|Barked: Fri Jan 25, '13 3:27pm PST |
|" because either a dog is dominant or submissive"
Ah, well that's actually not true. This is about interchange/interplay, so he can be one with one dog, and then flip to an opposite role with the other. So it's not a "quality"....my dog is dominant with others or he is submissive....but rather that the role he is playing in the interchange takes whichever role is available to him.
So with one dog, there is all sorts of stuff he can get away with and does, but with another dog he tests that, gets told off and immediately takes that opposing role of submission for balance. Then may try to test the boundary by being vigorous, or with the exciting conflicting emotions may try to hump.
Your gray dog is more patient and may be more of a "peace keeper," meaning comes to the defense of his friend, who just won't stand up for himself, but maybe one-on-one with the puppy is more tolerant. A lot of dogs are extremely tolerant of puppies, simply because puppies are never a threat to them and they understand this.
I wouldn't worry too much. He's got some balance with one dog telling him "no way!," one who will correct when necessary, and one who is eternally patient, but if you feel it is too much bossyness from the puppy, just put him on a longline, so that you can gently pull him over to you and get him to do something focused, like a sit, and give him a treat. That usually helps get his mind off being too jazzy.
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