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My ten month old has just started to do this on other dogs, generally the older dogs that we see on our daily walks. I like to stop and have a quick natter with the owner and dog and Q has a bit of social interaction.
I guess its not the correct term and im not sure if its a dobie thing or a male thing never having had a boy dog before. :)  Its hard to explain but he just kind of pushes on the other dog in a bullying kind of way (i think) using his shoulder. He has also started to do this on my feet if they are up on the couch. For this i give him my haka face and he stops right away.
Has anybody elses dog done this? Q is still unneutered but generally very laid back.

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Hi Q Tip,

This is a normal behavior for dominate dogs. It's a way of sort of testing another dog's strength. When he interacts with the other dog - in his doggy mind - since the other dog isn't a threat, and isn't a member of the pack, he must be under consideration for membership. So Q Tip is just making sure he's fit.

Dog's do that to each other as one of their many subtle ways of testing hierarchy. So when he tried doing it to you, chasing him off with a dirty look is good. So is staying strong and letting him feel you're stronger than him - or give him a little nudge. And yeah, few of us are stronger than our Dobermans but we have the advantage of leverage and they don't understand all that stuff.  ;)

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Sabbath does the same thing to any dog that is of equal size.
He leaves the little dogs alone but if a larger dog is around he will puff out
his chest and try to push them. The trainer said it's a dominance trait and
is normal to all male working breed dogs.

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:) Thanks for that guys, Im happy when Q does all the rough and tumble stuff with dogs around his own age but i feel its a bit respectful to the 'Old Timer' dogs who have tolerated Q since day 1 and all seem lovely although a tad arthritic. Maybe im just thinking too much like a human and not dog. :)
Would neutering help with this?
The only other problem I have with Q at the moment is his suicidal cliff jumping episodes ??? I am trying to get this in hand. :)
Oh yuk our clocks go forward tonight...hope my dog lets me lie in :)

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Probably will. Unless you have trained him to read a clock (I'm convinced Dobes can do anything) he will probably get you up on "sun time".