When there isn't an friction between them, they are basically equal and I have witnessed Brut give in to Fiona many times. Fiona is amazing in her speed and wit and can usually outsmart Brut with a single move, but when Brut calls rank, she is down. No questions, no challenge, no nothing. Consider me an equal opportunist but I've have never completely understood the purpose of the lower ranked dogs. They are always cowering and look like they've been beaten, but somehow I understand in witnessing this respectful relationship between Fiona and Brut how powerful it can really be.
I have always wanted to record a full blown account of this Alpha-Omega in action, but this was the closest I could find. In this video from last fall, you can see in the beginning as Fiona meets Brut at his level, then her head starts to drop, then her tail, until she is sitting. It is like bowing with the ultimate respect and having it returned. That is the part that blows me away.
Brut and Fiona's relationship is the most direct form of the Alpha-Omega relationship that I have witness between the four Back Dogs and I find myself in a bit of awe about it. How about you?
For those of you with more than one dog do you see this same dominance-submission traits in your pack?