Dog standing over dog laying down
So I first experienced this with Lyka and Crios. Lyka would be laying down in the yard, and Crios would stand over her. To me it looked like he was guarding her. The backyard was the only place he did this, and Lyka never seemed to mind a bit, and she the dominant one of our crew.
Floki has started to do it with Seiran. I don’t know if he just picked it up from Crios, or if I was reading the behavior wrong from the beginning. It’s never been an issue for the dogs, it doesn’t turn into fights, and it seems like the laying dogs enjoy the shade provided by the standing dog.
I started reading into this topic, and everything says it’s a sign of dominant behavior and to put a stop to it immediately, but every example they gave was with both dogs standing, and one leaning their heads over another dogs back, with or without putting a paw on them to try and get them to lay down. I’ve witnessed this with other dogs, and it always leads to a fight if the other dog doesn’t submit, but it’s nothing like what I’m experiencing. I’ll attach a photo of Crios and Lyka engaged in it. Floki seems to have an uncanny ability to tell when I have the camera out and takes off 😂