10-18-2013, 10:13 AM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Ottawa, ON
I really don't think it's very accurate.
My sister and I own a house together, she has a dog and I have two. She's the loving person of us, she's happiest just sitting on a couch cuddling the dogs and is more apt to let behaviours slide. I like cuddling as well but I also have rules that are followed without exception and I expect more from them. I definitely the heavy in the relationship but the dogs (even hers) still come to me 9 times out of a 10. I'll also add that we both spend equal time will all the dogs
My parents have three dogs, my dad doesn't have much interest in the dogs, and heíll let them out and feed them when told but otherwise leaves them alone outside of play time and cuddle time. So again, he's the fun one in the relationship where my mom is primary caregiver/authority. Also again, the dogs flock to my mom 9 times out of 10.
I really think being the "Alpha" is all about balance, knowing when to step in and when to let things slide. Consistency is extremely important as well both in mood and manner, so I donít think dogs just look for the happy go lucky person, I think they look also for the most stable person
Just my observations
Jasmine - Female Miniature Poodle - born Aug 15, 2010
Loker Delgado Von Stalworth - Male GSD - born Jan 26, 2012
Koda & Zazu - 5 year old male cats
Alex - Male Cocker Spaniel (rescue) - RIP Cuddlebug 2007-2010