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Article: Danger! Dominance Theory! (No replies)
The alpha myth is everywhere. Google “alpha, dog” on the Internet and you get more than 16 million hits. Really. While not all the sites are about dominating your dog, there are literally millions of resources out there – websites, books, blogs, television shows, animal care and training professionals – instructing you to use force and intimidation to overpower your dog into submission. They say that you, the human, must be the alpha. They’re all wrong. Every single one of them. As a professional dog walker, you need to know why this myth is so damaging to your client’s dogs, why it’s unprofessional and unethical to use it with any dog, and why its unfortunate popularity has been fatal to far too many unfortunate canine companions.
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