By making it crystal clear that I am in charge I am being so very kind to my dogs. I am preparing them for a life in a world that is run and dominated by humans. They look to me, a human, for ques and guidance during daily life. It allows them to interact with people, other dogs and see(smell) interesting places.@bremo
Be open minded being wrong. The majority of humans thought world was flat. Minority knew the world was round. Who was right and who were wrong? Humans aren't dogs don't have the capabilities or intelligence to understand them more like dogs can. Dogs understand themselves and us more than humans do dogs. The more you respect and are kind to who he is the better off dogs will be. Seems kind of selfish phrase and silly "dogs are not humans". So how do you know you are right cause of silly books? You need plenty of personal experiences.
Think of how simple and easy their life is because of me. I feed them, I keep them healthy, get them healed up if sick. I cover their heads with a climate controlled habitat that is free of poisons and potential dangers. I will protect them to my dying breath. Demanding a modicum of civil behavior is a small burden on a dog, their social instincts are very powerful.
Add to that I love my dogs with every fiber of my being. They are loyal and unshakable companions, they weather any storm without malice. They make me laugh and unfortunately cry(don't live long enough). Over the many thousands of years we as a race have had canines as part of our society natural selection has molded a creature that thrives(depends possibly?) on strong leadership. Intelligent working dogs need direction and focus to properly fit into a culture wherein humans sit at the top and brook no misbehavior from "lesser" species. We owe it to dogs to show them the way.
As someone already mentioned, I own my dogs. It's a legal issue. What is the point of bucking that sentiment? It gets me, the dog and anyone associated with me or the dog nowhere. Best to accept that it's the way of the world and work with it. Does not change the fact I care extremely deeply for my dogs, respect them for what they are and try diligently to make communication as clear as possible between species.