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Pack Theory

The theory that as domestic dogs descended from an ancestral wolf, the social structure of modern-day wolves is a good filter to understand dog behavior, either in terms of how dogs relate to other dogs in the home and outside, or how they relate to humans, or both.

In training, pack theory also contains the belief that the dog’s perception of his place in the pack relative to the trainer informs his willingness to perform desired behaviors. This often forms the conceptual underpinnings of rank reduction, and dominance based training.