De-Bunking the “Alpha Dog” Theory – Whole Dog Journal Article.
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Did anyone ever tell you that your dog is trying to take over the house and that you had to ‘put him in his place’? Dominance theory has been discredited by the leaders in animal behavior and has been retracted by the very researcher who came up with the term ‘Alpha Dog’.
Your dog does not have the capacity to plan to take over the household. He will, however, do things you don’t like unless he is taught differently. You will not be asked to dominate your dogs in our lessons, but teach him kindly the things you would like him to do.
More information on this subject here: https://barksfromtheguild.com/2017/02/17/dog-behavior-dominance-reality-or-myth/?fbclid=IwAR18MmCbcjmlgCBupNBI3NyrIViwjgUQ1eGOq6kD_q_Vw3aYT_hWhmt3Uzo
Read what the top behavioural consultants from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour have to say about it here: https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Dominance_Position_Statement-download.pdf