We have two dogs. It used to be three but an unseen hole in a fence lost us one to traffic. When our oldest: (Nemo) was still a puppy he tried as hard as he could to be our alpha. We responded by reminding him that yes, we were still the boss of him. (Think of any 4-year-old you've ever known shouting: "You're not the boss of ME!" It's like that. When we did this, Nemo would find the towel that we used to play with him with and shake it back and forth and maul it. His non-vocal but entirely clear message was: "Ya, you're the boss of ME, but I'M the boss of the towel!" Insert several years later, Another Aussie, this time a VERY dominant bubblegum. I took away something she was playing with and put her in her place for breaking a rule she KNOWS is the rule and she looked at me, shook her rump and immediately started chewing on Nemo. "You're the boss of me, but I'M the boss of NEMO!" she meant. I looked at poor Nemo, now 10 and if not geriatric, not in his younger years and exclaimed: Nemo, you're now the towel!" Just had to share it. Not sure if any other dog people will get it or not.