Biologists and veteran wolf behaviorists have gone public with proof that the way humans have interpreted wolf/dog dominance theory is inaccurate.
“The main characteristic of an alpha male wolf,” the veteran wolf researcher Rick McIntyre reports, “is a quiet confidence…quiet self-assurance. You know what you need to do; you know what’s best for your pack. You lead by example. You’re very comfortable with that. You have a calming effect.”
The point is, alpha males are not aggressive. They don’t need to be. “Think of an emotionally secure man or a great champion. Whatever he needed to prove is already proven,” McIntyre adds.
Here are tips on how to be a kind, purposeful teacher to your dog.
Good Leadership is...
Good Leadership is Creating Deference, Not Submission.
Being confident without being harsh
If you say it, you must be prepared to calmly, patiently make it happen without bullying the dog.
Being Consistent. The rules can't keep changing.
Being Calm and Neutral. Patience is a training strategy.
Being fair. Set your dog up to succeed. "Catch them doing it right and reward".
Control valuable resources. That means requiring your dog to
do something polite for you before they get what they want.
Being a good detective. Everything the dog does isn’t centered around their owners. Finding out what the dog gains from unwanted behaviors is the first step to replacing them.
So be kind and purposeful. Lead by example with stable emotions. Set boundaries and behave like the best teacher or boss you ever had. Your dog's behavior will be reward enough.