Do dogs sometimes like people who are more aggressive towards others?
My mom yells at me a lot from the couch, where my dog likes to stay most of the time. Sometimes if I try to keep my dog warm by covering her in a blanket or if I gently pet her, she'll growl at me. But it's only in that area. Outside of that area she's usually very sweet.
I'm certain that she sees my mom as the alpha, but it's still strange to me that she would growl or even nip at me because aside from bath time I do nothing that should displease her so much.