I've learned that some of the things that I allow my doggies to do are "dominant" behaviors, i.e. sticking thier nose under my hand to get me to pet them. SO, now I'm wondering about this behavior that we always thought was kinda funny. We've had Sparkie for about 2 1/2 years. He gets along with the cats, but when he sees us comming home down the driveway, he'll quick look around for a cat, and chase it away. We've always encouraged him t chase strays out of the yard. Our thought was that he was trying to please us. Is there something else to it? Roxi we've only had for about a month, and she does the same thing, except with the birds. She is just fine with them when we aren't outside, but as soon as we go out, she chases them. Also, they fight over the food, and the *premium* spot under baby's highchair. How do I get them to stop, or do they need to establish a "pecking order"? OH, Sparkie is a 5 yo Basset/beagle mix, about 20 lbs, and Roxi is a 9 yo daschund, about 5 lbs. Neither have ever bitten anyone or each other (and we'd like to keep it that way), though Roxi does tend to get a bit "nippy".