Uso the Cane Corso becomes possessive over his food and tries to become the top dog of the house.
How do dogs determine the alpha?
When a new dog enters a pack, the existing members will go through a process of determining who the alpha is. This is done through a combination of body language, vocalizations, and scent. Dogs will often stand tall and stiff when encountering a new dog, with their tails held high. They may also emit a low growl or bark. Meanwhile, the new dog will usually adopt a submissive posture, with their tail between their legs and their head lowered. The two dogs will also sniff each other’s genitals to exchanged pheromones. Through this process, the pack will determine who the alpha dog is. The alpha dog is typically the one who is most confident and assertive, and who has the strongest scent. Once the pack has determined the alpha, they will typically fall into a hierarchy based on strength and size. The alpha dog will lead the pack, while the other dogs will follow. This hierarchy helps to keep the pack organized and ensures that all members know their place.
When two dogs meet, they will usually go through a series of rituals in order to determine who is the alpha. The first thing they will do is sniff each other’s behinds. This may seem gross to us, but it’s actually how dogs learn a lot about each other. They can pick up information about the other dog’s diet, health, and even emotional state. Once they have finished sniffing, they will usually start circling each other. This helps them to get a better feel for the other dog’s size and strength. Finally, they will often stand on their hind legs and push against each other. The dog that wins this contest of strength is usually considered the alpha. Of course, these rituals are not always followed to the letter, and sometimes two dogs will establish a hierarchy without any formal competitive interactions. However, in general, these behaviors help dogs to determine who is the alpha.