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Billy, sweet little Billy, is ALWAYS deferred to by Molly, who outweighs him by 10 pounds! Both are exactly the same age.
When the food is set out, Molly sits over to the side, watches Billy eat, and only when he moves away does she approach the dish. When they both get a treat, Billy wolfs his down, and Molly, who likes to take time and examine the treat, will usually either move aside so Billy can have it, OR he'll take it right out of her mouth!
Same thing with throw-and-fetch: we throw the toy, they both RLH, but Molly looks back and stops so Billy can get the toy first! There is no aggression, and no fighting. Molly just lacks assertiveness and Billy takes the lead.
Molly has, however, during the last couple of days, started "mothering" Billy...she'll "herd" him during a walk, she snuffles the back of his neck, and she'll coax him with her paw when she wants him to follow her. He is agreeable, so it's working.
It's just an interesting study in dog psychology!