Dog and pack dynamics

What happens when we walk our dogs together? The dog’s trainer, Dr. Anna Randage, explained the dynamics of the herd.

Hello, I have two dogs, one small size, one Pinser mix and one medium size, an unspecified mixed breed. They’re great when I take them on trips individually, but it’s a nightmare when I go out with both of them. They go crazy if we meet other dogs and when they are free, who usually have no problem with others, they tend to be more aggressive and supportive of each other. Why does this happen and how can I do it? Alessandra

Hello Alessandra, Explaining pack dynamics is not always easy, but we must always remember that they are made, whether we like it or not, more or less powerful, when several dogs are together. In reality it is not necessary that they live together (they are blood relatives) but it is enough that two dogs often hang out, as is the case with dogs who often sit with the same dog. What happens is that dogs feel part of the group, more or less stable, which usually withdraws within themselves, wanting to “shut out” other dogs that may go. Often, an unsafe dog gains confidence from the team, so he ‘dares’ to show more strength when he is alone and the rest of the pack is around. Even a single dog that faces a full pack (say 2 and more) tends to be less “arrogant” than when he meets a dog alone, because he realizes he’s in trouble. Sometimes small dogs act as a “sentinel” for their fine hearing and their nature: dogs like Pinser are, in fact, properly selected to signal the presence of strangers with their skin, so that larger dogs can deal with the issue. ; So it is very common that the small dog in the group is running towards the customer in a small way, barking loudly, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking, barking. If the little one is alone, it is more difficult for him to engage in this behavior, just as a big dog cannot intervene if no one signals.

The dynamics of a group or animal can be very subtle but also very complex; The problem is that often, the dog outside the group does not realize that these dogs are part of a pre-formed and stable group and there is a risk that it will be difficult to understand why someone sometimes stands in the way of another’s defense. For example, in a dog area, if there are 5 dogs out of which 2 from the same family, as you are right, they will support each other and protect each other if a sixth dog enters the enclosure and probably shows concern towards one. Of the six now, at this point the second dog (but the other 3 not present) will intervene in the dog’s defense under pressure, but the dog that has just entered has never been able to predict this intervention, not knowing that the two are the same part. Group ..

In short, the possibilities are endless, but the pack mobility that has been created in dogs that are part of a stable group is undeniable and must be considered especially for freeing dogs in places where potentially unfamiliar dogs are seen.

In addition, every family dog ​​must have the opportunity to spend time together with people, so I always recommend finding time and path for walking and even for individual activities, so that each subject can develop his personality and personality. Independent of other dogs; A symbiotic and sympathetic relationship is not actually healthy, in humans as in dogs. I know it means a lot of promise, but it’s something that should be kept in mind by those who have a dog and decide to take another!

If these tips aren’t enough to solve the problem, ask for help from a professional who will guide you through the specific case because of course every dog ​​is unique and so is every family, so every time there is a strategy that works. What works for every situation and sometimes for others does not work for others!

Anna Randajesi *

* A graduate in psychology and dog trainer, she works with private and group activities in the Manja and Brianza areas, offering education and behavioral rehabilitation courses for all types of dogs, from puppies to adult dogs who have come home with even complex behavioral problems. You can visit her website or visit her Facebook page Aseizampe.

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