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The Alpha Dogs Rules

Alpha rules in the animal world are real simple, the animal with the most attitude usually gets his or her way. The alpha is not always the biggest or strongest animal. Regardless of the species, this rule applies across the board.

Everybody has seen this rule in action, and I’m not talking about something you have seen on TV, or your dogs. If your not sure about what I’m talking about, next time you feed or you see someone feeding birds, just watch and you will see what I’m talking about.

Same goes for Squirrels, although it’s not as easy to see a bunch of squirrels hanging out together eating.

Or how about when you were in Elementary, Middle ( Jr. High) or High School. There were always the tough boys or girls in your school that everybody knew and tried to avoid unless you were part of their pack.

Back to the animal alpha rules thing, as I said the alphas of any animal group, is usually the animal with the most attitude.

There is one exception to the alpha attitude rule, can you tell me what it is.

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9 Responses

  1. Hey Tom,

    That was a great Movie, can’t believe the bitch slapee was Billy Bob.

  2. “The exception being only some dogs are truly tough, have moxie, or guts. When a dog that has been getting away with his attitude alone finally meets the real deal they usually fold like a house of cards.”

    This happens in the human world too! See:

    My favorite scene of all-time!

  3. Yup. The difference between my sister’s GSD and my sheltie/terrier cross.

    Last time they tangle my dog got a hole in her head. 🙂


  4. Ha! Too funny!

    So, what in your experience, marks one of these boss dogs?

  5. Hi again Adrienne,

    The attitude thing only gets a dog so far, I’m sure you have seen a little dog bossing around a bigger dog with his attitude alone. We usually find that funny.
    The exception being only some dogs are truly tough, have moxie, or guts. When a dog that has been getting away with his attitude alone finally meets the real deal they usually fold like a house of cards.
    That’s to say they give up real fast. Now some of these guys are smart enough never to try there attitude thing again with a real boss and some, well, they ain’t too smart.

  6. Hmmm… Not a pretty picture. 😦

    Ok, I give. What’s the exception?

    My other thoughts are an injured animal but I think they catch the brunt of things.

    How about a receptive female? I would think they are covered under the “attitude” clause though.

  7. Hi Adrienne,

    Not all of the young are safe from the other pack mates. You wouldn’t want a puppy trying to play with one of the less social or grumpy pack member, that would be very bad for the puppy.
    I remember years ago on some TV nature show a stallion killing a foal by biting it’s neck and flinging it around. The voice over said, (erroneously I might add), that the horse instinctively knew there was something wrong with the foal, that’s why he did it.

  8. I would have to say puppies, kittens, cubs, foals etc. The young of the world can get away with a lot. Am I right? 🙂

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