When you and your dog are hanging out together, do you ever find yourself trying to figure out if you're the "alpha" in the relationship? If so, take this short test to find out!
1) Are you a human being?
2) Is your dog a dog?
-Acts like a cat, I'm a little suspicious
3) Do you have opposable thumbs and are you in control of pretty much everything in your dog's life?
-Sorry, only yes's for this one.
Regis says "Who you callin' the alpha?!"
Did you find yourself answering "yes" to the above questions? Congratulations, you're the dominant one in your relationship with your dog. Automatically. By default. Yes, it really is that simple.
The definition of dominance is:
1. ruling, governing, or controlling; having or exerting authority or influence:dominant in the chain of command.
2. occupying or being in a commanding or elevated position.
3. predominant; main; major; chief
Some dog trainers and "whisperers" would have you believe that you need to prove to your dog that you are "dominant" in the relationship using physical force or intimidation. But the fact of the matter is, you are automatically dominant because you're the human with the fancy opposable thumbs. When your dog needs to go to the bathroom, who does he go to so he can go outside? You. When your dog wants his favorite toy taken down from a shelf, who does he go to? You. When it's dinner time, who does he find and stare at forlornly? YOU. You have control over EVERY resource that your dog could possibly want. And that is what dominance is. Having control over access to resources.
Dominant/Alpha is not a personality trait. It's not some my