My own view on dominance is that I don't agree that everything is about dominance (i.e. dog staring at you is challenging you and so on), and I don't agree that dominance doesn't exist in dogs (dogs can act controlling/demanding over resources and others and it's not always about insecurity and so on).
What I also think is that just coz the theory used to define dominance was wrong (the wolves one), it does not automatically mean that dominance does not exist in dogs at all.
Not agreeing with dominance based methods is not the same as not agreeing that dogs can act dominant.
I use mixed methods - when positive ones doesn't work with our situation, I use corrections.
For example, it would be nice if I could use time out or ignoring my dog for bad behavior, but he would bark really non-stop when he knows he's being isolated and we're home, and if we turn our backs and ignore or go away when he demands attention and jumps, he would be even more demanding and mouth grab us.
Also, when going out with him, sometimes you just can't simply take him out of the scenario when he starts to misbehave, and the only way to stop such behavior is with correction.
Again, if I don't have a more positive way to deal with a situation then I will use corrections. Dogs and humans and animals are biologically capable of learning from aversive of what they shouldn't do, and it doesn't necessarily traumatize them.
Also, if you're a loving owner that is only correcting your dog when he misbehaves, he does know the difference and won't grow afraid of you or traumatized (unless the dog is often getting punished and can't learn why).
But well, and then it depends on the dog's temperament to determine if corrections are really needed anyways.
Lastly, before searching about dog stuffs on the internet, I never knew that it was really that rare to train dogs with treats. Many owners I knew does that, along with corrections only for bad behavior. I was also not familiar with all the dominance controversy and theories, just knew about how we should be strict so that dog knows we meant business and not to dominate and be the alpha lol.
I agree with what you say, and of coarse there is SOME form of dominance in dogs, just not the way we perseve it. Such as, one dog may be"dominant" over the other when it comes food, while the dog who isnt "dominant" over the food may be "dominant" over choosing resting places.
I deff understand why some use corrections of coarse, but their not for me. They just make me more stressed so I have to stay with positive methods and for me, they work, thats why I use them. But for many people arnt patient enough, or just simply doesnt work for them for whatever reason so i believe that corrections should be used for those dogs who dont respond to positive methods. Every dog is different, and corrections should be used only when nesessary and when positive methods had already been used; and had failed. Though many people over use them, and the dog either doesnt respond to them anymore or become aggressive. That is just what I believe.
According to the article,and many other resurces dominance is deined as:
"relationship between individuals that is established through force, aggression and submission in order to establish priority access to all desired resources (food, the opposite sex, preferred resting spots, etc)."
the position or function
of a leader
, a person who guides or directs a group
So i a way, they two are very different, though understand what you are saying. But we are already "Dominant" over our dogs: no matter what for we control the resources.