Hi Jane, thankyou so much for your response, I,ll just go down your questions in order.
Yes, I've trained them all on the whistle when out, and they are very much led by me, when I stop, they stop and look at me. When I change direction, they change. I went to a trainer who basically trained me to be pack leader. But, am unsure about the relationship between the dogs themselves. Also the younger dogs were our puppies and were treated as babies. I don,t know if we have addressed their place in the pack.
The older female who is the mother, after having the pups she exhibited behaviour of the alpha female which lead me to see a dog trainer. This was addresses and have had no problems, but she has submitted to the young dog in question. The older female dog also submits.
both older dogs are female.
younger dogs, one submissive boy and the dog in question is female.
Feeding - the oldest dog gets fed first, then the mother, then the boy, last our female in question.
Attention gets given in the same order as feeding at initial greeting in the morning or when I have been out.
Dog in question is not allowed to sit in front of the other dogs by the fire as this seems to be when she will sort out the other dogs, she likes to be nearest to the fire.
Altercation with other dogs - this hasn't happened and because of where we live in the country it is unlightly. Although when it has happened she is pleased to greet and play with another dog.
I haven't tried anything else with the dogs other than what I was taught in the training sessions which Has become my natural behaviour on an everyday basis. Making sure I,m leading when we are out, never feeding treats from my hand, just generally being assertive as the leader.
I hope this information is clear for you and really look forward to your response. Many Thanks
I also forgot to mention that I suspect the problem behaviour is more lightly to occur when she is coming into a heat.