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  1. Caroplodicus
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    This was really interesting. I have honestly never questioned it when people have talked about the alpha/pack thing in raising dogs. Call that laziness or just ignorance, I don’t know, but it just never occurred to me how absurd it is to treat a species of animal as if it was its ancestor. Your point makes sense, though. After all, we don’t raise our children after looking for inspiration in the parenting skills of other great apes. I don’t think our kids can cling to our backs the way our ancestors’ did, can they? Chimps are lovely enough, but I really don’t think we need to parent like them, so why raise a pup like a wolf?

    Thanks for sharing this, it’s really made me think about my own perception of dog behaviour.

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