i see so many dog posts on here where people are like ha ha omg this dog is great look at this silly dog [insert picture of poorly trained/aggressive/stressed out/badly behaved/scared dog acting in a way it really shouldn’t]
oh i feel this so hard
there’s a lot of popular dog videos with very stressed out dogs in them, like the pug who whines that it doesn’t want to go to bed, and my friend linked me a video of a “dancing dog” the other day that was actually just practicing repetitive coping tics due to being threatened and in a confined cage
ok don’t say “really shouldn’t” and “badly behaved” and “poorly trained” about dogs with mental illness or stress reactions or trauma etc because that really is fucking victim blaming and really gross
but yeah i saw that thing with the dog “dancing” and i… i mean i didnt wanna ruin everyone’s day with the fact that this dog was in a horrible situation that no dog should be kept in
Dogs who aren’t trained well are more likely to have stress reactions to normal situations because they have not been trained how to react appropriately, or are confused about where they fit into the hierarchy of the “pack” (your household). For instance, a dog will bark a lot at intruders or refuse to obey commands if it believes it is the alpha, and protecting the household - negative reactions to a natural instinct in the dog produces an anxiety effect.
Also, saying a dog isn’t trained well is not victim blaming. The blame lies squarely on a dog’s owner for anything it does. You can’t blame a dog for anything it does because dogs don’t have self-autonomy in the same way humans do - dogs are a domesticated species, meaning that they have been bred to rely on humans for survival.
dogs don’t live in packs.
the “alpha dog” and “dominance theory” are both false and harmful to dogs.
nobody has “blame” for what an individual does, dogs do have autonomy, and they deserve autonomy to the extent that is safe for them, they do make decisions and they do have mental illnesses. here are some debunks on the bullshit “alpha dog” crap
Truly wild dogs live in family situations. “Packs” form out of unhealthy environments, i.e. urban feral groups and captive wolves (the ONLY situations in which pack dynamics are observable!)
Dogs see humans as their parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, friends. Wolf couples, who bond for life (but can divorce in a traumatic situation) adopt orphaned wolves and care for them; this is largely the situation that domestic dogs are in.
Dogs are not genetically different enough from wolves to be neurologically dependent on humans categorically, this is like Cesar Milan-level pseudoscience and it’s DANGEROUS.