Does anyone know of any reputable websites (.gov, .edu, etc), journal articles, or books discussing the dominance theory in domestic dogs (I'd prefer scientific studies or otherwise sources with a relatively 'neutral' stance). It occurred to me today that I've pretty much been "spoon fed" my position on domestic dog pack behavior or lack-thereof. As I'm sure has happened with all of you at some point or another, conversations such as the following are not an uncommon occurrence. Person: *insert comment on dog dominance* Me: "I don't believe that most dog behavior originates from an attempt to be dominant." Person: "Why do you say that?" Me: "Well, it seems to me to be a lack of training. It's also been noted that domestic dogs don't actually form packs and pack hierarchies the way that wolves do..." Person: "Says who?" Me: "uh, well....." *goes on to mumble something about a dog forum on the internet.* I am not the type of person to regurgitate information and it bothers me that I really haven't done my own research on a subject that is so meaningful to me. I am not looking for your opinion. I am, however, looking for the primary sources from which you derived that opinion. Thank you in advance! ------------------------------------ As a sidenote, how does one add a poll to a thread?