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dominance and aggression in female Springer

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by c9mell, Jul 21, 2017.


  1. c9mell

    c9mell PetForums Newbie

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    we have a 2 1/2 year old female springer who is displaying dominance and aggression towards our other 2 female dogs one a 9 yr old jack Russell and a 10 month female lab. we have had to rehomr the jack Russell because the agression ended in fights but the Springer is now displaying dominance over the lab. at the moment it is just growling at food times and the lab capitulates however I would like to defuse this behaviour before it gets any worse. any ideas or suggestions are welcome
     
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    labradrk PetForums VIP

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    How or why do you think she is being "dominant"?

    Most food related aggression between dogs can easily be managed by being careful; eg feeding them all separately, all of the time.
     
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    You havent given a lot of details but from what you have said It could be resource guarding .
     
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  4. c9mell

    c9mell PetForums Newbie

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    the Springer postures by staring at the other dog, tail up and growls usually happens at feeding time but also around the bed area. when we had the jack Russell she would also stand her ground and unfortunately this ended in a full blown fight hence the need to move her out of the situation altogether. what I really want is some advice on how to stop it before it starts
     
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    It definitely sounds like resource guarding. Have a look on YouTube for Kikopup and Victoria Stilwell videos and articles. They will give you the tools to stop the guarding.
     
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    Twiggy PetForums VIP

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    Do you train your dogs?

    I took on my late sister's 6 yr old collie 4 years ago now knowing she had a lot of issues including bullying her other dogs. I had 3 collies of my own including one of around the same age. They are both strong characters and don't like each other but I simply won't allow toy snatching, growling around food bowls etc here. Any staring or posturing is quickly defused by me and they are told to lie down. All my dogs sleep in the kitchen and are walked and fed together and there isn't a problem but they are trained dogs. One word from me and they do as they are told. Training makes a huge difference.
     
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    Remove the triggers.

    Feed in separate rooms. Don't leave food, treats or toys lying around.

    Separate their beds.

    Use baby gates for management.

    Don't leave them alone together.

    Look at Kikopup and positively.com for some training tips.
     
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