Dog Types -
Out of all the research we have done this seems to be the defining answer on why the two sides differ. Thinking of dogs as being in different categories may be the answer on why the two sides differ.
Each category seems to have 3 levels, high, mid and low. Ie. High level beta, mid level beta and low level beta.
Alpha is the boss or thinks they are the boss.
Beta is not the boss but would like to be. If there is no clear leadership they will try to take over the Alpha position.
In the argument of Pack Structure being bred out of dogs, Omegas are what they are referring to. Breeders can breed for dogs that are very eager to please. If you took a group of these dogs and watched them it would appear that Pack Structure does not exist between dogs. They don’t care who gets which possession or who gets pet first. They will walk behind you, are quick to come when called. They will often fetch naturally with no training.
In the argument that Pack Structure does exist, if you take a room full of Alpha type dogs where they place high value on items and want to be boss you can have bad fights. These are the types of dogs that often get kicked out of Doggy Daycare or don’t do well at off-
This is why it seems each side has their argument for being correct. It would really depend on the sampling of dogs you pick. Certain breeds can be more linked with easy going or trouble making but it is definitely not a guarantee.
There is also the argument that in wolf packs that we mentioned about it being more about conflict avoidance rather than actual pack structure.
We have pondered this and asked some questions that would be up to the wolf researchers to study.
This is what we have thought or wondered:
You can see points for each side of the pack structure or no pack structure argument. These are the questions we have asked and pondered.
If you have a dog that is eager to please then that would be a result of good breeding for the task you had in mind.
If your dog doesn’t want to listen or appears to be aggressive with people or other dogs or animals then you may find aid in abiding by the Pack Structure rules. This can help the dog see you as the leader and once they respect you it is then much easier to train them.
Take a further look into Dog Types if you are having a difficult time with your dog. This will help you determine if following the Pack Structure method will be of help to you.