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Alpha wolf/dog theory debunked

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Alpha wolf/dog theory debunked

Postby Linnea » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:46 pm

The debate has its roots in 1940s studies of captive wolves gathered from various places that, when forced to live together, naturally competed for status. Acclaimed animal behaviorist Rudolph Schenkel dubbed the male and female who won out the alpha pair. As it turns out, this research was based on a faulty premise: wolves in the wild, says L. David Mech, founder of the Minnesota-based International Wolf Center, actually live in nuclear families, not randomly assembled units, in which the mother and father are the pack leaders and their offspring's status is based on birth order. Mech, who used to ascribe to alpha-wolf theory but has reversed course in recent years, says the pack's hierarchy does not involve anyone fighting to the top of the group, because just like in a human family, the youngsters naturally follow their parents' lead.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article ... z0vOufhWRE

It's actually an article about the best method to train your dog and the poor little Dog Whisperer isn't faring too well. His methods are described as cruel and ineffective given that dominance doesn't play a part in canine behavior, particularly for a household dog. Interesting story...
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Re: Alpha wolf/dog theory debunked

Postby Brian » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:21 pm

"I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower
Makes you talk a little lower
About the things you could not show her."

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Re: Alpha wolf/dog theory debunked

Postby Linnea » Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:34 pm

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Re: Alpha wolf/dog theory debunked

Postby Brian » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:16 pm

"I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower
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