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Didnt realise so many people believed in Alpha nonsense.

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So I have moved areas and become part of a face book group for the local dog park.

There are quite a few members who post, asking how do I get my puppy not to be the alpha over the older dogs and blah blah blah she needs to know she is at the bottom.

I REALLY did not realize how many people bought into that BS.

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This one is though and I'm hesitant to even write this. I'm not saying I agree with it, but the breeder who we got Ace from subscribes to the "dominance" theory and all that it entails..."alpha rolls" when the need arises and all. Her dogs absolutely revere her and from my limited experience would do anything she asked them to. Her dogs are extremely well trained and well behaved. She has 14 intact dogs, all of which she shares a relationship with that I have yet to see anywhere else. She did not physically restrain or discipline a single dog while we were there. With that said, not a single one shied away or flinched when she moved, they just obeyed her. They also constantly wanted to be around her. When she said "come" they came. When she said "go outside" they went. Without a second of hesitation.

Again, I'm not saying I agree, but it's really hard to completely dispute when I saw how beautifully and harmoniously they all live together.

On the flip side, despite the fact that dogs share many biological traits with wolves, they've been domesticated for 15,000 years. I have a hard time convincing myself that either of my dogs think that I'm a dog. I also don't think I need to eat first to walk in front of them on leash at all times...but then again, my dogs are not as well behaved as hers.

Just a thought.
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