Pack Hierarchy (Gunbil GSD way) - After 17 years in breeding, showing our dogs worldwide we have proven the Dog Pack Hierarchy regarding the GSD (German shepherd dog) as
we've established below. This has been the success in our world class breeding program
and contious to this day. This comes with experience, knowledge and our passion in improving the breed not just in type but in over-all anatomy, structure, mind body and soul.
- 1. ALPHA:
The 1st rank of the dog pack is the alpha. The
alpha dog is a natural born leader who does not
need to prove his rank to any other dog in the
pack. Primarily because the dogs instinctual
pack behavior comes into play and a hierarchy
must be established as to who is the “lead dog".
The Alpha dog that will quickly assume the
leadership role in your family, if you don't.
ROBUST, DOMINANT, POWERFUL, HIGH PREY DRIVE,
STRONG SPIRITED, EXCELLENT FOR SPORT,
RECOMMENDED FOR PROTECTION DOG.
- Alpha: The alpha dog must rule and is given
first rights in breeding with females and in
eating. Both male and female alpha dogs
exude confidence, maintaining control
through body position, facial expression,
and the occasional nip or snarl at beta
members of the pack. Understanding the
instinctual pack animal organization is
essential in helping dogs in homes receive
the training they need. Without the presence
of other animals, a single dog in a family
home is likely to believe he or she is the
alpha dog. The dog has to be convinced
otherwise by the “people pack” or else the
dog is likely to exhibit behavioral
- When a dog in the home remains
the alpha dog, undesirable behaviors may emerge. The dog will not follow commands, may bite, snarl, dangerously guard its food, and will refuse to be walked by an owner. With the last, an alpha dog usually walks its owner, not coming to heel when requested, but hurrying the owner along at its own pace. Not all characteristics of the alpha dog are bad ones. Alpha dogs are often quite smart animals, and in natural wild dog settings, they would be leaders. In a family setting they must be convinced that they are not dominant.
ALPHA-BETA: This is the 2nd ranked dog in
the pack, it's also a leader but is second in
command to the Alpha Dog and in line for the
Alpha position if the opportunity is given. The
Alpha-Beta dog conveys confidence but clearly
less then the alpha and much more than the Beta.
Excellent natural ability and instinct to
protect his/her family (with defensive and
offensive natural ability and instinct to
protect his/her family).
POWERFUL, VERY GOOD PREY DRIVE, VERY GOOD FOR
SPORT AND IDEAL DOG FOR FAMILY PROTECTION.
- 3. BETA:
The 3rd ranked dog is excellent for family. Not
necessarily a follower to the Alpha, rather a
different kind. He avoids confrontation and
risks. He does not have the need to challenge
for position. Very affectionate loving dog and,
if raised with children, will make an excellent
playmate as well as watchdog for them. Good
defensive natural ability and instinct to
protect his/her family.
STRONG, GOOD PREY
DRIVE, GOOD FOR SPORT AND FAMILY PROTECTION,
EXCELLENT FOR FAMILY!.
BETA-OMEGA: The 4th in command. An ideal
family pet for high traffic and large families.
Most often this is the one who is most laid
back, does not lack confident, with "sound"
temperament. Will accept lower position without
a challenge, happy to hangout with you. A cool
dog. AN IDEAL
FAMILY PET, GOOD PLAY DRIVE, READY TO PLAY AND
READY TO PLEASE ATTITUDE.
- 5. Omega: The
5th is the lowest ranking, the
Omega. The last ranking dog within the pack. is the omega. The omega is viewed by the rest of the pack as the weakest link.
This dog (Omega) will lack confidence necessary to excel to the higher rank
position of the Alpha. The Omega dog can be very shy and
naturally will try to avoid confrontation. The
Omega dog is happy to be a follower. When
approached by a Alpha dog, Omega dog will
start wiggling, licking face (mouth), and
lay-over and expose their bellies but are very
pleased to interact with the Alpha dog. The
Omega dog tail is between their legs (in dog
parks) and will walk cautiously at the dog
park with fear and submissive and will
avoid provocation, and/or may bark from fear or
even fight back.
- Therefore, they are often the target for
being bullied, harassed and picked on by dogs of higher ranking
in the pack order.
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