Alpha Male is a Fairytale
If you think about it, one ancient test, which isn’t worth an ounce of beans, became the forerunner to some of the top selling training books, videos, and DVDs on the market today. In a true wolf group in the wild, there is no such thing as an alpha male. Since there is less than a .02% difference between a wolf and a dog, I would presume this true for dogs as well.
Consider the amount of time the exotic pet the gerbil spends digging in the corner of its cage. Think about this activity for a moment and then take an educated guess. If you put one gerbil in a cage with a sand-like floor and another gerbil in a cage with a ready-made tunnel and burrow system. Which cage do you think the gerbil will be happiest in?
Since the gerbil seems to love digging I had guessed the cage with the sand floor. What was your guess? Put you answers and responses here Guesses and comments here please.
The gerbil digs to create a burrow. The gerbil in the cage with the ready-made burrow was the happiest. It wasn’t the digging that made the gerbil happy; it was the end result – feeling safe in a burrow. If I had pet gerbils I would certainly want my gerbils to be happy.
The minuscule bit of research on wolf packs was a joke at best. It was a bunch of unrelated wolves thrown together in a captive situation. This was not a natural setting for these wolves, or a natural set of circumstances. These unrelated wolves had to create order in this crazy environment. They created what researchers considered the alpha male. This one group of wolves was used to determine what wolves do naturally in the wild. They certainly don’t have an alpha male in the wild.
Many recent studies prove that wolves are very much like humans. They live in family groups or family units; a mom, dad, pups, and perhaps an aunt or grandparent. There is also no such thing as the lone wolf theory. A lone wolf is a grown wolf pup looking to create his or her own family unit.
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There were so few tests done in the past, it just wasn’t economically feasible, or the old mind-set why waste time on animals. Now there is much research, from which you can benefit when raising any exotic pet, cat, dog, horse, pig, wild animal, zoo animals and more. No animal lover, wildlife rehabilitator, pet owner, or zoo keeper should be without this book. I still have goose bumps knowing I finally have the knowledge to properly raise my animals to be happy, healthy, and safe – and TRAINED! This would include my schizophrenic Ragdoll cat.
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