pitmom2104 wrote:We definately plan on watching them and keeping them separated when we aren't home we have crates my Princess is a counter surfer when we leave her out for too long!!
As part of Dr. Beach's long-term study of the behavioral endocrinology of sexually differentiated behaviors in dogs, (conducted at the University of California, Berkeley), we investigated sex differences in social rank and aggressiveness*. The findings proved to be so rewarding, that observational experiments on the development of social hierarchies became the focus of the research program for nearly a decade.
Social rank was assigned primarily from results of dyadic bone tests - observations of two dogs with one bone, and from general observations of the pack at large, e.g., which dogs had prime access to other valued and limited commodities such as, favorite resting places, food pans, water supply, toys etc. Standard dyadic bone tests comprised two parts: firstly, the equal opportunity test, in which the bone (a large meaty ox tail) was thrown to land equidistant between the two dogs and then, the ensuing interactions were observed for 90 seconds (e.g., possession, approach, vocalizations, threats etc.); and secondly, the affirmative action test, wherein the bone was given to the underdog for 30 seconds and then the higher ranking individual was released from an holding cage and the interactions were observed for a further 90 seconds.
An examination of inter-male relationships demonstrated an absolutely linear hierarchy, with extremely infrequent variation during the nearly ten years of testing. Regardless of the specific situation, ownership of a bone, or any valued commodity, was almost always predecided by the rank of the dogs concerned.
Females had a similar linear hierarchy but compared with males, they exhibited greater variation from day to day. Female success was often dependent on the specific situation. For example, if both females had equal opportunity to take possession of the bone, its ownership was decided primarily by rank. However, if one bitch had already established possession, it was not uncommon for her to successfully defend the bone against higher ranking females (and sometimes, against higher-ranking males). It appeared, 'possession' was nine-tenths of female law.
In view of their greater size and strength, it was not surprising to find, males were generally higher ranking than females and won nearly 80% of the tests. Even so, some females were very high ranking and in some groups, the top dog was female.
Romanwild wrote:That's what that study essentially says but I didn't want to point out the parralells!
LOL I agree.SisMorphine wrote:Personally I am more likely to trust 10 male dogs in a home more than 2 female dogs in a home . . . of any breed. Any girl will tell you, we're catty and bitchy. It doesn't mean it's any different just because we're talking about dogs and not people.
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