If you take the information you have about dogs, imagine it as an onion, and start peeling, you will eventually come to “survival” as the root cause for just about everything.  Does your dog do something puzzling, something you can’t understand?  Perhaps it’s connected to staying alive, the way he managed to cope with the anxiety of an imperfect first home before getting a forever and better home. Perhaps it’s a twist on an old theme, protecting food or territory.  Maybe it has to do with keeping warm enough.  Or perhaps it’s the reason that, in most cases, bitches rule, because in order for the species to survive, a mother needs enough power to protect her pups.

Here’s what I have noticed and I would be remiss not to note that it is peculiar, to say the least.  In the house, bitches rule.  Out of doors, the bitch defers to the dog, letting him appear to be in charge.  Well, when you think about it, who cares what happens out of doors!  Once the puppies are old enough to go along on walks, they are eating the same food the adults eat.  The male has adjusted to having six or eight interlopers in his territory.  The bitch has weaned the pups and while she will keep a watchful eye over them as long as they are living with her – even if one stays forever – she is less frantic about it because they are less vulnerable.  But while the puppies are helpless, the bitch determines who comes close and who doesn’t.  And the power she is able to exert at that time stays with her.  Who knows, she might need to practice her skills by making sure she can have any resource she desires.  It’s kind of a version of “whatever Lola wants, Lola gets,” but with dogs.

 

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