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Old 02-09-2019, 01:05 PM
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Pack or Group ?

My name is Thierry Hassid.

I currently am back in Europe and am taking a Dog Behaviorist training.

My question is related to Ethology:

Why do ethologists refuse to call a group of dogs, a pack?

Even more complex would be when you include 1 human.

When walking a group of dogs, is that a pack? A group? Does that make you a group leader? (assuming that you lead that group).

Can you even dream of ever being a pack leader in the eyes of the current trends in Science (Ethology).

Thanks for your enlighted input !

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Old 02-09-2019, 05:28 PM
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They refuse to call a group of dogs a pack because pack means a family group that hunts and lives together. Since this is a very rare occurrence in dogs ethologists use group to note that the relationships between individuals are different.

Colloquially people still call it a pack and that can be fine, I would never use it to justify punishment though.
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