When my family got our first puppy, my youngest sister was almost as small as she was. Of course, the puppy grew at a faster rate than the baby human and the dog was bigger and stronger in no time.
We had a running joke that my dog thought she was ranked higher than my little sister in our “family wolf pack.” Even though it was a joke, there was some truth to the matter.
Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason, and part of it has to do with them respecting us as the alpha. Thousands of years of domestication has brought us to this point, where dogs do incredible things like save their masters from burning buildings.
Even if your dog isn’t a hero, chances are she does things to show you how much she loves and respects you as the pack leader every day.
Scroll down to learn about how your dog might be paying you respect as the alpha dog in your family pack.
How Does Pack Order Work?
We all know that dogs descended from wolves and that wolves live in packs. In the wild, pack order is important for survival.
Pack order is still important for domestic dogs who retain many wolf qualities.
According to Cesar’s Way, the pack is led by an alpha male and female, followed by betas and omegas.
Betas serve the alphas, and the omegas at the bottom of the barrel serve everyone else. With domesticated dogs, humans are part of the pack, and we hold the dominant role.
Sign 1: Your Dog Follows You Around
Does your dog follow you around? If she does, this is a sign that you are in fact the pack leader.