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My Quest is a bit over a year. She pesters my lab mix Bailey when given the opportunity. She will sit on him, make him get off of the bed, and will nibble him given the opportunity. She also hates it when anyone is giving him attention rather than her and will go over and interrupt. I put a stop to it, but wonder if that is the right thing to do. Do these guys need to work this out on their own? or am I as pack leader supposed to be monitoring their behavior so much? I do feed and walk him first and wonder if that is confusing things for them?

Bailey doesn't seem to have it in him to really get her to back off on his own. He is a big gallumph of a guy which I love about him.

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Originally Posted By: LandosMomMy Quest is a bit over a year. She pesters my lab mix Bailey when given the opportunity. She will sit on him, make him get off of the bed, and will nibble him given the opportunity.
When my Echo does this to Cyrus, I stay out of it. As long as he is not being hurt.

Originally Posted By: LandosMomShe also hates it when anyone is giving him attention rather than her and will go over and interrupt. I put a stop to it, but wonder if that is the right thing to do.
Your right to put a stop to this. Affection/Attention should be given on your terms not the dogs.


Originally Posted By: LandosMomDo these guys need to work this out on their own? or am I as pack leader supposed to be monitoring their behavior so much? I do feed and walk him first and wonder if that is confusing things for them?

Bailey doesn't seem to have it in him to really get her to back off on his own. He is a big gallumph of a guy which I love about him.
I stay out of it, if no one is being hurt or pestered too much. If you find that Bailey is really annoyed I would step in.

As for the feeding my Echo is clearly the leader (besides me) of my little pack, but I feed her second.
 

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The dogs have to work out the pack rankings themselves ... BUT, if I am giving attention to one dog I do not allow another to interrupt.
 

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as pack leader I do not allow bullying. That he does not allow Bailey to receive attention is a sign that he doesn't see you as the leader.

When Quincy was a pup I didn't allow Ava to bully him and now he is 8 mnths I do not allow him to pester her.
 
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