The idea of putting important decisions up for a vote is nothing to sneeze at—unless you’re a wild dog!

These African animals live in packs. New research shows that when the pack is considering whether to go on a hunt, wild dogs cast a “vote” by sneezing.

But not every vote holds equal weight. A pup needs at least 10 sneezes to get the entire pack hunting. But a pack leader needs just three.

Reena Walker is a scientist who worked on the study. Her favorite part of the job: “You get to watch animals,” she says.