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If all dogs in my pack know who the canine alpha is, do I support that leader when he bosses (by doing nothing) or do I arrest his aggression?

Longer explanation: Five-year old rescued NM Maltese dominates five-year old rescued SF Belgian Tervuren and eight-year old rescued SF Rot/pit mix. Rarely is anyone other than balanced (to use Cesar's terminology) but when there is a bit of chaos, invariably has my Maltese boxed some ears. The two big dogs seem to take the behavior in stride but would I do better to quickly and firmly rebuke the Maltese, and if I do not, am I A) possibly leading him to think he could be dominate over me and B) leading the two big dogs to think I'm not a strong leader?

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