Then the marking should stop once he realises he is not the top dog!

Terry Didcott
Dogs Wish

Tales From The Pack #4

Yet more strange goings on in the life of a dog in its pack situation!

In the pack situation the alpha male leads by example. When the pack are on the move, he will lead the way. Any small gaps between trees or rocks, he will always go first. This is instinctive and the other dogs in the pack know that this is the way it is.

In the home, a dog vying for a dominant position in the family pack will try to push past you and go through a doorway first. Don’t let him!

If he gets through the door first, he sees that he is now higher in rank to you. Behavioural “problems” will follow as he begins to capitalise on his new status. So aviod any of this and make sure you (and other family members) always go through doors and tight gaps before the dog, so in his eyes you are the boss!

Terry Didcott
Dogs Wish