Can anyone give me some advice on how to prevent dog-dog aggression between my two dogs? I have one 5 year old Lab/Pit Mix (dominant) and one 2 year old Retriever Mix (submissive). They are both wonderful dogs, spoiled rotten, and are usually the best of friends and play very well together. Sometimes the play becomes too rough, though, and food and treats can not be involved at all. The older dominant dog has attacked the younger submissive one a couple of times; the worst times were once over food and once when playtime suddenly got aggressive. Both of those times resulted in vet visits, the latter incident was very close to the eye. I no longer let them play in the house, and they certainly eat in seperate corners under supervision. Can anyone suggest any methods to eliminate aggression between the two? Any training techniques or anything that could help? Maybe my older one is still jealous of the new addition after being an only dog for three years.
They are both spayed, have been for a long time. The older one, Cinnamon (who is the one who attacked the younger one, Eve) has actually had obedience training at PetSmart. Eve has not had any formal training. Cinnamon had the training before I rescued Eve. It's the weirdest thing...they are best friends and playing well one minute, but it just takes a second for Cinnamon to get mad and attack. Of course I jump in and seperate them (resulting in myself getting bitten once) but Cinnamon just seems like she's trying to really hurt Eve. Cinnamon is a very sweet dog (with humans - except kids, more so than other dogs, and surprisingly she is great with cats!). Eve is very submissive and doesn't even defend herself. I just don't know why she occasionally acts like this.
Pits in general are known for their dog on dog aggression. I have 2 female Pits ,one who's 9 and the other who's 2 .They do eat together and play well together ,but I have seen times where out of the blue Tigger will our right attack Piper for no apparent reason.I don't let them chew raw hides together any more. Tigger attacked Piper about 3 months ago , first time , and will be the last.Never trust a Pit Bull not to fight. It seems like your Lab x Pit acts more like a Pit.Watch the body language of the dog and then eliminate the triggers .Eventually your dog may not be able to be around the other dog at all.
try the spray bottle with water inside .when you see them fighting spray both of them and say in a harsh voice STOP IT YOU TWO!!!!!!!!!! might work i know my dog hates it it the only way to control him now when he does something bad all i have to say is i'm getting your bottle he runs and hide then wait for a second peeks out to see if i got it or not. my dog have me dying laughing .
Your speaking about Sibling Rivilry, not an easy situation. I do have these issues at home and do have a good hold on the situation. I have two dogs, a male that is 25 lbs, pushy, outgoing and bigger then my female. My female, acts like she is the boss, we get fights over food and treats or toys, or even strangers attention. The mistake I made was that Leeza, although she usually starts the fights over things, is actually not the top animal. Its my male, hes bigger and displays behaviour like, cutting her off when out for a walk, bumping into her and bumping her out of the way. I favour Leeza because shes my first, and well just my favourite. And this is what causes the problems, see I give her treats, attention and toys before Ozzy. This is confuseing for her cause now she feels she has to protect her position that I'VE given her. Ozzy is secure in his position and doesn't feel the need to guard from her.(Just the cats)Mostly anyways/ Anyway, now I give him everything first, If I screw up, There will be a scrap, like the other day I threw a bone into a crate for them, well Leeza got there first, and Ozzy came behind her, and she attacked him. They fought, and I let it happen, interfering does not help.
Some females are just like that. My corgi and husky can never be in the same room. Some pits are other animal aggressive anyway. I'd just try to work out a way to keep them seperated to prevent any accidents.