Training techniques that are based in the belief that many behavior problems stem from a dog’s attempt to assert himself as alpha in the household. These techniques are designed to show the dog that the humans in the household are his leaders. Examples include:
- Going through doors before the dog
- Eating before the dog is fed
- Limiting attention and affection
- Using alpha rolls and other physical punishments
There is a great deal of controversy over the claim that domestic dogs adhere to a pack structure, or see their relationships in terms of dominance and submission.