Unlocking the Secrets of Your Dog’s Ancestral Instincts


As a dog owner, understanding your furry friend’s behavior can be a challenging task. However, it’s essential to remember that dogs are animals with ancestral instincts deeply ingrained in their DNA. By understanding these instincts, you’ll be better equipped to communicate and bond with them.

Pack Mentality

Dogs have always been pack animals. In the wild, they would live in packs led by an alpha male or female who made all the decisions for the group. This instinct remains even when living with humans as pets. You may notice that your dog often follows you around and seeks out companionship because he sees you as his pack leader.

Protecting their Territory

Another aspect of your dog’s ancestral instincts is territoriality- protecting what belongs to them fiercely. In ancient times, dogs protected their territory from other predators or rival packs trying to take over their land. Nowadays, this translates into being protective of their home and family members against potential threats like other dogs or strangers.

Hunting Instincts

Many breeds still hold onto hunting instincts because it was necessary for survival in ancient times when food wasn’t readily available as it is today through commercial pet food options. Some breeds have more pronounced hunting behaviors than others; for example, retrievers will naturally swim after prey while Terriers love digging holes looking for rodents – this is why so many brands offer toys mimicking prey!


Understanding your dog’s ancestral instincts can help create a stronger bond between you and your canine companion by making allowances for breed-specific behaviors and preferences such as exercise requirements or types of toys/puzzles they enjoy playing with! Remember that every pooch has its quirks which stem from years of evolution – learning about these traits could make life easier (and happier) both for you AND Fido!