Some of you probably remember me, we rescued a stray momma with her 9 puppies. Well we have incounterd a new problem. We already owned a Pointer/Dalmation mix that we adopted before we got married. We moved into our new home and brought her with us (she had been living at my in-laws until we could buy a house, we lived in a one bedroom apartment. Well Heidi the stray was showing some aggression towards Maggie at first, but after a few weeks they seemend to be getting along better. Well Heidi has started to attack Maggie more aggresively. How do I handle this matter. We cant keep Heidi if we cant trust to keep her and Maggie in the Backyard together with out being scared that she will severly injure Maggie. Please help
1. Consult your vet to see if there is a medical problem causing the aggression.
2. Otherwise, get behavioral help. Call a local trainer your vet trusts to work with aggression. Anything we can say on this forum wouldn't suffice b/c we can't come to your house and observe what is actually going on. Best to consult someone who can come into your home and work with you more intensively.
AGAIN, any advice we may give you could be wrong since we cannot observe the dog in action. Please keep this in mind when you read responses.
the person that trains my dog is also helping out another couple and there two dogs get along.. maybe hyou could try somthing like that. and u probly already no this but dont feed them together if they dont get along..
I'm with husky on this, But some guidelines in training aggression is: No dog should attack another unless you choose it.. Not that you should choose that your dog attack another- what I mean is that if you are alfa in the flock they shoould get along, you decide when fights begin and fights end.
Here's a couple links you can read on how to become the pack leader in your home.
""Issues – If a dog doesn’t trust its owner to be a strong, stable pack leader, it becomes unclear about its correct role within the pack. A dog that is confused about who is in charge is actually concerned abut the ability of the pack to survive, so it attempts to fill in the missing leadership elements, often erratically. This can cause aggression, anxiety, fear, obsessions, or phobias – what I call “issues”.""
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.
For the moment the only dog aloud in the house is Maggie. The reason why is that Heidi still has puppies with her and my husband doesn't want all 6 dogs in the house. We just moved and still in the process of unpacking so the house is complete caos. Since we only have 1 dog house Maggie always comes in at night. And Heidi and her pups stay outside in the dog house. I keep noticing Heidi kind of trying to stare Maggie down, Maggie will just be standing there or sitting there and Heidi will come up ears alert and just stand over her. But just recently she actually attacked Maggie to where she was injured. My husband and his father both are telling me we will probably have to get rid of Heidi, but I am not willing to do this just yet I want to do everything I can to make sure this behavior can't be changed. Thanks for all the advise.