angela

by Angela
(West Sussex UK)

6 weeks ago we rescued a 3 year old bitch jack russell.

Then 2 weeks ago we rescued a 1 year old boy jack russell. We were amazed at how well they got along. They played together, slept together, and followed each other around all day. They would sometimes get a little jealous of each other, but we thought that was natural and to be expected, as both are very loyal and affectionate dogs. Then today they had a fight in the garden, it was particularly nasty and the little boy came off worse and limped away. The bitch 'Poppy' is twice his size about 6 kilos, while Bertie is about 3 kilos. Unfortunately, we didn't see what caused the fight but we think they could have been squabbling over a dog toy (there was one close by and they both love toys). What can we do to prevent the dogs from fighting as we are now worried it might happen again? Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks
angela

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May 28, 2012
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preventing aggressive behavior
by: Angela

Thank-you for your advice and sorry to hear you have experienced your own dogs fighting. To give you an update, my 2 terriers are getting along fine at the moment. However, they do play a lot of the time and this play fighting can suddenly turn more aggressive, when we have to tell them to ' stop it' which until now they do immediately. However, if we were not at home at the time I do worry it could turn nasty and we wouldn't be here to intervene. I met a lady who is very knowledgeable and she told me my 3 yr old bitch could be simply correcting the ! year old dogs bad behaviour ie. trainin him the way she might a pup (she's had lots of litters before we rescued her 6 weeks ago). So it might sound aggressive to us but normal for dogs. Also most people who have more than one dog do experience this kind of thing occationally. She went on to say, there are things you can do to avoid encouraging fighting ie. don't give the dogs bones, don't give them toys, give the more aggressive dog lots of attention to prevent jealously and also if they are inclined to bite your hand/nipping, don't touch the dogs head to avoid them 'mouthing /biting you. We like giving our dogs toys so only let them have them when we are around, and only raw chicken wings/thighs as bones once a week when we are with them. We will definitely keep them apart when we have to leave them on their own by using a dividing gate. In addition, we do give our terriers 2 long walks a day (! hr each time), as aggression appears to build natualy in dogs and exercise is a great way of working of this off, a bit like humans when we are stressed. I'm sure our dogs get stressed living indoors as they are better designed for an out door life. Thanks again for the tips, I really hope you find some good homes for your dogs or can resolve the problem of them fighting. If we continue to have problems with ours I would consider getting a 'dog whisperer / behaviourist in). Thanks for your message and good luck.

May 27, 2012
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similar problem
by: Debbie

I dont know the answer for this but I have 5 litter mates and a week ago there was a major attack on the one male that has been attacked 2 times before plus almost a year ago one of the other males was attacked each time were major trips to the vet and hundreds of dollars later we are now being forced to find homes for most of them with little luck. Each attack has gotten worse this last one caused stitches for him and numerous dog bites to myself trying to protect him. The vet said we must keep the one always away from his brothers and sister in fear of another attack. Watch them carefully for any signs of aggression and keep them apart when you are not there to watch over them.

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