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2 retrievers guarding

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by sue&harvey, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. sue&harvey

    sue&harvey PetForums VIP

    Mar 10, 2010
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    Hi all,
    Long time no post! I still have my hairy loons but this is about my best friend and her partners dogs.
    They are both intact labs who are a similar age.

    If they are on their own with her male partner in the house, or crated together away from her they are fine together. As soon as she is near they go for each other.

    I understand she is the resource but the other dog is so on edge all the time! They have a starring competition then off they go. They don't actually harm and usually her dog shakes first to call end of play. It's getting worse as time progresses
  2. Twiggy

    Twiggy PetForums VIP

    Jun 24, 2010
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    You say intact but are they both males or females? How long have they been living together and at what age did this behaviour start? Do you know if they've done any training with them because if they going into staring at each other mode a quick "lie down now" could well diffuse the situation.
    Lurcherlad likes this.
  3. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

    Jan 5, 2013
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    I’d say they must be crated separately at least - or one in, one out - before it goes horribly wrong.

    One or both must feel extremely anxious when the female owner appears :(
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