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Toby is a loving dog and is nice to everyone, however he's started to bark at my husband (Only had Toby for about 5 weeks now).

It's only when my husband is sat down watching TV and Toby walks in and lays on the carpet, but then he will stand up and bark at him.
It doesn't seem like a nasty bark, perhaps he just wants to play (Something my husband doesn't do).

There was once a moment though where we were both sat down in the living room and all of a sudden Toby started to Growl at him. He wasn't snarling, just a growl.
My husband reacted by just staring at him - Something I've heard conflicting things about, some people say to do it to show who is boss, others say don't do it, it's dangerous. In the end Toby backed down and stopped, but I felt very uncomfortable about it all and we weren't sure why he started doing that and we weren't sure if it was the correct approach.
I don't stroke Toby or give him positive attention when he barks at hubby.

Although once I wanted to try this Alpha stuff, I decided not to but it seems I've become that person by accident. He does a submissive roll onto his back and when I stroke him he is submissive and head down (Until I stop and then he gets all excited and jumpy).

I'm not in the room when Toby barks at him, it's not a constant bark, it's just a quick little bark and hubby tells him to Shh in a firm tone.

Why is Toby doing this? Is it for play? Is it some kind of ranking?

The growling happened last week, and this barking started a few days later, again, it doesn't seem like a nasty bark.

We don't want to mess up.
 

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Thank you Georgia! :)

I've just sent my husband out to walk Toby. It usually is me that gives treats and feeds Toby and I'm always walking Toby or at least with Toby when my husband walks him.

I will make sure he ignores and doesn't look at Toby.
He definitely doesn't respect/listen to my husband as if he's trying to get him to follow him to the door for the toilet, Toby runs over to me and looks up to me so I have to tell him to go Toilet.

Toby is a rescue dog, he was found to be the width of his spine and we suspect he was abused too :(
He was very nervous coming in but he's been great since :) I suspect he was beaten because I firmly told him 'No' once and moved my foot to move him aside (Not to kick) and he screeched and yelped and my foot hadn't even touched him! Poor thing :'(
 
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