When I first got Mollie back, she and Rocky fought aggressively a few times. About a week later it all stopped and it hasn't happened again until today.
I was feeding them breakfast, and Mollie started snarling at Rocky. He was just standing there, then she attacked. They were jumping, snarling barking, nipping and on their hind legs. I stopped them immedidately and sent them back to their bowls.
The problem is, now Rocky won't eat. Mollie scarfs down her food, and Rocky kinda picks thru his, but won't eat it. I know hes hungry because he ate the french fries I gave him this evening. lol
Then when Mollie is done eating, she walks to Rockys bowl and sniffs around. I have to move his bowl or she will eat his food.
Also (not sure if this is important), after I broke up the fight, she was following him around licking his muzzle. And they have been fighting over bones lately, usually they each take one, now Mollie WONT share at all.
I had this happen once with Nahla and Faith,Faith being the aggressor. The first thing I tried was putting two bowls down,then ended up with the problem that Faith would eat hers,then take over Nahlas since Nahla would even stand back while they had separarte bowls. Faith went after her again while eating Nahlas food! So,I tried putting one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. Didn't work,so I whipped Faith with my fly swatter. She no longer growls,but she pushes her head to the side that Nahla is on in the same bowl....Nahla just keeps eating. I tried getting on to Faith every time,but the only thing that worked was the fly swatter. Faith even accepted Red at the bowl,just with nudging his head over,as she still does with Nahla. Only problem was,Red decided he would growl at Faith over the one piece of food left in the bowl that was on Faith's side,he then went for her throat and she attacked him.....neither leaving any marks,wounds,etc. It was a dominance thing only...and Faith won out. I got my fly swatter once again,only this time Red got spanked with it and Faith was told it would be used on her if she ever did that again(she despises that little flimsy fly swatter...it hurts her feelings worse than anything and she'll stop what she's doing if you mention it to her).
So,I say grab a fly swatter and smack their behind with it(not the handle,but the flimsy part). Mine never had an aggression about food either,and things happened without injury,but I won't tolerate it.
my female is the leader of the pack(she likes to think that anyway) i have only one accident with them fighting. harley has the habit of getting a mouth ful of food and then going under the couch to eat it. harley came back to get his food and sally got him. they started fighting. sally thought since harley left his food it became hers. boy was she wrong. i didn't like the idea of them fighting but i was glad that harley stuck up for himself. we now feed harley in the bathroom and sally in the kitchen.
Bogle... you have been having dominance and possessiveness problems with Mollie, right? Isn't she the one who nipped your bro and is protective of you ????
She is also the one who had a checkered past, correct?
IMO you need to start putting a lot of attention on making sure she understands that she is NOT in control and she is NOT top dog. YOU ARE and your family is. She is headed down a dangerous road, all the signs are there.
I would start reading up on the topic, there are some great books out there, and check into the NILF stuff... I am not saying you are currently doing something wrong, just that she keeps increasing her intensity level with how she deals with these things. You know?
Mollie is tho the one who is VERY protective of me. She is also protective of Rocky when they are at the dog park. If another dog is bothering Rocky, Mollie will join the chase and start barking at the other dog. She has NEVER gotten into a dog fight at the dog park. She is usually the noisy one chasing/or being chased. She however will not let any dogs at the dogpark near her ball/stick/frisbee. Occasionally shell play tug with another dog over a stick. And shes always running around happily with the other dogs, never really a problem at the dog park.
At home the dogs play in the yard, wrestle, happy play. Just sometimes she gets aggressive with Rocky. They sleep together, chase the cats together, but fight over food and bones.
She never used to be like this. It all started when I got her back from "those people".
I'll try looking into NILF. Oh and to add, she KNOWS I am top dog. If I use a low, stern voice, she lowers her head and kinda waddles over to me (shes submitting). She has never nipped at me or my bf (hes more of top dog to her than I am). I can touch her food while shes eating, take it away, same with toys. Any human could do it and she wouldn't get mad.
It's resource guarding. How old are your dogs again? If they've had one fight, given her propensity to go to his food dish as he eats at a slower rate, there's likely to be more fights that can potentially escalate in severity, sorry.
You need to feed them in two seperate areas, either in crates or out of sight of each other. Or keep a leash on Molly so you can correct her if she starts to wander toward his dish. Same goes with giving treats. If one of my dogs has a rep for starting fights over bones, treats, food, etc, I don't provide them with opportunites to get into fights for their own safety. Not having a fight is far more important to me than slipping the dog a treat IMHO. If you give special treats like bones, again give them in seperate locations so they are not able to get to the other dog when the faster dog finishes. WHen both are sufficiiently disinterested in whatever's left of the treat, pick it up and throw it away. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, or omre importantly, a costly vet visit from a dog fight.
Never leave food down for them to eat, give Rocky 20 minutes to eat, if he hasnt' eaten in that time pick up the food and conserve it until the next feeding. In the wild animals aren't give the option to 'pick' at their food all day, if htey leave their meal scavengers consume the rest and they go without until the next meal. Even if Rocky doesn't want his food, you don't want Molly eating it unles you are interested in having a porky puppy.
If Rocky doesn't eat, I usually put his bowl on the counter and he gets it next time it feeding time. LOL, its funny that you mention, a porky puppy. This morning i brought the dogs into be weighed and Rocky is in perfect health and Mollie is about 2 to 3 lbs overweight. They actually weigh exactly the same, but yet completely different body shapes.
Oh, Mollie is two and Rocky is 1 1/2
***Edited By: bogle lover on 9/20/2006 3:11:23 PM*** Reason: add