There are quite a few misconceptions going around about how a dog pack
functions. The dog pack
absolutely DOES NOT exercise 8 hours each day! Rather, it's more like this:
The dog pack
goes hunting - of course, led by the Alpha Leader
. But if one pack member has a better sense of smell than the others, the Alpha Leader
allows that one to lead the hunt - until he is certain that he is on the trail well enough to lead it himself. Also, the dog who is most skilled at herding is highly respected by him.
Each dog pack
member is respected for each thing that he can do well, and is called upon to do it in any emergency situation. Say a helicopter came overhead and the frightened dog pack
ran, forced into another dog pack's
territory. The Pack Leader
would hand the reins over to whoever grew up there (most likely a female), as that one would know the cracks and crevices. The Leader of the Pack
is definitely not macho!
As danger passed, the dogs would return to hunting. Only about one in ten hunts is successful. However, once they do succeed in bringing down prey, they stay with it until only the bones remain - mostly eating and sleeping.
So contrary to the popular belief that all the wild dogs
do all day is run, it's more like: "We hunt a couple of times a week, and the rest of the time we eat and sleep!" - With occasional trips to mark the territory (the human equivalent of a field trip) and fairly regular games of chase.
Yes, a dog needs regular exercise
. There's no denying that. I'm a firm believer in twice a day, 45 minutes each time - 30 minutes the second time for some - but there are several dog breeds who could never keep up with that pace.
I mean really
... can you picture this Chihuahua trying to keep up with a German Shepherd?
The amount of activity you do with your dogs has to be based on their individual physical and psychological needs - not on what you've heard about the dog breed
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