Welcome! I hope you stick around to learn all you can.
First things first, we are pretty much united around here on the "alpha" nonsense as being just that-- nonsense. The dominance theory has been disproven over and over as ineffective and based on bad research and misinterpretation of wolf behavior.
All that being said, I would encourage you to do some research on why "actin alpha" can actually be hugely detrimental to your dog and why it's really an unfair tactic to use, especially given the fact that you have only just brought this dog home.
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Either in the general section or the training and behavior section is a sticky called "Two weeks....give'em a break". I think it would be very beneficial to you, your family and the new dog if you read and implemented the suggestions within that sticky.
Hi and welcome to PBF. This is the place to learn about the breed, and, dogs in general. Please read the stickys at the beginning of each section. They're packed with wisdom. I second that you should start with the "two weeks..gimme a break" thread. I use it to introduce new fosters into my home. And, as always, never leave a dog of any breed alone with small children.
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