Dominic prefers certain things over others:

He likes to use, but hates to consume.
He is wise, but not smart.
He prefers eyes to ears.
He would seize, but he would never take.

Would he rather tease or joke?

Here is the SOLUTION.

THE SOLUTION:

He's rather tease.
 
Dominic likes things that sound like letters:
 
USE (Us)
WISE (Ys)
EYES (Is)
SEIZE (Cs)

So, naturally, he'd rather TEASE (Ts).