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My two dogs are fighting

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by nicolemck, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. nicolemck

    nicolemck PetForums Newbie

    Jan 13, 2019
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    Hi everyone,
    My two male dogs have been fighting a lot recently.

    My first dog (G) is a 7 year old Chihuahua x Poodle. He was neutered at the age of 5 (before we got our second dog)

    We got our second dog (N) just over a year ago, he is 1 year 6 months terrier mix. He was neutered at 7 months old.

    We have had both from pups.

    G has never 100% liked N, but used to tolerate him and both enjoy going for walks together etc.

    G started attacking N around 6 months ago, this would occur maybe once a week and would typically be over resources e.g food, toys... and they would have full blown fights. We controlled the resources so that they couldn’t fight over them e.g supervising all situations involving food, taking bowls away, making sure they each have their own toys and the other dog didn’t try to steal the others toy, that kind of thing.

    However, G then started attacking N over what seemed to be people. He only tends to do it when all of the family are together in the room, stroking them and playing with them and giving them attention (I was wondering if it could be due to the overexcitement, as it seems to be when we are playing with them and doing silly dog voices for them as strange as that sounds)

    After every fight, N (the younger dog) licks G’s face and seems very sorry. N always seemed to love his brother until lately. N has attacked G twice in the last couple of weeks in the same ‘family overexcitement’ kind of situations.

    What should I do?
    (Thank you for reading this long essay!!)
  2. Boxer123

    Boxer123 PetForums VIP

    Jul 29, 2017
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    I'm no expert maybe call in a behaviourist. I would aim to keep them calm in the evening maybe separate with a kong. By playing in a small area your older boy may be resource guarding his humans or getting over excited. We can really do sillyness with my male boxer he gets over the top.
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