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Help with my Alpha...

As most of you are aware, we added the 2nd dog (Copper) in March. Miley has clearly established her role as the alpha. My problem is I don't know when I should interfere. When I feed them, Copper sits back and waits til she's done (which could take forever). This behavior is fairly new. Copper used to chow down his food immediately and would take hers if I didn't separate them. Now he won't even touch it til she's done. Not a big deal I guess, as I know this is how it should work in "dog world". But we had to go back to square one with poddy training, and I would give them treats in the yard after they went. Well, she would get very jealous if he would get a treat for going poddy. Now he won't go poddy for me in the yard. He just looks at me, and looks at her like "she'll kick my butt if I take that treat". I tried this morning taking them out luck. I know he knows what I'm doing, cause he would go on demand for a day or 2. Until Miss Alpha got mad at him for taking treats. What do I do???

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Miss Alpha needs to understand that YOU are the ultimate alpha here. I would stop her from kicking his ass if he gets treats. YOU are alpha and you decide who gets treats and when and as "alpha" and a good leader, he should feel you are a fair leader. You need to respect the pecking order between them and let them work it out when she will be dominant and he will be submissive, but he shouldn't feel bullied by her. Being alpha isn't a who's the biggest bully thing-it's about repect and strong leadership.
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I agree with Christy If she is jumping up to take hte treat out of your hand when it is suppose to be his, I think it has more to do with your and her relationship than his and her...

It is always funny how people view my dogs. Belle is extremely dominant in nature with everything and even more so when it is just her but people who come into my home and see snipits of their true interaction are always shocked to realize see who is alpha. My most well mannered dog Dora would be considered my alpha. You don't see it until it needs to be seen (I am talking maybe twice a month). The most often case is when Belle and Dash have it out about something usually Belle gets too rough with Dash. If Dash yelps, then Dora comes out.

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I agree 100% with Christy and Amanda. It's important that YOU establish your role as the boss and YOU get to say who gets a treat when. Of course, this should all be fair so you shouldn't be treating one overly more than the other or you'll just be breeding jealousy. It's important to keep your household peaceful and cohesive by taking on the leadership role, IMO.

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Ok...that's what I needed to know. I didn't know how much I should interfere, but looks like I need to lay the law down for Miley. I was afraid if I scolded Miley, she would take it out on Copper. But that makes sense that I need to take over the alpha role. Thank you for your help!

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Good advice. If you don't become the Alpha, one of the dogs will. It doesn't have anything to do with being mean. They actually prefer it that way, but one will take over if they see the need.
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