About the 5-letter word "*lpha"
Lately I have been hearing a lot of people saying don't use the word ALPHA, or I apologize; &*@^#
Must say, until now, I don't understand the hubbub. As your dogs guide, teacher, and master, are you not the "alpha" of your pack, so to speak? The leader, the one who controls resources, the one who corrects, the one who allows or does not. In the wild, alphas will correct, control, lead. Those who refuse the word alpha, do you never correct your dog? Never control resources? Never lead? Those same people may use the word "pack leader", or simply "leader", and in essence, is this not the same thing?
I will allow that "alpha" could sound harsh, we use the word because of nature's alpha, who must be brash and reactive in many cases, so it's easy to see how one could associate a negative and heavy-handed leader with this term. But those same alpha are also providing for the pack, without the alpha, the pack is nothing, the pack is non-existent, the pack is without guide; what pack has no alpha? I will also allow that this is not the wild, we are domesticated and in houses, not in wolf dens, further, that dogs are not wolves. However, dog owners are still dealing with canines, animals, not logical thinkers like us, they do not truly understand human thinking and emotion, we must teach them to understand us through years of breeding, genetics, selection, training, and domestication. But, in the end, this all leads back to canine instinct - how does one teach another, other than teach to follow the leader, or alpha.
Last edited by jae; 11-10-2012 at 08:07 PM.