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The Call of the Wild by Jack London!! 1 question

Chapter 1:

* " He's no slouch at dog-breaking". What does the term "dog-breaking" meant? what is the purpose of the abuse?

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Definitely abuse, and that is your definition. The breaking of a dog implies fear; dogs who learn to love and obey their masters because of good treatment and loyalty are not broken. There is no loyalty in a dog that's been beaten into submission, and who performs out of fear of a beating. Someone who breaks dogs breaks their spirit and forces them to perform.


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