Why Does My Dog Follow Me Around

Nobody would like a dog passive at learning tricks. This is because the people who rear dogs as their pets definitely expect a couple of tricks learned by them at ease. One of the primary tricks you need to teach a pet is to tame it to follow you while you are taking a round. This kind of taming doesn’t demand much effort. It is by virtue of instincts that your dog starts following you soon after you start feeding it or it gets socially acquainted with you.

Why do dogs tend to form packs?

Irrespective of their race or color dogs are instinctively used to live in packs in nature. Evolutionists believe that this behavior has been continuing since the time of dogs’ relinquishing wolfish mode of life. May be the specie has adapted to this mode of life to qualify the code, “survival for the fittest”.

Dogs Following Why Does My Dog Follow Me Around

Pet dogs, however, over the course of time, have evolved to behave differently due to their prolonged contact with humans. So when it comes to moving / following around, it is an out-of-pack mode of locomotion. Say he assumes you an “alpha” character — some one who he could confide in or look up to for his needs or one who could grant him shelter and the like. Doesn’t it seem quite ridiculous and absurd as an owner / master of our pet DOG; we expect the same treat from him. So don’t expect your dog not follow you unless you tame it for this.

What’s so important in a pack?

Like family to humans, a pack is a fundamental social unit to dogs. Likewise, dogs have their distinctive hierarchical social system that functions on certain instinctive values. Your unleashed dog follows you because he considers you as an elderly member of its pack.

Observation has concluded that the instincts of pack formation seem to have been the legacy of the grey wolves among primal dog species as we can clearly establish that not all the wolves form packs that stringently the way do the grey ones. But the value system of a wolf pack does not necessarily resemble to that of dogs in its entirety.

In wolves, packs operate on the principle of ‘dominance and submission’. The natural orientation of different packs in wolves then varies from each other as well. For example, in grey wolf’s pack the hierarchy is in working quite like human family — one as chief of the clan and others the supporting members.

Further research has revealed that in a grey wolf’s family / pack, each member has a well-defined role ranging from being a sexual partner of the chief to a watchman at night. In case of dogs’ packs, advance study has unraveled some surprising facts that allude to even more complex and detailed relationships among members of a dog’s pack.

The theory regarding existence of complex relationships in pack is based on the studies of Dr. David Mech who has been studying grey wolves’ behavior at Elsemere. Dr. D. Mech was at length able to conclude that a wolf pack orients itself as though a human family in outlook and movement.

The newer model of pack family proposed by Dr. Mech is somewhat different from the old one based on dominant and subordinate members. As per newer model, the structure of the pack depicts members behaving as parent and offspring analogous to human family system.

Continuing with the explanation of the newer model the parent wolves are the overall guardian of the pack while the younger ones play a supportive role. So there is linear hierarchical pattern in a pack.

A comparison between dogs and wolves values:

One of the major differences between packs of dogs and wolves is that of the size. Pet dogs cannot approximate with wolves in the size of their packs. Younger wolves are used to move about to hook fellow wolves for the aggrandizement of their pack size.

The factor of relative dominance in a family is an example of community values that a dog family would display. This is not an inherited faculty; rather it is acquired by dint of being seasoned in the art of exerting control or of physical, particularly, sexual potency. The leading figure in a dog’s family / pack is a male that has been branded with the title, “alpha”.

Being a super being it is expected of a man to be caring toward his dog such that it should broadcast a sense of pride while in your company.

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