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Gaining dominance (dog over other dogs)
Not sure if this is the right category but she's only 10 months old.
I have a 6 year old NM beagle and a 10mo old SF Dobe. My beagle (whom i've had all 6 years) was low man on the pole when i had my female lab (lost her last summer). After that, he was man of the house for a couple months while we looked for another puppy and even really until the last month or two with Jazz. Well now, Jazz is increasingly "pushing the point" in their little squabbles. These are usually settled quickly then they love each other again, and aren't truly terrible fights, just dominance issues. Jazz picks on the beagle alot (constantly biting on his neck, she's triple his size) and when he gets tired of it he puts her in her place, only now, she's retaliating and has won a few. We try to divide the attention evenly and do alot wiht them together. They are kenneled together (it's huge) and they are almost always piled on top of each other sleeping with plenty of room left to spread if if they so chose.
I knew when we got her she would end up being dominant, she's the F, it's just how it usually goes. My question is, is this just the phase of Banjo having to realize he's going to be the peon again and Jazz claiming her top spot? I'm hoping so and that it will start to decrease. They have little squabbles nearly every day...never and blood and never more than a few seconds, but some are pretty intense (never over toys or food either). Jazz just annoys him/starts it by nit picking him and sitting/leaning on him or laying over his neck with most of her weight and he's getting older and not as tolerant...bam, squabble time. Now don't get me wrong, they play and otherwise get along great. Just don't want to let this escelate if ya'll think this is not normal. My lab was older and already dominant when she got here with him so this is the first time he's had to fight for his top spot.