|Barked: Sun Oct 14, '12 2:34am PST |
|Haha, I did read it all.
He wasn't my mister gray, thank dog. He, was my mister gay. That added its own unique splash of color to the situation, lol.
Agree with everything you said about wolves! Have a look for the book 'wolves at my door' by Jim Dutcher, its the story of a captive pack in the sawtooth mountains, Idaho. Now, they use the terms alpha, beta, omega, but if you can bear that (lol) it tells the story of the most benevolent leader, who did not rule his family with an iron fist (or paw, lol), juxtaposed against the classically 'dominant' behaviours of his insecure mid rankers ... it's a wonderful book, anyway, and the ending made me cry.
Dominance and submission will always remain one of my favorite branches of study, as I am fascinated by social dynamics, (of both animals and people!), but I am no 'dominance theorist' (god, its like a dirty word, isn't it?) simply because it makes no sense. Dominance, true leadership, whatever word you want to put to it, is a soft subtle thing. Dictators who inspire fear in their subjects tend to meet stickier ends than most for these exact reasons. (And they tend to go mad with power, although that's really a different conversation... lol.) Anyone who studied the Julio-Claudian period of Roman history in school could ascertain a pattern there, heh.
And people who act like deranged swaggering tin gods with their dogs, jabbing and crowding, inevitably tend to get bitten .. as was discussed recently EVERYWHERE.
ETA: JT has been labelled as dominant with other dogs many times. He's not. He's a craven coward, completely insecure in himself. He challenges out of fear, not out of any feelings of authority. The truly relaxed, assertive dog is usually the most stable with others, I find. (I don't.bother trying to explain that, however, lol ... its not worth the breath. I usually just get the hell outta there.)
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