Alpha dog is numero uno, no bones about it, or are there? As a dog, I say yes. but I am confused. I am the alpha and an alpha female in the pack but we are had hysterectomies all our hormones are not flowing and if alpha female truly applies. As far as the cats go, they do their own thing, pretend they are alpha over us dogs, swat us with (ouch) their claws to show us who’s who. They don’t care about the bailout because they won’t have to work for it, like us.
- Alpha … is the first letter of the Greek alphabet (Wikipedia.org)
- Omega (the last letter of the Greek alphabet) is often used to denote the last, the end, or the ultimate limit of a set (Wikipedia.org)
“Primarily, an Alpha dog is one that will incessantly try to be a pack-leader. …An Omega is then the exact opposite…. Dogs learn to successfully relate to other dogs by keeping the peace, rather than by constantly fighting to reestablish this hierarchy.” ( from a web page I cannot find again to source, sorry)
Dogs thrive in human society because their relationships with humans mimic their natural social patterns.
Dr. David Mech of the University of Minnesota, who has studied wolves in their natural habitat,… no longer uses the word “alpha” because “It falsely implies a hierarchical structure in which a wolf assumes a place in a linear hierarchy. dominance is rare in wild wolves. Instead of “dominance” and “submission”, he uses the terms “assertiveness” and “passiveness”
“… domestic dogs conform to a hierarchy around an Alpha-Beta-Omega structure, domestic dogs, like their wild wolf counterparts, also interact in complex hierarchical ways.”
“In wolf packs and wild dog packs, age and experience are powerful influences helping to determine the rightful order, and thus peace….
Dogs need strong though not aggressive leaders. More willful dogs need stronger leaders. The only problem with the domestic pack is that we humans often do not know the correct ways to respond to our dogs’ demands and inadvertently destabilize the hierarchy. Then there can be trouble in the form of aggression and general confusion in the ranks. This must be avoided at all costs.” http://www.petplace.com/dogs/canine-social-structure/page1.aspx Canine Social Structure By: Dr. Nicholas Dodman.
After getting research from my owner about what humans think of dog behavior, I observe that human behavior is very similar. This human Obama seems to be both Alpha & Omega, or beta but certainly not Omega. He acts like an alpha but the betas and omegas are not getting the message. Does that make him a omega or a beta or a failed alpha? He seemed to try to beta Paulson and alpha McCain but then Dodd betaed him, just after Franks also tried to alpha McCain. With the video showing all of them up at the table in the WhiteHouse (my owner told me what that was), the omega was in the middle, the alpha wanna bes were at each end, and lord knows what position the others fell in to, especially the female who was trying to act like alpha female but the omegas and betas weren’t buying it.
Who the heck is the alpha here? ………………………………………………………………………. Seems like the steady quiet one with the white hair. He hangs around the periphery but no one seriously challenges him. They bark at him but he just ignores it and says show me the money, the plan, the details. He is acknowledging his republican betas in the House are being challenged by bigger packs, their constiuents. The Democratic betas and omegas, and alpha wanna be try to blame him for the whole congress’ packs bailout fallout problems. The Obama human said someone interjected presidential policitics but did not elaborate on any specific acts or instances. What is says is so confusing and so, well, generic. The white haired wise one looks pretty assertive to me, debates be darned, the integrity of the pack is at stake. (I’ll be darned if I go and darned if I don’t go, when there is not any firm agreement from the packs from which to say anything on. National Security, shmerity, what is the point when there is no group strategy and many betas and omegas want to be alphas, and no one asserting authority, moral, ethical, or otherwise. Sitting duck at the debate.
“Dogs learn to successfully relate to other dogs by keeping the peace, rather than by constantly fighting to reestablish this hierarchy.”
This Obama human, he is assertive in tone, using words but passive in action, whatever action he actually takes besides putting his face in front of friendly camera. The McCain human sure looks assertive to me, in body language of patience, and in using wisdom of experience to draw upon, to calm all the congressional and constituency packs, lead them off their disorganized paths, and to unite as one gigantic pack.
My human tells me that this confusion will be over on November 4 and then she can remember to feed me at the correct time and walk me regularly again, instead of thinking up these silly blogs. I am ready for an alpha named John.
What do you other cool cats think?