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    Thanks everyone! It's funny to hear other bullies are doing this too.
    I find the whole thing hilarious when it happens, but if it's a dominance thing I probably don't want to let him get away with it.

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    Bacon does the same thing when we are playing, if I'm sitting he will come up and nuzzle my chin too. With Jen he likes to climb up on her shoulders if she is sitting down.

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    It could be a reaction to your posture of laying on your back with belly showing, a submissive pose for dogs. Or playtime could bring out a more dominant character in him like with our guy. He likes to put his paws on other dogs shoulders and backs during play, sometimes going so far as humping. We try to curb his enthusiasm for this kind of dominance play as some dogs take offense to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllisonXX View Post
    We try to curb his enthusiasm for this kind of dominance play as some dogs take offense to it!
    Particularly dogs that are already not very confident. They'll see this as an "attack" and the scrap is on. Good point, @AllisonXX

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    I'm in two minds on this. Dominant behavior I've seen usually has the bully standing with his whole body over the other ones head. Maggie used to do it and would puff her tiny little self up so that she looked as big as she could (at 35lb it wasn't that much!!). Linus does the same ... puffs out his chest and stands stiff legged over the other dogs head and shoulders. In both cases the other dog completely ignored them!!! However I've never seen resting their head on the others. .... and that's why Im not sure if its dominance or not. Next time check out the body posture. Is he standing stiff legged and making himself look bigger, or is he relaxed??

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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzy220 View Post
    I'm in two minds on this. Dominant behavior I've seen usually has the bully standing with his whole body over the other ones head. Maggie used to do it and would puff her tiny little self up so that she looked as big as she could (at 35lb it wasn't that much!!). Linus does the same ... puffs out his chest and stands stiff legged over the other dogs head and shoulders. In both cases the other dog completely ignored them!!! However I've never seen resting their head on the others. .... and that's why Im not sure if its dominance or not. Next time check out the body posture. Is he standing stiff legged and making himself look bigger, or is he relaxed??
    Yes I was going to say it really depends on the "stance". If they are using the confidence stance like Karen described above I would think it's dominance. When I lay down on the floor to play with my bullies they usually lay all the way down comfortably or run in circles even when above me. Also the head down butt up in the air stance is only playful.


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