A lot of people feel it’s unfair to treat their dogs differently, inadvertently creating even more tension among them as they work to establish their hierarchy. If one dog is clearly the leader–even if it’s a new dog–respect her position by greeting, feeding and walking her first.
For dogs, hierarchy is not necessarily determined by seniority. But if your older dog corrects a puppy, let her do your work for you–she’s helping by socializing the puppy and teaching him to be well-mannered and respectful towards other dogs.
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