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Female dogs tend to be a lot more bossy than males, and often end up being the dominant pup.

I agree. And they make alot of noise while doing it. I've never had a male-female pair where the female didn't end up running the show. My Bassets make lots of noise while they work this out, but they do. My rules of thumb are--if it looks too aggressive (standing on their hind legs sparing, for example), it's off--I dump a bucket of water on them, and they calm down right away (a hose works, too). If I'm tired of hearing it, I let them know. After that, they don't knock it off, I dump a bucket of water on them etc. I've never had it get serious, but they do sound like they are killing each other.
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