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I never really thought of it much but I agree that the term "dominance" is over used with respect to dogs and dog training. Too many people seem to polarize roles as being either dominate or submissive with nothing in between. Personally, I think the social structure of a pack is much more complex than that. I also prefer the term leadership instead of dominance. Some pack members are leaders, some are followers, some are waiting their turn to be one or the other. The bottom line is that if you don't lead your dog, it will try to lead you. It needs SOMEONE to be the leader, but the leader isn't necessarily dominate in the traditional sense.
 
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