Rumors About Dogs You Shouldn't Believe

5 Surprising Rumors About Dogs You Shouldn’t Believe

3. Dogs Will Only Respect Their Alpha

It’s also a myth as old as time that the only way to get a dog to listen and follow orders, is by establishing dominance where the human is the alpha in the pack. This idea probably got its origin in Austria in the 1940s where animal specialist Konrad Lorenz used techniques from the german military when training their dogs.

More recent studies of wild packs of dogs have revealed that they have quite a different social structure than first assumed.

This structure is actually more reminiscent of human families, where the adults, and other grownups, are in charge, and the children are placed ad the kiddy-table. This is the reason more and more trainers use parent-child-method instead of dominance when training a dog.

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