Biggest myth and controversy in the dog training and behavior world ever:
"In order to have a successful relationship with your dog you must show it who's boss because otherwise it will try to dominate you because that's what wolves do in the wild."
False. First of all, a wolf pack consists of a breeding pair and their puppies. They don't fight for dominance. The pups defer to their parents, and any older siblings the same reason any offspring would- the parents care for the pups, protect them, teach them, are bigger, stronger, and more experienced. The only known cases of wolves fighting for rank are in forced captive packs of unrelated adult wolves being forced to live with each other and can't disperse to their own territories, so they will fight until they figure out a stable structure and who they can defer to.
Second, while a dog is genetically the same exact thing as a wolf, developmentally, they're juvenile wolves. It makes more sense for a dog to think of a human family as its family with parents and siblings. Using physical or mental forms of intimidation and aversives in order to "dominate" your dog will result in breaking the spirit of softer (more sensitive) dogs and cause them to "shut down" (learned helplessness) and have no effect or worsen the behavior of hard dogs. Behavioral problems don't come from dogs trying to take over the world xD They come from lack of training, socialization, not understanding English or human expectations, or bad genetics.
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