I have never known of a dog eating another dog. It may happen, but I suspect it is rare. I have never seen a rat race. Perhaps rats race, but none that I have ever seen have done so before.
Our problems are human related. Perhaps dogs think, it's a people eat people world. Figuratively, people do eat people. In the "The Power of Nice," a great book, the authors suggest sending business associates cookies. Cookies are appropriate for lawyers, difficult or otherwise.
Sometimes I need to re-establish my humanity. Perhaps it's time to send cookies.