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Who’s on first in the puppies world? — 5 Comments

  1. Some recent work with dogs has indicated that dominance and “pack order” is not as cut-and-dried as it was once thought (good old Konrad Lorenz), especially in dogs. They were once wolves (where that theory came from) but we’ve been selecting them for non-wolfness for millennia, so they are no longer quite like wolves. You might look at some of that research (I’d Google again).
    You’ve had dogs for a long time – I’d say, use your common sense with them and go with what works. You have as much experience as most people who write about rearing dogs and you know what your aim is as far as what kind of dogs you want to end up with, so go with your gut and trust your instincts.

  2. I always have had 2 dogs – good company for each other and I often don’t really know who is dominant unless age is a factor. I also always have females. I do know that you are meant to do exactly as you are doing re the seperate playtime as they should be socialized as a singleton.

  3. Zoomie, thanks for the info. They are good girls – and maybe they’ll grow out of their total dependency. They are still puppies, after all.
    manningroad, we have had 2 sets of 2 female dogs, and never a problem, but they were acquired at different times, not together as puppies. This dynamic seems different – but maybe only because they are still puppies. I just want them to grow up and behave ;-))