You are better off being a teacher and training the dog. I won't even bother to refute the whole pack mythos, it's been done to death.
Originally Posted by dognews
This is nonsense. How do people know what the dog 'feels obliged" to do? And how is he going to become the leader?
If you fail to establish this position for yourself, your dog will feel obliged to try to take the position of leader for himself.
Kind of hard to establish a 'natural state' for an artificial species.
No. Let's see what two world renowned researchers actually have to say on the matter
dogs would live their entire lives within the closely structure social order of their pack.
"Comparative social ecology of feral dogs and wolves", Ethology Ecology & Evolution 7: 49-72,
In the case of feral dogs the social structure appears to be essentially an aggregation of monogamous breeding pairs and their associates (pups and/or subadults of pair members). Agonistic behaviour, which has been observed in ritualized forms similar to those of wolves (L. BOITANI et al. unpubl. data), does not seem to extend over the individual level and does not seem to translate into a higher social structure (i.e., the hierarchical scale of wolves) that includes all individuals and exerts forms of social control on group activity (e.g., in reproduction).This means that, all the points made are false. "Packs" don't have a leader. There is no dominance hierarchy And there is no alpha.
Even wolf biologists are dropping this term in favour of the more descriptive 'breeding' male/female.
In wolf society, this individual is called the "alpha."
Weasel word alert!!!
Professional trainers know that it is a waste of time to try to train a dog without first establishing themselves as alpha to the dog.
Poor 'alphas' (sniff, sniff) they must feel so lonely and confused.
Every dog needs a leader to listen to and adore. Without this leader, a dog will feel lost and unstructured.
. Nonsensical and arbitrary, as well as betraying an ape's way of looking at things and projecting them onto a dog.
1. Always praise your dog confidently
. Again, more apish projections.
2. Praise warmly, well and quickly
There are well described rules as to how to use punishment.
3. Reprimand fairly and quickly, then forgive.
Better yet, train properly. This is an ego rule based on the belief that non-compliance is an signifies active rebellion by the dog. The usual cause is improper communication with the dog.
4. Make the dog obey on the first command.
Better yet, give cues the dog understands and has been reinforced for.
5. Give commands only if you can follow through,
Based on the false belief that one dog controls everything, which we know is not true.
If you teach him manners and proper behavior, you don't have to deny anything.
7. Deny permission. Monitor your dog's behaviour. Teach him some manners.
No such thing as a sit-stay. There is only sit which we then train for duration. Funny that LD Mech has never described one wolf making another wolf sit for extended periods.
Interestingly enough, a real wolf pack (read family), the social interactions seem to be based on submission and deferent behavior and not dominance and 'tough'ness
9. Be Fair, but tough. Act like a top dog. Tough, but loving.
Talk about projecting and anthropomorphizing the dog.
10. Be a model to your dog. The top dog behaves with dignity, confidence, authority, and intelligence.
Overall, a few tidbits of correct information, but it is drowned by the outdated detritus.