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Is my dog trying to be dominate or just trying to be playful?

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This may be a bit of a dumb question but here goes. My 1-year old beagle/lab mix quite regularly will be playing with his toys by himself, and then decide to bring the toys over to our 9-year old lab/beagle.

Rather than engage in sharing the toys, or calmly chewing on them next to her he will prop the toy up on top of her and sort of lean into her like she's a pillow or something. My 9-year old (Gia) is very good-natured and puts up with this for awhile.

I thought it was funny first, but then I got it in my head that maybe he's just trying to bully her around. If that's the case I'd prefer to make sure he knows that Gia is the alpha-dog in the house and he needs to respect that.

What do you think? Just a goof-ball trying to get her to play or is there more to it?
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I appreciate your feedback on the matter. As he has a tendency toward deep, agressive growling when he plays I tend to get a little paranoid that it might translate to forms of 'real' agression. And our older dog is just so good-natured I don't think she has it in her to really stare him down and tell him who the mama bear of the house is... even if she's double his size!
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