because they (the people) believe that by not
“dominating” (teaching, rewarding and disciplining) the
dog, they are creating a relationship based on respect.
In fact, by not dominating the dog, they are causing a
situation whereby the dog must (by all dogs hold worthy)
be the dominant one. This too-common mistake not only
ruins the upholstery, but is unfair to the dog. When you
move to Australia to run with a pack of dingoes, Fido can be in
charge, but as long as you are legally liable for your
dog’s misfortunes in human society, you have to be the
alpha animal in the relationship. You are your dog’s
interpreter and teacher of human culture: your dog’s
happiness and his very life depend on the way you help
him interact with human society.
There always has to be an alpha-dog. This had better be
“Dominant” behavior includes teaching, rewarding and
You can be the dominant alpha-dog and still respect your
You are your dog’s link to the human world.
You are legally liable and ethically responsible for
your dog’s behavior.