i'm on the fence about it. i don't buy into the dominance theory but i do believe they have to respect their owners so to say.
the reason why i might believe it is because i have a reactive dog and have been told many times that i started this by dumb handling (not in those words lol)
what do you think?
Here's how I'd break it down-
A dog is reactive. Lets make up an example. Dog is one day charged by a strange dog on a walk and gets frightened. Because he is initially afraid, he then starts barking and growling at other dogs that come up to him afterwards because barking and growling usually make the other dog go away.
Simple enough, and there are many different ways to handle this.
But at what point does the dog think to himself "man I wonder who the alpha/dominant one/pack leader is here?"
In my opinion, they don't. An action caused a reaction, one behavior led to another, its as simple as that. Weather or not you are the "alpha" never played into it. I feel people want to read too much into this notion of "dominance", when what they should be doing is looking at the behavior and fixing that.
I don't consider myself an "alpha" or "dominant" or a "pack leader". I consider myself a dog owner, with two dogs, who do dog-like things and have dog-like behaviors. When one of them does something I don't like, that is counter to the human-like things that I do or my human-like behaviors, I either correct them or teach them something else to do that I like better. Why? Because I'm a human and they're dogs and while I enjoy them being and doing dog-like things, they still have to fit into a human-like world. Not because "I'm alpha and I said so", but because that's just the way it is. And I think, honestly, that's about as deep the rabbit hole goes on that one.