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    Jodi Picoult - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler

    Jodi Picoult has recently written a novel called "lone wolf". As part of her research she went and spent time learning from a guy who lived within a wolf pack for about a year. This guy describes the wolf - sometimes known as the omega wolf - also the peace keeper, mob lawyer (geeky guy working for dangerous people), court jester, class clown... chief diffuser of tense situations. That's my dog (Frosty). And that looks like Obie too.

    Not sure Lily would be leader though. More like the Beta or tester. Ie the one that make sure everyone else is up for their jobs. The one that bites you for not paying attention...

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    Our dog family has a definate pecking order.
    If you can throw it, its Bernie's the ball obsessed GSD
    If you can eat it, its Pohm's, the female rottie cross
    If it catches his attention, its the pups for the 17 seconds he can retain his prize, before hierarchy owners take it from him.

    And I will use "oi" or remove the object that's being debated myself, to calm things down when they are running around in house after each other.

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    There only seems to be a little bit of a pecking order here.. If I let the dogs outside, or inside or open a door of any kind (like the car door), Molly always waits for Meika to go in first, and then follows. But we never have any 'arguements' here, I've never seen them have a disagreement, if one has a toy and the other wants it, they will play tug together, never fight over it. And while they're eating, if one is eating the other will just watch, they never try and steal food from each other. Meika does growl at Molly every now and then when she's asleep and Molly stands on her, but I do the same when she stands on me and I'm sleeping!

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    Well after watching many dogs in groups/packs and also my own. I think dogs are very similar still in their packs as wolves.

    I would have to agree almost word for word with MAC......

    I also have an Omega who is the peace-keeper and the class clown. She wants no arguments in the pack and will also let me know if anything is happening. She had the best dog-language and is very good at greeting and meeting dogs, because of this. All our new fosters and visiting dogs feel comfortable with her immediately and she seems to be able to breech them into the rest of the pack.............the wanna-bee is usually the one who tries the hardest to appear the top dog...Top dog is usually the quiet achiever. And Like MAC said it depends on how important an item or event is to a particular dog.My pack leader is Lukey and Annabelle is almost his equal, they do it all together. My wannabee is Tessa forever trying to be something she has no hope of being. Katy is my Peace-keeper, but I think that in the future she might lead as she is never really pushed around. All our visitors are quickly relegated to down the bottom, even the small aggressive ones. I think in my household size does matter. Although it is very hard to see the effort made to be at the top, it is there when the bones come out
    I have spent years studying wild dogs pack, camp dog packs and even wolves in the wild....I love watching dogs. And now I love watching the interactions of my own and also dogs at training. So many people do not read dogs and interpret them wrong......And I am always amazed at how many professional people who should know better handle dogs, such as vets, groomers and kennel hands.
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    Sounds very interesting to observe it all and try to analyse!

    I usually just have one, but even adding 1 other dog to the mix has been interesting. Banjo (kelpie/staffy) immediately wants anything that the JRT has. But the other day Banjo refused to come when I called her when she was chasing galahs on the oval and when I sent my daughter to go get her, the JRT ran over to her and started rather viciously attacking her hind legs while she was being led to me on the leash. It really looked as if he was telling her off for not obeying orders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post

    And I will use "oi" or remove the object that's being debated myself, to calm things down when they are running around in house after each other.
    OI is such a wonderful word. Mine pay attention when I use it (mostly)

    I have never had problems with bones or food here, possibly because they are a true family..mother and 3 littermates, dunno, maybe it is because the 4 (three till Jessie came back) of them have always eaten out of two baking trays. There is never any gutzing to get the bigger share unless there are some leftovers or sardines in it). They always towards the middle to end of a meal take a piece of dry food, wander a few steps away then wander back to get another.

    Bandit will at times outside take the odd bone non violently from a couple of them to decide which one he likes best though he generally is happy with my choice for him. When this happens I go out and say EXCUSE ME???

    That is his cue to make his selection and wander away and I give the bone/s back to the dog/s that he has taken them from.

    One weird thing is at times their dry food breakfast goes untouched.. all of it by all of them..I measure it out..3 cups between 4 dogs. I know that dogs do fast in the wild as they have to catch prey to eat. They all do it on the same day.
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    My dogs are not closely related and I get visitors and fosters through..no food or bone issues here either, it is most likely because the dogs know you are a good leader

    The new little fosters were terrible when I first got them. All growly and worried around food..not anymore, they now are happy to eat side by side and we can take their food away and swap it for something better
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    No obvious heirarchy here to be honest.

    Sometimes Barney seems to be in charge, and sometimes Pippi. And now I think about it, no matter what combination we have had, we have never had a very obvious leader. Same behaviour with all of the dogs towards each other etc.

    If I had to pick one, I would say Barney, purely because hes about ten times bigger lol

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