When Snowball and Napoleon begin to disagree, how does Napoleon act in Animal Farm?    

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Fairly early on in the novel, Snowball and Napoleon start disagreeing about what they want to do on the farm.  Snowball is busy creating committees and setting up life on the farm.  Napoleon does not see eye to eye.  He thinks that these committees are worthless.  He thinks what is important is starting over with the young.  So, he takes the puppies of Bluebell and Jessie.  Later he makes them into his guard dogs.  In short, they are his muscle. Here is what the text says:

Napoleon took no interest in Snowball’s committees. He said that the education of the young was more important than anything that could be done for those who were already grown up.

After this Napoleon seeks to undermine Snowball, and when the dogs are full-grown, he lets them loose on Snowball.  Moreover, he makes up a story that Snowball was a traitor the whole time.  The animals are perplexed, but they believe in him. 

In conclusion, when Napoleon and Snowball start to disagree, Napoleon remains patient until he has his muscle to drive him out.