Question: 2 dogs 1 big fight ,melbourne (Vic)
2 dogs 1 big fight ,melbourne (Vic)
We have 2 terrior x ridgeback half sisters whom are 3 years & 2 1/2 years old.Today they had a big & nasty fight over food. We have sorted out the food issue,but are a bit worried about reuniting them.They are seperated by a chook wire fence at the moment.Any advice? Thanks.
Answer: 2 dogs 1 big fight ,melbourne (Vic)
Well, I think you need to show them who holds more rank than the other. I think in this situation it would be fair to give the older dog some authority. Obviously they aren't working well as 'equals'. In the future, feed the older dog first. Keep the younger one just a few meters behind to watch while being restrained on a lead. Then feed the younger dog second, with the same process. Do simple things as the older dog walking through the door first, being on a slightly longer lead when on a walk ect. This isn't cruel to the younger dog. This hierarchy is perfectly normal to them, and is desperately needed in all dogs lives. But always lavish love and attention to them equally. Re: keeping them separated, the terrier in them is stubborn. So if they do decide to fight, they probably wont stop. Slowly re- introduce while keeping them on a lead. For your own peace of mind, you might like to purchase some muzzles for the interim.