As we all know dogs are wild animals and a current type of care should be taken to live in peace and harmony with each other. Some instinct of the wild wolf are still residing in domestic dogs today. With that being said they have strong drives and weak drives. Some house dogs are independent whereas others are the masters of shadowing you. Those dogs that have a independent personality have a weaker pack drive then those that love to be around you and get your attention.
With dogs being pack orientated they need a leader, a parent figure, pack leader or what some would say "The alpha". This term "Alpha" get a lot of bad rap and can sometimes be tied to dominance force training which can and can not be true. As leader of the pack some type of dominance can be displayed but not in a forceful way. This person who takes on this role has many varies responsibilities besides walking, feeding, and shelter. The alpha is a protector, provider, teacher, leader, and most important the fun for play time
Protector- keeping your dog out of harms way, your dog should be relaxed and confident that when your around they are safe
Provider- food, water, shelter, as well as fitness both mentally and physically
Teacher- not only in obedience training, a dog must know how to act in current environment, rules of the house as well as outside, boundaries with neighbors
Leader- Dogs need a stable leader for guidance that's coming from a loving, trusting, and respectful place. A calm and fair leader with positive energy can keep any dog in any state from being a nuisance with out and force or intimidation