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is it always and only the leader who corrects a pack member's behaviour?

whenever luc acts rudely to me (which isn't often, last time it happened, he was hurt and i didn't realize it), teagan will growl, and snap at him - tonight she got in his face, previously she has nipped his back leg - obviously i don't allow this, and i thought the behaviour was gone, but it just happened again.

basically, we were in the side yard, and the neighbours whose driveway is next to it came out. luc gave a growl/bark - he has before at them, though not for over a month - and he only does it to them - he's fine w/other people walking past next to us, the other neighbour (with the dog), but he doesn't seem to like these neighbours. i did my usual (unusual i suppose, since i so rarely have to do it) LUC! SIT! in my 'your world just ended' voice and his butt hit down pretty quickly and he immediately was quiet. then he had to wait on the porch (in the front) until i let him down. (he was off-leash) but when i was moving him to the other side of the porch, i took the handle on his collar - he doesn't like the use of the handle, so he balked a bit and made a noise of protest, which is when teagan (who is on leash w/me) went at him.

it's nothing serious, she's not trying to hurt him, and the dogs immediately played once inside and are now lying together, so it's not like it was taken personally. i obviously don't allow it so it doesn't have the chance to escalate either.

but i'm more worried that it is a sign that teagan, who generally now accepts me as the leader, hasn't fully done so yet. or do middle-ranking dogs correct lower dogs for transgressions to a higher-ranking pack member? (she asks hopefully)
 

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oh good! we've come such a long way and i was 'oh.....oh.....darnit!!!!'

phew


esme corrects luc if he sniffs her butt too enthusiastically
but that's generally the only other animal-on-dog correction in the household (mitch runs a tight ship among the cats however luc is in far too much awe of him to approach him....cats w/3 legs and no teeth are tough and scary, apparently....)
 

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awww....cleo and mitch sound like they'd get along in a 'we're both top cat' sort of way....

i always take teagan away immediately. i didn't pop correct her tonight, i said 'NO' and moved her off. she was a little bit extra-interested in luc for a bit (tried to chase him once he was allowed off the porch) but i redirected her okay.

thanks!
 

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thanks


i'm feeling a lot better. i've always stepped in, but wasn't really sure what teagan's corrections (or attempts to) indicated in terms of her and i's relationship. i obviously keep on working with her, but wasn't sure this wasn't indicative of a more serious issue. i'm very happy to hear it isn't!
 
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