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Paula asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger

Hi we have 3 dogs, the oldest is 6 (female) then 3 (female) and the pup is 7 months (male). We got the pup in June and lately our 3 year old rottweiler is attacking the 6 year old healer for things like barking or growling at the pup. It's gotten bad and I was wondering is there anything we can do to fix this problem

Hi Paula - Sibling Rivalry is a very difficult behaviour to address and is one where we require 100% commitment from all humans living in the household using our system- this is essential. As I cannot see the dogs it would be unprofessional of me to address this serious issue via this forum. All dogs must see and treat the humans in the household with total respect. Sometimes as a last resort we have needed to recommend rehousing one of the dogs.

It is about training all three dogs separately and gaining their 'total focus' on you before putting them together. Don't try and train/work with the dogs all together - you will come undone pretty quickly.

As you well know - these fights start very quickly and if the dogs are left alone we strongly recommend a muzzle be used. This will stop any further injuries. Do not allow the female dogs to even look at each other at this point. We often hear that these fights start when the owner is around, it is the dog fighting for attention and this is not the way it should be in a human environment. If the dogs see the humans as strong pack leaders these fights will more than likely stop. Pack Leadership means safety to all dogs, and if not provided by the humans in the home then it is the dogs survival instinct to take on that role. Not all dogs get along with each other, just like we humans.She is attacking her because she wants the male to herself and she sees the 6 year old as a little weak. By her picking on the older female dog then she gets the male, so you need to up your pack leadership with them all, so they look to you and not the young female. So make sure you go through all doors first and if one goes ahead of you, stop, use the word you use for when they are naughty and clap hands together at the same time and ask them to come back out, keep doing this till they always follow you through a door and make them all wait until you invite them in. No favouritism with any of the 3 dogs - treat them all equally. To explain it in much more detail you may need professional help with this serious behaviour issue. 

Vanessa asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

My partner moved in with her dog 8 months ago. For a month they got along perfestly fine. Then they started fighting and we've had to keep them seperate. When they get near each other the fights start again. Vet bills are a killer at the moment so i guess my question is can you help. Were do i go from here and wat can i do as im at the point that i think giving them up to another home is better for them. Thanks

Sibling Rivalry is a very difficult behaviour to address and is one where we require 100% commitment from all humans living in the household.   As I cannot see the dogs it would be unprofessional of me to address this serious issue via this site. When your partner moved in with her dog the 'pack' dynamics changed dramatically for both dogs.  You need to make sure no one is favouring one dog over the other, they have to be treated the same in every way. It cannot be your dog/her dog etc.... both dogs must see and treat the humans in the household with total respect. 

If they are two males, or two females then you may need to re-home one, if they are male and female there is hope. It is about training the dogs separately and gaining their 'total focus' on you before putting them together.   Each of you must be involved in the training of both dogs. Dogs should never proceed anywhere in front of a human so make sure you exit and enter all doors ahead of the dog.  

As you will know - these fights start very quickly and if dogs are left alone we strongly recommend a muzzle be used. This will stop further injuries.   Do not allow the dogs to even look at each other at this point.  We often hear that these fights start when one owner is around, it is the dog fighting for your attention (jealousy) and this is not the way it should be in a human environment. If the dogs see you both as strong pack leaders these fights will more than likely stop.  Pack Leadership means safety to all dogs, and if not provided by the humans in the home then it is the dogs survival instinct to take on that role.  Not all dogs get along with each other, just like we humans.  

Donna.

Serina asks...

This question is about: Other

my puppy is violently shaking after eating her meals. we haven't changed her food in the 3 days we have had her. She grunts and whines when she cant get comfortable. I wrap her up in a blanket and gently stroke her tummy until she settles but it takes a long time. She has also been seeking out the heater and lying in the sun to get warm.rnCould she have a tummy bug? I haven't taken her outside the property as she hasn't had her booster shot.

Hannah asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise

Hi there, We have a cocker spaniel pup now 15 months old. We've had him since he was a pup at 8 weeks old. He's a lovely gentle boy, fantastic with kids, but is quite nervous of unfamiliar adults. We live on a property that is impossible to fence all round, so he has access to the street for a lot of the day when we are home with the doors open. He is wonderful at staying in our garden and never runs away. But if someone is to walk past he barks at their heels and follows them a short way up the street until he feels he's seen them off I think. Every time he does this he gets shut back inside as a punishment, but this is doing nothing to kerb this behaviour. Would love some suggestions on what we can do ?Thankyou

Hello, well really you need to build him a penned area or keep him inside while you are not home, they are pack animals, so when the pack leaves for the day, he has to take over and look after everything and this is way too much for a dog like him.

If there is not a BB trainer in your region that could come and assist you one on one at your property; what you would need to do, is to catch him in the act of doing what he is doing. The only suggestion I can give is to set him up, by going out and maybe getting a friend to walk past and you walking right next to them, so he does not see you and as he comes running out, lob a snap lock sandwich bag just over half full of water down in front of him and firmly say 'bad dog', one loud clap of your hands and chase him home, but it is so hard, because this could work or it could possibly make him worse, you just don”Ēt know. That is why he should not be allowed to roam freely when you are not home.             Regards Donna

Megan asks...

I acquired my dog from the pound about 3 years ago. He is loving, friendly to people and obedient. From time to time if he encounters another dog that doesn't behave in a good doggy-like manner (eg, sniffing face first, or jumping on him) he will "Floor" them, sometimes using his mouth. He doesn't bite the other dog, but it sounds awful and aggressive. I think he's just teaching the other dog a lesson on manners, but sometimes other dog owners don't understand that their dog is being naughty. He also tries to break-up dog fights at the dog park.

Hello, Yes he is doing this because he is worried what the other dogs are going to do to him.  He may have been attacked or a dog had a go at him before you got him and when he was young.  As much as you say he is breaking up the fight, he is actually just joining in.

My suggestion would be to keep him away from the other dogs and only put him with ones you know he gets on with. When people are walking their dogs and they go to let them come up to him just say "Please don”Ēt let your dog come near mine as he does not like it", that way you are not putting him under pressure all the time.  Also, when you see the other dog coming your way, walk away, get your dog to move in a different direction.  Hope that helps.

Regards Donna.

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