Do dogs test their owners?
Also asked, do dogs challenge their owners?
Most dogs assume a neutral or submissive role toward people, but some dogs will challenge their owners for dominance. A dominant dog may stare, bark, growl, snap or even bite when you give him a command or ask him to give up a toy, treat or resting place.
- Sometimes showing submissive urination when greeting other dogs.
- Turning away when other dogs stare.
- Allowing other dogs to win at tug-of-war.
- Providing attention and affection to other dogs, especially by licking their mouths.
- Backing off when other dogs want to take food or toys.
Then, do dogs see humans as Alpha?
No, dogs don't think of their humans as the “pack alphas.” First of all, dogs are not true pack animals like wolves. Occasionally we see dogs that have what is now called conflict-related aggression, formerly referred to as dominance aggression.
Dogs often choose a favorite person who matches their own energy level and personality. In addition, some dog breeds are more likely to bond with a single person, making it more likely that their favorite person will be their only person. Breeds that tend to bond strongly to one person include: Basenji.