Are dogs prey?

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Dogs are not generally seen as prey on the food chain, especially domesticated dogs who are kept in homes. In the wild, some coyotes and wolves may become prey for larger predators. However, these wild dogs are extremely well adapted for survival in the wild and have keen senses of smell, hearing, and sight that usually allow them to fend off potential predators.

A primary reason that dogs are not typically seen as prey is that they instinctively possess excellent survival skills. A dog’s innate sense of smell allows them to detect fear, weakness, sickness and other emotions with one sniff. A dog’s eyes are also very sensitive to low-light environments, and they have a wide field of vision, giving them the added benefit of being aware of objects, people or other animals that are within 240 degrees of their eyes at all times.

Dogs also possess a fight-or-flight reflex that allows for greater survival odds. For example, a smaller breed will most likely have a flight reflex that kicks in if a larger dog initiates a fight. On the other hand, an Alpha dog, or a dog who is willing to fight, will most likely not step down from a fight with another dog if he senses that he will probably win.

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