with the advent of ceaser and a dose of oprah, a tide of instant experts have swept the planet interpretting everything in terms of a alpha/dominance pack theory.
i have seen way to many people traumitising and stressing their dog as they enforce their dominance as the leader of the pack. eg never taught a loose leash walk/sit/whatever - stand over the dog direct eye contact like you are going to attack it until the dog cowers in submission.....
i am sure it gives some people a feeling of superiority and power they are otherwise lacking in other aspects of their lives.
have not got the links but apparently the original papers on pack theory was seriously limited and flawed in their methodology and have been long since discredited by mainstream science.
another popular theory sees dogs as solitary scavengers living on the fringes of human settlement living off scraps and only coming together temporarily to mate. it is no surprise that any of these dogs that showed human aggression were killed.
this theory has been anecdotely confirmed in the case of aboriginal elders talking of dingoes living around their camps on fraser, the aggressive ones were speared and eaten. i guess this still occurrs now thru park management except the dogs are not speared and eaten they are re-located or culled?
this is all just my take on it, i would like to try influence social norms when i can to educate people on any misguided and unecessary stress toward their dogs.
others views on this issue?