We have a 11 year old healer and have aquired a purebred boxer. Everything was ok until the boxer went through a heat then the trouble began. When the healer is close to me (which she always is) the boxer will get near her and then all heck breaks loose. The boxer will put her leg up on the healers back and the healer goes "red". There are never any wounds just an unbelievable attack. We separate them, the boxer is so hyped up she shakes and the healer comes to me as if to say "I did good mom". They are both punished by being put outside in different yards. Can anyone give me some advice as to how to stop this behavior?
First off let me say welcome back! What is this, like the 3-4 screen name you have had?
It's normal for females to act like this during their heat cycle. Just like male deer fight for the female, female dogs dont want other dogs breaking their chances of mating. If she is not already spayed, get her spayed. This will wind down the aggression a lot. Also if your other dog isn't spayed, do her too.
I agree with Sweetie, the best way to help calm this situation is by removing the hormone factor. Get them spayed. You still might have to work on aggression issues. Sometimes once they start, the cycle it hard to break. Just let them know who is the alpha bitch(YOU).
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
First off, both Heelers and Boxers are prone to dog aggression, especially same sex aggression (male on male or female on female) I'm not sure of your dog's ages, but often times the aggression will not show until maturity... around a year of age.... in your case, they are cycling, and that only leads to aggression. Getting them spayed may indeed curb the aggression, but since they have already faught and reached that age, they may just continue to fight.... you may have to keep them separated for life.
As far as fighting dogs goes, watching for the signs of a fight are the best prevention..... rigid stiff body, the stare, etc. Also, eliminate items that may trigger a fight... toys, food, etc. Take these girls back to basics... instill heavy obedience in them. You need to be the alpha...
To break up a fight, DO NOT YELL!!! Yelling only fuels the fire and makes them fight harder..... stay silent and if you are by yourself, tie one dog to a fence or other object and break off the other dog (google break stick) if you have two people, have one person hold one dog while you break off the other... again, do this silently. Water will not work on dogs that mean business, nor do other loud sounds. Separating them is not really punishment... it only heightens the will to fight... you are not experienced enough to try and keep them together,so for now I suggest hiring a trainer or just keeping them separated at all times.