Sierra is a siberian husky female who is only about 4 months old. I've only had her for about 2 months now. About 2 weeks ago, we just got another big black dog who is about 4 years old. Sierra is wild, crazy and very playful, she also bites way too much and she is always bothering the big black dog, jumping on him, biting him. My black dog, his name is Titus, is very calm and manages to put up w/Sierra and play w/her. Titus sometimes will growl at Sierra though when Sierra takes things too far. Anyways, my deal is I think Sierra (since she lived here 1st) is having issues because Titus is new and its like they are both trying to dominate each other, but Sierra is only a puppy. It's like they can't figure out who is the dominant one.
Let the dogs work it out on their own. Any interference from you will just prolong the problem. Your older dog with probably put the puppy in check in no time. In case a fight does actually happen do not ever put yourself between the two dogs. Use a hose or a bucket of water to break them up.
I am with the others, it sounds like Titus is helping teach Sierra some self restraint when she is just being too much. A mother dog would do the same if she was still with the litter. How does she respond to him when he gives her a correction? Does she growl back? or back down? Just from what you describe I don't see that as dominance behavior at all, more like Titus teaching her proper socialization behavior. Which is a great thing. Hopefully she will learn from his example! It sounds like you've really lucked out with a gentle older dog like Titus.
i agree with all, let them work it out. titus sounds just wonderful and is doing just what he should. the puppy is being a puppy. they have to decide how their order is. this sounds like my lab and my pug.