Dog-Dog Interactions

That Darned Dominance Debate

Dog trainers often have a very hard time clearly defining what they mean by "dominance."  Many oddly state that they refuse to "even believe” in the concept, as if it were something equivalent to extraterrestial life forms or leprechauns. I find this puzzling, and a bit disturbing, perhaps because in my view, this "I won't even believe in that!" approach doesn't speak to any thoughtful examination of a complex and sometimes emotionally charged topic.