What do Francois and Perrault expect of their dogs?


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In Jack London's novel, "Call of The Wild," we meet Buck.  Buck has been stolen from his peaceful and relaxing life at Judge Miller's home.  He has been sold into a hard life of labor and stressful existence.  After being "broken" by the man with the club Buck is purchased by Francois and Perrault.  These men run a sled with supplies and mail.  The dogs they buy to pull the sled must be survivors and they must be strong. 

Francois and Perrault expect their dogs to work together as one.  They expect the more experienced dogs to train the new dogs and they expect the dogs to work to the best of their abilities to move from point A to point B with little or no trouble.  This does not really happen until after Buck kills Spitz and Buck takes over the team.

"They are just masters who treat the dogs fairly, although they get the maximum amount of work out of their dogs with the minimum amount of food."

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