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Is There Some Wolf In That Ruff?

It is generally believed (though not by everyone) modern day dogs evolved from the wolf. The evolution of different dog breeds likely occurred through the mixing and of different types of wolf. Over time, their association with humans affected some breeds. Dogs today that evolved with less human contact include Huskies, whom exhibit more wolf-like traits than breeds like Poodles and Sheepdogs. Dog behavior shares many similar attributes to its wolf cousins. Social structure for dogs parallels that of the wolf in many ways. As a first comparison, dogs seek a social structure similar to that of a pack. Accordingly, dogs may see their owners as members of their pack. This is particularly important to remember when training your dog. Your dog is unlikely to behave if he feels he is higher up the social ladder than you are. However, this varies from breed to breed and dog to dog. Nonetheless, this plays a part in why some dogs are easier to train than others. Another element of this comparative is that dogs, like wolves who are rarely away from their pack, are generally not happy when left alone. It is their nature to want companionship. Similar, behaviors are also evident in crate training where a dog desires to have a den-like structure where it feels safe. With the similarities between wolves and dogs, it is important to realize there are major differences too. The most important difference is that wolves are wild animals and should not be kept as pets. It's not a good idea to keep a wolf/dog hybrid as a pet either; especially if there are children that might come in contact with the animal.

 

 


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