The other day I was sitting on my deck watching my dog and my two neighbor's dogs play. I sat there for probably twenty minutes watching them run up and down my backyard jumping around and growling in a friendly manner. Then I saw them barking at each other. I thought that they were going to fight but they never hurt each other. It seemed as they were establishing dominance.
I had heard about how dogs and wolves can create a little pact where they figure out who is the leader, who is the beta dog, and who is the delta dog. My dog and the neighbor's dogs were doing this. My dog seemed to be in a little fight against the older of the other two dogs. They were jumping in an aggressive manner (not too aggressive) on top of each other to show who was boss. At one point my dog rolled over and laid on his back. I later searched this up and it turns out that if a dog or a wolf does that it is the signal to the other dog that they are under them in the leadership chain. Now the older dog was jumping and barking at the other younger dog. Instantly the younger dog also rolled on its back and laid there for a little while.
The older dog then walked away while my dog started to play with the younger dog again, this time differently. My dog never let the younger dog get a hold of the rubber toy he was playing with. It seemed that my dog felt that he was above the younger dog. At one point the younger dog snatched the toy and tried to run away with it. It turned out my dog was faster and the second he caught up with the younger dog he took the toy. I came to the conclusion that my dog felt that the younger dog did not deserve the toy because he was under him in the chain.
I found this peculiar that even with out speech they were able to understand each other and had their own "government system" running. Maybe our government can learn from these dogs? (Just kidding)