We are taking a look at a wild wolf society to help us understand the instinctive behavior of dogs (both good and bad) that we observe in our pets. We find an interesting organization and rigid structure in a wild wolf society, with fast, consistent, fair discipline and clearly drawn lines of leadership, support and boundaries. The importance of coordinated participation from all stages of the wolf pack in the hunt, territorial fights, and really every other time, helps us understand the roles of dogs with different personalities, how they seek to interact with us and other animals, and the type. leadership and boundaries that your domestic dog expects from you – not to be pitied!
The smell of a wolf smells at least 20 times stronger than our own (and so does your domestic dog). Listening to a wild wolf is more than 40 times better. So the pack on to the ground takes on the smell of a wolf pack that is trespassing, even if they are hours from the trespass. The wind smells and sounds.
Territorial fights are rare among competitive wolf packs. Nine times out of ten, the wolf pack flees when the pack shows a wild wolf belonging to that land. Even if the ownership pack contains only three wild dogs and the competitive wolf pack contains nine, the learners will still run. The winner is the landowner.
If the learners refuse to leave, the alpha male leaders will begin a fight. Members of the wolf pack on both sides will be staring as they watch who wins. (Mares do the same when stallions fight.)
The two alpha leaders rarely decide to draw blood on each other. The main thing is that a question about who raises his highest, or the first one pinned down on his back, is lost.
Sometimes during the fight, in a smart ear, a wild wolf on the side of the protective wolf pack will cross to the other pack and steal a few juveniles. The leader of the robbers will watch for the theft, so he will lose the fight because of the distractions. The winning alpha leader will not let the teenagers return. They will be part of their wolf pack.
After a fight, the winners state their limits. They completely drain the borders with a smell so strong that it would irritate the human eye. They groom and lick every bit of the new members to remove the smell of the old wolf pack, and then rub their own scent on them.
Contrary to popular belief, a lot of communication between competing wolf packs is about that – communication – and it is not a challenge or a threat. The alpha leaders are always crying back and forth about things as they were that year, if the package is good or if they had hard times, their victory, how much stronger the package grew, and the like.
Wild greetings friendly greetings to their loved ones. For example, an adolescent woman may transition to and be part of a competitive wolf pack, never returning to her birth package. Still, the people in her wolf pack will send her news and blessings. Relatives may cross territorial boundaries for a visit if first invited; uninvited, however, the visitor would fight for breaking the limit. Her own package would attack her, too, because that is against wolf law.
Competitive wolf packs always respect each other, and their respective alpha leaders honor the position of the other as the pack leader. They recognize the achievements and activities of the other wolf pack.
Sometimes a wolf pack is more led by its alpha female than a male alpha leader. There is no sexist attitude in the world of animals. She will scrape the ground and raise her leg to remind the learners of the correct boundary. Only the alpha pair takes legs to mark. Squat all other members (male or female). If a territorial dispute should arise when one of the wolf packs is led by women, the dispute may be resolved by a vocal contest (shouting) instead of an actual battle in which the pregnant leader could not participate. .
So, as you can see, territorial fights are not as common among wild wolf packs, and when they do occur, bloodshed is rare because things are usually worked out another way. A wild wolf society is full of rules that apply to every wolf pack and give stability to its members.