From a historical point of view, the need for a structured social life is one of the main reasons for the development of domesticated dogs.

Their living conditions have changed dramatically over the past two centuries. Thanks to their skills to adapt, they have become today's most popular family pet. No other animal has such a close bond with people.
Differentiated communication, as well as secure social structure has been -and still is- the reason for a successful companionship.


Based upon an old tale, there are seven tasks, the so called "pack positions" within a social community of dogs. According to the tale, these positions complete and support each other and ensure stability of the pack.

Today the term "pack" is more narrowly defined within scientific research. Earlier it simply meant "cohabitation" of canines. Within today's ethological research, a pack is defined as a "family unit". However, according to the old tale, social tasks within a pack were not linked to genetic relations.

Dogs have a clearly defined form of communication, mainly based on body language and mimicry, as well as olfactory senses, which are very important for living within a community of other dogs.

When two dogs meet, they start a conversation based on different communication levels, which informs each other comprehensively about the other's personality. The knowledge about temperament and social functions within a pack determines their future social interaction with each other.


We often forget how difficult it must be for a dog to understand his owner completely.

Sharing a life with a dog covers only a limited time in a person' life. For a dog, however, it is generally his whole life, since he does not have the ability to change his living conditions, if the current social structure does not meet his needs.




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