Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Why Street Dogs Form Into Packs

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Rachel
May 6 ·
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There are many street dogs out in the world, but don’t worry; they may be looking out for one another. There are a few reasons why street dogs form into packs, and it’s all about survival. 

What Is A Street Dog?

A street dog refers to a dog that doesn’t have a home with humans. Instead, they live on the streets or in the wild with or without other dogs by their side.

Also known as stray dogs, these pups are often on the streets because they got lost from their home, were abandoned, or were born on the streets.

In addition, they can also be known as feral dogs.

The difference between a feral dog and a stray or street dog is their behavior. In other words, the term depends on how domesticated the dog is.

For example, if a dog lives on the street after getting lost from its owner or abandoned but previously lived with humans, it’ll have domesticated behavior.

This means that if you come across them on the street, they might be excited to see you. Of course, the dog could be slow to trust, but it’s obvious that they’ve had some sort of human interaction before.

On the other hand, feral dogs may have been born on the streets and have had no human interaction before. Or, maybe they were abandoned and had been living in the wild for so long that they’ve lost their domesticated behavior.

The feral dogs will be extremely slow to trust and won’t come near you for a while.

If Street Dogs Don’t Have Humans, Do They Have Other Dogs?

Believe it or not, there are a few reasons why street dogs will form packs with one another.

One reason is if they were lost or abandoned with other dogs. But, frequently, if dogs were housemates, they’ll stick together. Thus, forming a small pack.

On the other hand, if a dog becomes feral on its own and comes across other feral dogs, it may form a pack together.

The dogs will form this pack to help one another survive. They no longer rely on humans and will help one another survive.

For instance, the dogs, more or less, go back to the roots of their wolf ancestors. The dog that’s the most intelligent (not the most aggressive) will become the “leader.”

When it comes to finding food for survival, the dogs will often scavenge in the garbage. Sometimes, they don’t know how to hunt if they were once house dogs. If their instincts kick in after some time and they hunt prey, they don’t know what to do with it afterward.

Before they get to that point, street dogs may find a human and be excited to see them. Also, they may look to humans for some food.

Why Are There More Street Dogs In Third World Countries?

Unfortunately, there are millions of dogs that are living on the streets. Some can be adopted or brought to a shelter. However, some of them don’t make it.

In the United States, there are plenty of animal rescues and animal shelters. There are also plenty of resources to help street dogs, bring them to the vet, or catch them and get them into an animal shelter where they can be rehabilitated and adopted. 

Not everywhere has those same resources.

For example, there are many street dogs in third-world countries because most people can’t care for the dogs.

It’s hard enough to afford dog food, but vet bills can be costly. For instance, most people can’t afford to get their dogs spayed or neutered. Therefore, unwanted litters occur.

The dogs and the puppies are abandoned on the streets because their humans can no longer care for them.

This is what causes so many dogs to be on the street. It’s a vicious cycle of the dogs not getting spayed or neutered. If the dog already lives on the streets, then the puppies are born on the streets.

Thus, everything snowballs. If the puppies and the mother can survive, more unwanted pregnancies may occur.

The Dogs Stick Together

When this happens, the dogs may form packs with one another. For example, if a dog has puppies, then her puppies will be by her side for a while.

Unless the mother gets sick or injured, she’ll most likely care for her litter. After that, the siblings will grow up and, since it’s all they’re used to, they’ll stick together.

In a nutshell, these street dogs form packs with each other because it’s their best chance at survival.

So, if you see a group of dogs together, see what you can do to help. For example, you might provide food for them if you can get close enough to them. Also, you might be able to earn their trust enough so you can catch them and bring them to the vet or an animal shelter. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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