Ok, I wasn't sure where to put this, but I figured some of you guys have dealt with this before with your dogs. I seem to have a worsening battle on my hands. We have 4 dogs in the house at the moment. But I am having an issue with 2 of them in particular. The oldest of them...Lucy is 13. She is a 70 lb lab/healer mix. Very smart, very loyal, but age is slowing her down. She IS the boss as far as the dogs are concerned. However we also have a male 8 year old beagle/hound mix. He goes about 50 pounds with a bum hip but for some reason he has it in his head that HE wants the top spot. Of our 4 only 1 is male. All of them are fixed. What the younger one has in speed the older one has in brute force. I catch the male posturing at times (chin over the back) and the lab just ignores him. Then he gets in her face and at times it elevates quickly. I have been around dogs all my life, and I understand their pack mentality and I am certainly the pack leader. Typically this doesn't happen when I am around. It's like the male knows I'll kick his butt across the room. My fear is that the older one when truly provoked will flat out kill the smaller one. I have seen her tangle with coons and ground hogs before and she chooses her moment and then its a bite to the back of the neck a few vicious head shakes and it's DEAD! But the smaller one doesn't seem to be smart enough to realize this is a real possibility...of her doing this to him. So far I have NEVER seen her instigate these confrontations.... Is this simply the male trying to be the leader? Is this something else? is there anything I can do other than let them work it out between the two of them?