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Many Dobermans do enjoy very rough play.

However, I don't think it has anything to do with who is "top dog". Do some reading on "alpha" dogs and you'll learn that they don't have to be bullies to maintain their position. "Alpha" dogs just are "alpha" dogs, and it's well recognized by most dogs they come across. The ones that scramble around and act rough and tough and act like bullies are more apt to be insecure about their positions, and are not "on top" at all. The "top dog" will rarely lower themself to squabble for a position. They already know what it is. People are so consumed apparently for this need to believe that one of their dogs is "alpha" over the other(s). Very few dogs are truly "alpha dogs" - you're the leader in the house. Not one of them.

I think we try to make too much out of simple dog play. If the dog is playing too rough and frightening the other dog, stop the play - it's enough. If they're playing nicely and both are agreeable to what is going on, let it go on. It's that simple.
 
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