Help! our 4 yr old German wirehaired pointer has attacked our 10 yr old Westie 3 times in the past 3 months. I had to take the Westie to the Vet each time. I have talked w/ our Vet and 2 Dog trainers. The Wirehaired pointer has always been so good w/our family and with our Westie, and our other 1 yr old dog, it started for no reson. I have to keep the W.Pointer in the laundry rm and make sure no one lets her out the same time as the other dogs. I am wondering if we work with a Dog trainer if I am ever going to be able to have them back to gether in the house again or if I need to place the W.Pointer in another home w/out dogs.
my first thought is a domanince issue. One of the dogs feels it has to coninue to show her rank. I have this problem with one of my girls. It is hormonal with her, and she will attack one of the older bitches. I have to keep a close eye on them, and never allow them to be together unattened. I do not have a kennel, but an x-pen set up to seperate the dogs when I have to. All my dogs are fed in there crates in my dog room. It allows them to be in there territory and protect what is theirs (crates and such). Granted these are all intact bitches, and one intact dog. What you have to due is up to you, you can either seperate the dogs and give equal attention on an individual basis, or get rid of the one causing the problem.
I have a 2 1/2 year old female shar-pei and a 1 year old male, they do tend to be aggressive dogs and we have had a few fights. We have never had to take either to the vet or go to any real extremes but we do have to watch them. The first few fights were the worst. They would go at each other out of nowhere. They have never been feed together or give table scraps so we could not figure it out for the life of us, we still havenít. When they start to fight now all we have to do is raise our voices or get up and it stops. We are a family and I couldn't stand to lose either of them. We are still trying to figure out why but now that we can stop it when they do fight we can work on it. They must be separated when we are not in the room, and we always have to buy two of each toy. But it can be done if you have the discipline to let your dogs know that fighting. I always feel so bad when I scare them yelling but it is for their own good.