I have a 3 year old male shepard/pit mix,neutered, and a 16 month old female beagle/shepard mix, spayed. Both are rescued. I got my both around the 4 month mark. Things have been heaven with the 2 of them unitl about a month ago when my male decided to become even more alpha then usual. My female is very submisive and does nothing to warrant the aggressive attacks. Has anyone else had a similar problem?
It is wonderful that you adopted dogs! I feel if you have the heart to take in a rescue dog, than you are a truly wonderful person. You obviously haven't had your dogs too long. Males tend to try to be alpha. You need to take them both to obedience class. I have had the same problem. Obedience class and a halti head collar did the trick.
Thanks Francie.....I've had my older one for almost 4 years and my younger for 13 months. they have both been to obedience class and are very good. I know my older one is an alpha dog and my younger one knew it from the get go, but all of a sudden the attitude of the older one has changed. Could it be that my younger is no longer a puppy and he felt that he needed to re-establish his status?
It could be . It could also be the Pit part of the dog coming out and just showing dog aggression.A lot of pits and pit mixes do better as only dogs ,and some as multi dog house holds.I've been lucky with my 2 so far. Tigger can be a grumpy old lady.I would also suggest to seperate the both of them when your not home.
You could get the advise from a behaviourist on behaviour management in the home. The dogs have to fix this one more or less on their own but you could do some things to make things run a bit smoother. Give each pet their own beds, separate food dishes (a distance from the othere dishes) so when they eat they don't see eachother. Notice if toys or your presents aggravates the situation. Mabe removeing toys, possessions to reduce tension.