You may hear a lot about dogs’ dominance these days, depending on what television shows you favor. I’ve been working up to doing an article on dominance and how badly the concept is misused generally. Luckily, two top websites beat me to it so I will just link to them today.
The Association of Professional Dog Trainers is an organization of dog trainers who advocate and use positive, pain-free methods. The renowned Dr. Ian Dunbar started this organization some years ago
Well, the APDT has issued a position statement about dominance and dog training. I just went looking for a sentence or two to quote here but really the whole thing is so good that I suggest you go read that wolves are not organized according to dominance, that dogs are not wolves anyway, and much more. It can be downloaded as a PDF file if you wish.
And here is another really interesting article, a blog post with quite a few comments from readers as well: How Dominance Can Make You Dumb.