a. Are these dogs wild or domesticated? Why?
b. Should Buck be given the lead spot in the sled pack, especially being such a beginner in pulling? Why or why not?
c. Why does Buck think he should get he lead spot?
d. What makes a dog the "alpha dog?"
e. How can a dog gain or lose this position?
f. Do you this anywhere else in nature or society?
2. Have the students research pack interactions and discuss the different "levels" that have been proposed (i.e. alpha, beta, etc). The students can then act out these positions in there own pack.
3. Have the students research sled dogs and the communities that are dependant upon sled dogs. The students can look into the Iditarod and other famous races. Perhaps by researching the sled dog community the behaviors of the dogs (i.e. domesticated pack interactions) can be explained and discussed further.