I have 2 male dogs. Hondo is 11 months and Lucky is 7 months. They each have thier own dog house but choose to sleep together. They stay in the same dog run and usually get along fine. They have a tiff here and there but thats normal. Its when I let them out to run and play lately that has been the problem. They fight. And two days ago it got so bad they drew blood on eachother and I had a heck of a time seperating them without getting bit myself. Hondo got the worst of it but Lucky has thick hair. I have them seperated right now and let them out one at a time. I asked the vet if nuetering would help and of course she could not really say yes or no. I got an it might. I have only had female dogs before. I am lost. I love them both but don't want them tearing eachother apart. They are both great with my kids. I would appreciate any ideas or some input on if nuetering does take agression down a notch.
Neutering may help. The sooner the better. I have two male dogs also. I had Toby(Maltese/pomeranian mix) first and he is just 1 year old. We adopted Max, a 2 year old Jack Russell Terrier just before Thanksgiving. Toby was neutered, Max was not. They have dominance issues with each other and fight over food/treats and my attention. Sometimes they get along fine. We had Max neutered and the fighting is a little better and Max stopped peeing on Toby. He was actually peeing right on Toby, marking him. Do your dogs fight when you feed them, over the food? Do they try to eat each others food and steal each others treats? My little Toby will chase Max and nip at his legs when I let them out the door to go outside. Once they get out in the yard, he stops and they run around together chasing squirrels and barking at everything together like they are the best of pals. I have been told that it is very important to keep my eye on them and I may even have to keep them separate ALWAYS if the fighting continues.
That does help. Thank you. They are both big dogs and Lucky is not even close to full hieght I am sure. They are both mixed. Hondo looks a bit like Scooby-Doo just a smaller version and Lucky is a mix of ausi shepard and Dobby. I just don't get that they are fine together locked up but not out running on over an acre. I can not feed them together. I also learned that the hard way. I brought Hondo home from a Walmart parking lot. They were giving them away at 5 weeks cause the mom had stopped feeding them. And Lucky was a stray that followed his mom in my yard and fell in a hole that was made for a pool. Thank heavens my kids are just using it for a sand box. I will let them out one at a time if that is what it takes but mean while the one locked up is going nuts.
I really do wish you lots of luck with this because we have had problems like this with our girls for over 3 years now and can't ever let them together again. They are 5 and 6 years old and spayed. Both want to be the boss.
I talked to someone about this and they told me to look for the triggers. What is it that makes them fights.
It turns out to be someone coming to the gate, another dog, mouse. What ever it is, one has to get it first. I am not talking about a little tiff. They will fight to the kill. It has cost us $400.00 each vet bill. So, now the rooms are seperated and they can only pass each other to go outside and then back in to their own area. We have to constantly row-tate them.
Neutering your dogs will make a huge difference in their attitudes. Not only will they calm down a lot but they will be much healthier. If you look around a little there are many low cost neuter clinics avaliable.
I posted this same issue a while back. I also have two dogs. When I got my dogs, I purposely got a boy and a girl because after asking several people I was told that two boys will always fight and two girls will always fight. I was told that it is rare for a boy and girl to fight with eachother. Wrong!!! My dogs did fine for their first few months of puppyhood and then started going at it. At first it was mild and eventually it got really ferocious. I started watching the dog whisperer (cesar millan) and he had great tips on how to deal with rambunctious dogs. Recently I discovered that when they started to get snippy with eachother I could shake a tin can with coins at them and they would immediately stand in line. The loud piercing noise it makes scares them and gets their attention real quick. A lot of the problems people have are because they don't have complete control of their dogs. Start doing your research and find out how to train them properly. It is working for me and it will probably work for you too. Good Luck. and don't forget to look for the dog whisperer.
neutering may help. but if both males have an alpha personality neutering will not help with that. if both dogs want to be the boss, and one of them is not willing to concede then they will never get along. neutering certainly cannot hurt and can only help.