For tagging questions related to behavior where dominance and pack hierarchy (e.g. "alpha dog") are assumed to be factors between 2 or more animals, including humans.
This tag should be used for labeling questions related to pack theory as it relates to dog training. This theory has modern adherents, but is also widely contested by behaviorists and ethologists, and can be contrasted with other methods of dog training that used behaviorist models such as classical and operant conditioning.
- Dominance and Dog Training, Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
- De-Bunking the "Alpha Dog" Theory, Whole Dog Journal: Dec. 2011.
- Pack Theory Debunked, Victoria Stillwell.
- Wolf: The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species, Mech, David. Univ. Of Minnesota Press, 1981.