MAN THE IMAGE BEARER
We reject the alpha dog training philosophy. The evolutionary mentality teaches that we are all animals anyway since we evolved from a common ancestor. Therefore, humans can just be “part of the pack”, behaving as a dog and establish themselves as the head dog (alpha). Man has been made in the image of God and has the breath of life breathed in him. This is a distinct and important difference. (Gen. 1:27)
HUMANS ARE NOT DOGS
We reject the idea that humans should act like dogs. There is no social order between dogs and elephants, crocodiles or bears. So why do we depart from everything we observe in the real world to think that humans and dogs should interact as the same species? What does the Bible say about humans vs other animals? (Gen 2: 19-2)
MAN REGARDS LIFE
We reject the idea that humans should be members of the pack and try to become the pack leader. While dogs will sometimes form packs, it is not relevant to our relationship with the dogs. Why? Social dominance does not exist between two species. Humans are not dogs, and dogs are not ignorant to this fact. God ordained humans to take dominion over the creature as a good steward. (Prov. 12:10)
ALPHA HEIRARCHY DISPROVED
We reject the concept that wolves develop alpha hierarchy in the wild. Wolf biologist, L. David Mech says, “calling a wolf an alpha is usually no more appropriate than referring to a human parent or doe deer as an alpha…The point here is not so much the terminology, but what the terminology falsely implies: a rigid, force-based dominance hierarchy.”1
DOGS ARE NOT WOLVES
We reject the idea that the domesticated dog was derived from the wolf. Just as most creation scientists reject the idea that modern man evolved from cave men, we reject that the dog evolved from some wild wolf dog ancestry. The wolf has a nature that cannot be tamed, unlike the dog. He serves no master but his own desire and instincts. (Mat. 7:15; Mat 10:16)
WE CHALLENGE YOU
The dog reflects our character, if only we have eyes to see. They show us both our sin, and the possibility of beauty through love and submission to a Master who works all things together for our good.
"The analogy is clear, the wolf represents the unregenerate person, while the domesticated dog represents the converted believer. A domestic dog may seem uncouth, but he is willing to submit to a master. It is the act of submission that makes him valuable! The wolf on the other hand has unlimited potential, but he refuses to submit to the master. The same instinct that makes the dog an effective servant to mankind is corrupted in the wolf. God’s plan for all of us is that we become converted and usable, not wild and vicious. His desire is that we submit to the Holy Spirit and become like Jesus Christ, using our talents and abilities for His benefit.”2 (Rom. 8:18-23)
At Fortress K9, we teach both the love of the dog as well as love for the Creator. We challenge you, the dog comes under submission to his master…who will you come under submission to?
1 Alpha Status, Dominance, and Division of Labor in Wolf Packs by L. David Mech (Page 5)
2 Spiritual Gifts as Illustrated in the Canine Kingdom by Dr. William J. Boyd (Page 76)