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Inter-Female Aggression Q&A
Inter-Female Aggression Q&A
A dominant female that's prepared to protect her property
If you have come to this page more than likely you have issues with aggressive dogs. A number of pages on my web site (including this one) contain emails about dog fights. I have places my personal comments under many of these emails.
In addition we offer training resources. I have produced DVD titled:
DEALING WITH DOMINAT AND AGGRESSIVE DOGS
This DVD demonstrates how to break up a dog fight if you are alone.
Dog fights are violent, loud and dangerous events. I get emails every day on dog fights. As I wrote this description I got 2 emails. In email the family had two dogs . Their female GSD had just killed their dachshund. In the second email this family's dog had just been in a fight with a neighbors dog and done $1,400 damage.
In the mid 1990's I wrote an article on How to Break Up A Dog Fight
- that article is still on my web site. This 52 Minute CD is an update of that article. The information in the podcast and on the CD has more details on making the decision of even trying to step in to break up a fight, it discusses many methods used to break up fights and it tells how to break up a fight when you are alone. There is an also extensive section on preventing dogs fights.
The CD will play in any CD player.
I am an avid lover of German Shepherds and
am currently working my up to a breeder of this wonderful dog. I have
two German dogs right now and a female American line dog that is not
spayed (but will be soon) that I am not breeding.
My problem stems from this American-lines female. Let me give you the history.
I had a 7-year-old Bull mastiff rescue named Roxie when
I purchased Rajea, the American-lines female, as a 4-month-old pup. Growing
kept the two separated because Roxie was very intolerant of puppy behavior.
Not to say that she was aggressive, she would only take so much and then
make the point that she wanted to be left alone.
Rajea grew up with Roxie. They interacted in the home with us on a
daily basis and were only separated when put out in the yard
unsupervised. There were no problems until Rajea hit about 18 months
At that point, I let the two girls out together, thinking that since
Rajea had outgrown her puppy stupidity, things would be fine. I
quickly found out I was wrong. Rajea immediately went to Roxie and " puffed up" in Roxie's face. A short fight ensued before I could
break them up, but both only received minor cuts and scrapes.
I then made a rule that the two were never to cross
paths unsupervised, because the only time Rajea would pull the "puff
was if both girls were outside together without me or my husband being in the
yard. Roxie was also the only dog that Rajea
pulled this with, she was fine with all the other shepherds, both male and
female at that point.
Then came the fateful day that would change everything.
Despite my edict not to leave the two girls out together, my mother let both
at the same time one day when I was not home and left before brining one or
both of them in. I came home to a blood-bath. Roxie sustained injuries that
ended her life while Rajea came away without a scratch.
Now, Rajea has become VERY aggressive with all other FEMALE
dogs in our household. She does not bother the male dogs at all and where
once she did not attack the other shepherd females, she now does. No female
dog in our home is safe with her.
If my husband or myself are around, she will not try to
attack. It is only when we are not present that she will pull this. She has
obedience trained since puppyhood and is very submissive to both my husband
and I. She also takes orders from our 7-year-old daughter without a fight.
It seems that she knows her place when we are
around, but then turns into a terror the minute we have our backs turned.
I have kept her separated from the other dogs and tried denying her
attention. That made no difference, other than when I did give her
attention, she soaked it up. I have tried Alpha-rolling her, but as I
said, she does not have a dominance (or aggression) issue with me and
submits easily. I do not want to have to find her another home or put
her to sleep without first exhausting every avenue, because I love
this dog and made a commitment when I brought her home.
I know that I must have done something wrong somewhere, but as I
don't have this problem with any of my other shepherds who have been
raised the same exact way, I'm not sure what it is I did. Anything
you could do to help me would be so greatly appreciated.
I know that you must be busy, but wanted an expert's opinion on what
can be done to solve this dilemma. Thank you so much for any help you
can give me.
Ed's Comment on the death of a dog in a dog fight:
This death was 100% preventable. I don’t know where
to draw a line in the sand and flat out blame an owner. I guess it should
be with the death of
a dog. In reality where would a better place be?
YOU ARE A COMPLETLY IRRESPONSIBLE pet owner!!!! Thanks
god it was not a person that died.
If you have read any portion of my web site you will
see that I don’t
mince words on certain subjects that I feel strongly about. I feel pretty
strongly about dogs that die in a preventable dog fight.
The reason your fight happened was because you and your husband did not
understand pack drive, rank drive and dominance in dogs. Rank drive becomes
a serious issue with many same-sex dogs when they begin to mature. This happens
between 18 months and 30 months - but them you already found this out. This
is the reason the fights began.
I can't buy into the mother excuse either. Had you done your homework your
mother would not have made this mistake. It was your responsibility as a
pet owner to educate yourself and the people you designate as caregivers
for your dogs. You did neither.
I will use this email to help educate others. Maybe others can learn from
the death of your pet.
With this said I will say that ALPHA ROLLS are very dangerous. I explain
this in my web site and in my training DVD DEALING WITH DOMINAT AND AGGRESSIVE
The fact that you continue to allow other dogs near this female is a HUGE
MISTAKE. It is irresponsible and dangerous. I strongly suggest that you read
the article I wrote on how to break up a dog fight without getting bit.
You can find these if you go to the list of training articles and scroll
I am sure there are those that say I am too hard on you. To those people
I ask that they put themselves in the mind of the older dog in it's last
minutes of life. As yourself if this is how you would like to close out your
Can we allow our dog to continue sleeping on the bed with
us if we do EVERYTHING else you say? Is it ever okay for a dog to sleep on
the bed? Perhaps if there are no behavioral problems to begin with, or if
they have been corrected and established for some length of time? Please,
there HAS to be a way! We are very attached to sleeping with our dog as he
has never not slept with us except if our daughter wants him, or when he
gets too hot under the covers or needs more room, then he chooses to go to
the couch in the front room (maybe we're more attached to the set up than
he is). I'm sure that last sentence will land this in the "Dumb and
Dumber" category, but I have to be honest.
Thanks for all your hard work in this field that has allowed you to provide
us with all the information, experience, products, and resources that you
offer thru this website! I really do respect and trust your guidance.
PS: Also, I very recently sustained a dog
bite thru the calf of my leg when I felt obligated to stop a fight between
my mothers two Great Danes as I
was house sitting by myself for her. It was between a mother (5yrs) and daughter
(2 yrs). As awful and unfortunate as it was that the mother did not survive,
I on the other hand was very lucky and fortunate that I did. It was a nightmare
that I am still dealing with today and probably always will. My need for
information and support are what led me to your site. I wish I had this information
beforehand! As for my mother, I haven't heard from her since the day I left
her house even though I have attempted to contact her in more ways than one.
Go figure that one! I think the answer to that is on the narcissist’s
Hello, I'm writing you today because I have
been reading almost every page of your website and have learned a lot from
it. My situation is
that I have a 5yr old female mutt, 3 yr old female pit-bull mix, and 1 1/2
yr old male boxer. My dogs are great. I have one problem with the two females,
they fight. It all started about 2 yrs ago. They will be fine for several
months and then out of the blue they will start fighting. After we break
them up we keep them separated for a couple of days and then they will lick
each others wounds and then they a perfectly happy for several months. The
good thing is that the boxer stays far away when they do start fighting.
We got the oldest dog from the pound and she was full grown and we had her
about a yr and then we got the female pit-bull mix and she was only 6wks
old and they were great together. My question is that the oldest one has
a real close bond with the male boxer. Every were the oldest one is the boxer
is right there with her. The pit-bull mix is always out in the yard just
being distant but they have there moments were they all play together and
they seem like a good group of dogs. It seems like the only time they fight
is when there is an environmental change as moving houses are family temporally
living with us. What do you suggest? Like I said they do not fight daily
they fight occasionally. They went all of last yr without fighting and then
the just fought the other day for the first time in a while. Thank you.
I currently have three dogs, two of which
are about 5 years old the third which is between 3-5. The first two I have
owned since they were puppies. One is a mutt which I have been told is part
lab, chow, pit greyhound. No one can say for sure, the other is a black lab.
When they were younger they got into a couple of fights, I would say maybe
once a year or so. Once I got the third dog, a pit mix, there have been a
few more fights. I know there were a couple of times they fought while I
was not at home, I know this cause one would have a minor wound. There was
one fight that the mutt did not want to share a toy, I was not present, I
was out of town and the people who were watching my house informed me. Another
time I was playing with the pit and had her trapped between my legs, big
mistake as I have now learned, and the mutt found it a perfect opportunity
to mount the pit, a fight ensued. After that they have only been in two other
fights and both originated once the mutt tried to mount my lab. The pit does
not like that and would go defend the lab. My lab and pit have never fought.
Now in the past few weeks, (month or so) my
mutt attacked my lab fortunately my pit was in another room the first time
and the second and third time I
to grab her, the pit, to prevent her involvement. I have done a lot of
what you have said to show dominance, up until 4-5 months ago they would
in the living room. Recently I have allowed them to stay in my room, but
never on my bed, once in a while they try to jump on and I firmly tell
them get down which they do. I have given them a little more access to the
could this be part of the reason for the sudden aggression?
For the most
part they all get along, on a majority of the days they will all play
chase each other, in a playful manner, etc. Even a couple of times after
they will be playing again in a couple of hours or less. In the last
two fights between my lab and mutt, it was basically the mutt taking control
she would grab her by the neck and shake her, but she started both by
her head on her shoulders then biting down. Even after these two horrible
fights there were no wounds on either dog, fortunately. I obviously care
tremendously for all three, and have inquired to see if anyone would
be interested in one of them, but to no avail. In the last day or so their
a day ago my lab is acting scared. They are never aggressive towards
humans, would me taking away some of their space and making them sleep in
room again help? Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give.
Hi Ed, I really enjoyed reading your Q&A’s
and Testimonials about dog fights. I wish I wasn't interested in such a thing
but as many of your messages, we never expect fights from our loving pets.
We have an 8 year old Wire Haired Fox Terrier (Muffy) and a 1 year old little
cock-a-poo Roxie). They've always gotten along well but ever so often lately,
Muffy will attach Roxie, usually regarding food or attention from me (for
ex: I'll be sitting holding Roxie and Muffy will come over, I was petting
her and my littlest daughter came to take Muffy and hold her, well Muffy
just jumped at Roxie and they started fighting. Typically, they do not fight
to kill and we can scoop one up before anything happens, we crate them and
they're friends again. The problem really comes now that we have a 65 lb
9 month old Bouvier (Darcy). Darcy is so passive and mellow and idolizes
little 11 Ib Roxie. They play non-stop. Muffy is not as interested in playing
they're outside and they run around like maniacs. The problem now is when
Muffy attacks Roxie, Darcie will come from wherever she is and grab Muffy
of course the first time I got bit twice and the second time my husband and
I worked together to separate them. It appears, Darcie is totally protecting
Roxie (and me, as we are part of her "herd"). We love all our dogs
and don't want to give any away but also don't want Muffy dead as the size
difference is no competition. As this is so obviously "incident driven,"
do you have any suggestions reo shock collars, pepper spray, etc. Once we
separate them they do not go back at each other, just lick each other in
the faces. Our vet recommends a pet behaviorist, but she's booked up for
a least a month.
I have been visiting your site after an incident
between 2 boxer females that has me concerned. One is an old lady and a 16
month year old. Who we've had 2 months. The older female (and a male as well)
are my husband's "kids from a previous marriage" I'm thinking this
will be their last visit for a while until I get a better handle on dealing
with Gracie. Your site was very informative as to some of the subtle mistakes
we were making. It was clearly a dominance fight with the young one the only
one really fighting. The older girl just waited for us to make Gracie let
go of her ear. Gracie wasn't giving ground and I found a splash of vinegar
in her direction made her unable to let go fast enough. It had to have stung
Gunny's cut on her ear but we are damn lucky there wasn't any real damage.
Gracie had her and once she had her in the headlock and a mouth full of ear
she just went still and hung on. She wasn't trying to kill her but she was
definitely letting her opinion on who the boss was be known. Either way its
I have already called my husband, the softy in the family, and went over
some of the mistakes that have been occurring and why he/we HAVE to make
her toe the line with our commands so that she knows they aren't negotiable
or applicable only when she feels like it. It kind of struck me as those
parents that just want to be their kids pal and not do the tougher parts
of parenting like making them eat something other than French fries and make
them go to bed no matter how much wailing happens.
I think we handled the introduction of the
other 2 poorly as well. We did it slowly but he really wanted them to be "friends".
After reading your articles I'm thinking that Gracie may have felt her place
in our pack
in jeopardy. He was glad to see his older children and while I still lavished
attention on Gracie while he was petting Gunny, Barry is definitely the preferred
human. The females weren't initially fighting but there was some jockeying
for position and we tried to each take one and love on her but now I'm thinking
that Gracie may have felt we weren't protecting her and her position in our
pack from this strange dog. The were fine for hours in the yard alone where
we could spy on them. Its only around us in the evening that the dominance
issues came up. We were worried about them so we tried to keep them separated
if we were around. During a rotation of indoor/outdoor time between the girls
Gracie decided to make her move and slipped free and grabbed Gunny.
Maybe I'm misreading the psychological aspect
to this but either way I am researching a trainer to assist us but just wanted
to drop you a quick line
of thanks and to mention Vinegar as something around the house that proved
useful. Your site was reassuring that all hope was not lost for Gracie. I
was afraid the only option was going to be to put her down as "aggression
is incurable." Many thanks.
I am writing to request your help/advise.
I have a serious dog fight situation recurrence that I am doing my best to
try to correct. I apologize for this letter being so long, but want to make
sure you have a history overview to help you analyze my situation. I have
read several of the articles on your website and feel I now have a slightly
better understanding of dealing with the dominant and dog-aggressive dog,
but feel compelled to write in case there is anything further you can suggest.
I guess the best thing is to start with a brief history of myself, and my
I have two Australian Cattle Dogs that are
inside and outside dogs. They are in the home with me when I am home in the
evenings, and sleep in at night.
They stay outside during the day when I am at work, in a large kennel run,
which I have recently separated into two runs so they have some space apart.
My blue bitch, Bailey is 6years old, and my red bitch Ty is probably near
the same age, possibly a little older. Both are very high-energy dogs, Bailey
more so than Ty. Both are spayed.
I have been around dogs my entire life. My mom bred and showed Collies and
Corgis and I pretty much learned to walk holding on to one of her old bitches.
I showed as well, and worked for an all-breed handler for a time, so am familiar
with lots of breeds, temperaments, etc. I also worked many years for a vet's
office and got used to seeing a lot of breeds and a lot of dog fight injuries.
I never dreamed that I would have to deal with them personally at home. I
have never had so much frustration or worry however, about dogs as I now
have with my own two.
I will start with history of my blue bitch
Bailey. I have had her since she was about 3 weeks old. She is out of a litter
that a friend of mine had,
and her dam got a bad pyo infection and had to have emergency spay. I helped
my friend bottle feed the entire litter, for several weeks at my home and
when the litter went back to her house at 5-6 weeks of age, I kept Bailey
with me, and did not send her with her littermates. A lot of her behavior
issues, I am certain may stem from her not being socialized enough with other
dogs or littermates as a young puppy and then was amplified by the fact that
she did not get socialized enough with people either. I have worked for a
vet’s office for several years and during her time as a puppy parvovirus
was running rampant in our town, killing off hundreds of dogs in the county.
So instead of taking her with me everywhere like I had planned one and exposing
her to strangers everywhere, she was tucked away at home safe in her kennel,
while I bleached clothes and shoes everyday after work. I blame myself for
these early mistakes, as I firmly believe she is a dog that needed heavy
socialization and parental discipline, and I just did not realize it at the
Basically, she tends to be fear aggressive
towards strangers, and is also dominant aggressive at times with me. She
has never bitten me or shown
that she wants to harm me, but she "talks back" when getting corrected,
or when she is resisting obedience practice, etc. She does the classic things
you say on your site, like pushing into me to pet her, tries to jump on the
bed to sleep with me, even though she has her own bed on the floor, barks
at me if I'm not paying attention to her, etc. I don't have any children
and I have spoiled her in many ways much to my now disappointment. Bailey
is also super protective and possessive of me, and her home, toys, etc.,
as many Cattle Dogs can be. She is also' the smartest dog I have ever know
in my entire life, and I always have to be two steps ahead of her to keep
her out of trouble. I took her through obedience class series twice, at about
6 and then 8 mos. old. She got dismissed the first time by the instructor
who very blatantly told me he did not like ACD's. She disrupted his class
with excitement and barking too much and he dismissed her. She loves to work,
loves a job, loves obedience, etc. She really wants to please, but I am at
my wits end with her sometimes.
She has been my only dog until approx. 2
years ago, in into the picture comes Ty. Approx
two and a half tears ago, my aunt passed away. Ty was her dog, and was
about 4 dogs at that household. My aunt had a very aggressive
dog in the mix that picked dog fights constantly and Ty usually ended up
in the fight as well. My uncle was concerned that she would get badly hurt
with him gone so much, if a fight erupted while away, so after the funeral,
I took Ty home with
me. Ty, from what I knew of her was usually very submissive with people,
and even with other dogs. She's the soft type that flips over and pees
if you raise your voice to her, and walks around with ears down tail down,
licks the dominant dog. Because of this, I thought she would get along
with Bailey fine, but I underestimated the situation. Ty is a super sweet
dog too, never does any wrong, always
wants to please, etc.
During this time I
lived in California, I had a medium sized yard, and small house. I introduced
her into the living quarters
slowly and tried to make sure I gave Bailey enough attention so she would
not be jealous. During the first year or so I had two small I dogfights
between the two, both times over a toy issue or a correction order I gave
Ty. I forgot to mention, If I have to use even a slightly
to correct Ty, Bailey runs to her to act as my administrator and correct
her as well. For this reason, I have to be very careful not to yell
at the dogs, or Ty thinks she's in trouble and Bailey thinks she's gonna
beat the crap out of her for it. I thought that Ty was just a victim but
it appears, that when a dominant dogs pushes her buttons too many times,
she decides every once in awhile she's gonna fight back, and fight hard.
I then moved to a new
state, into a rental house, with a very small yard. Tension was high in
the household, due to the new location for me as well as for the dogs,
and not enough exercise room for the dogs either. During the year and a
half that I have lived here I now have a dog fight every 2-3 months.
So far, non-serious, no severe injuries, etc. A few small skin tears,
small bandaging jobs, and that's usually from me trying to pull the dogs
I have been lucky in that they have never fought when I am away that
I am aware
of, they seem to fight only near me. I think it's a combination of jealousy,
Ty has now bonded to
me, but knows to keep at a distance at times if Bailey seems grumpy or
irritated. Ty, for the most part stays submissive,
Bailey follows her around the house, nose in her butt, telling her
what to do, what
not to do, where to go, often with a tiny growl in her throat. When
I am at home, I am correcting Bailey all the time, with a really harsh "no" a
tug on her nylon choke collar, etc. She watches me and knows her behavior
is not acceptable, but still day after day tries to get away with it
jealous too, jumps in between my body and Ty, steals toys out of Ty's
mouth, etc. Bailey is mainly the instigator, but on rare occasion I
have seen Ty jump
her and start the fight.
I have now moved again, this time for the last time. I bought 10 acres
and a new house. Have setup separate kennel areas, and now separate inside
areas attached to the kennels so they can get in out of the weather. The
stress of the move has been hard on us all, but I am hoping that the new
the big yard will really help. They seem like they are much more aggravated
when they cannot exercise and play enough, so I am doing all that I can
think of to make their environment a better place. Knowing full well it's
to keep them separated and give them time apart, I have spent quite a lot
of money trying to better their environment and I'm just not seeing results.
am a firm believer in discipline, but don't know what direction to move
in now, or what further methods of correction I should try. Bailey is really
when she is not distracted.
She learns very quickly, works for praise, playtime, or food, and
gets her feelings hurt when she is in trouble. I'm hoping those characteristics
help in her training. After a fight that she starts I have smacked
her, tightened up on her collar and pushed her down to the ground
her there telling
her "no" loudly. She responds aggressively back towards
me, hackles up with growls at first and then changes to submission
She then sulks for
hours, thinking about and I think she finally "got
it" but the next day, it's back to the same stuff. I'm worried
my responding to her aggression with dominant aggression is aggravating
the situation. I
ask myself what if I'm actually making it worse? The tension seems
to be better, seems to be lessened, but since the new move over
the past 2 months, I have had 2 near-fights, one small fight
and one very
large one that I ended up finally getting hurt badly with stitches
in my face. I am exhausted with worry that this will continue and
dogs down or placing them in a different home is NOT an option
to me at this time. I am attached to both of them, and enjoy spending
them. I just
have to do something to try to prevent the continued fighting.
I have to do play time separate right now, worry about just taking
them out in the
to the kennels, and having a fight, etc. It's heart wrenching for
me, and it kills me to see two dogs that I love more than anything
try to hurt or possibly kill each other. I have gone from panic
and terror yelling type reactions to more
calm, controlled movements to stop the fights, and usually only luck helps
If I can't get
it stopped at the beginning, it's almost impossible to get them
to let go. These dogs also, as I'm sure you are aware of have super strong
like some of the larger breeds and it's a battle I can't win.
I am alone most of
the time. I do not usually have a 2nd person around to help me break up
a fight, so it is amazing I have been able to break
them up at
all. I have been lucky enough to usually have a door or kennel
nearby, but fear the day I cannot break them up one of them is going to
Now that I have been hurt because as usual, I was more concerned
for their safety than my own, I am even more fearful of what will happen
if I cannot
get them apart. I have only used choke chain and nylon choke
collars on them, which I like. I do have a pinch collar for Bailey but
used it because
I am afraid of damaging her neck. I am willing to try anything
that will ease this situation at this point, and am asking for your help.
do not have
human children, my pets are my children so-to-speak. I have shed
tears and blood over this and need your help. If there is anything you
me, I will try it. My dogs are my family, and I want more than
anything to be able for us to live indoors and out harmoniously, without
in their kennel runs forever. Thank you,
Hello, I was looking for a website that would
help when I happened upon yours, which is great! I would like to know which
of your videos (DVD) would be best for training a dominant dog? We have 3
females and have had
a problem with fights for about a year. I went to the hospital today because
of it and have had enough!! The aggressive dog of the bunch has ALL of the
classic signs you talk about it your article "Dealing with a Dominant
Dog". She sleeps in the bed, growls
at the food bowl, fights over toys, etc. She listens most of the time but
needs some real training. Any advice on which video is best would help. Thanks.
I have read your website and found many helpful
things. I just wish I could get you to address my situation personally and
I would feel much better. You seem very knowledgeable and I like it that
you get straight to the point, no extra stuff.
I have a dog that is a pretty much rot.
The dad was full the mom rot and chocolate lab she (sage) is almost 2
and fixed. We have had no problems
with her, other than she is big, 110? Maybe? And she is hyper from time to
time. She has never been mean to my children, 12 and 15 months, although
she likes to lick them in the face from time to time. We do have some
issues with her when you go up to her, she is not one to sit down and
let you pet her she wants your attention
and tries to lean on you a lot, but not in a mean way, just rubbing on you.
Anyway, we love her and
I am sure a dog of that size tends to be hyper from time to time. Here is
the problem our neighbor
has 3 dogs a small dog, a lab, and a pincher, he lets them all run,
our other neighbor has a Jack Rus.Ter. and our 3rd neighbor behind us
have a boxer. Our dog stays
tied up, we are putting up a fence for our dog at this time but the other
dogs are always in our yard she had ran with these dogs several times in
our yard when we allowed her to be free in the yard while we were outside with
her (previously) once she got off the leash and went up to the house
with the boxer and we found out she attacked the boxer (female), because the
boxer was after the small jack rus. That was with her. (her and the Jack rus.
(male) have always been close as puppies and stay close together in the same
yard area, owned by me, but the owner of the Jack rents a small apartment we
have. She attacked this boxer to the point where it had to go the vet (its leg
was cut) we paid for this and vowed not to let her off the leash ever again,
until the fence was done the lab (female) dog is always in heat and the
owners do not fix her (they have 3 dogs) lab, small dog, pincher. This
brings many other male dogs to our yard and the neighborhood on a regular basis.
They will not tie her up, my dog stays tied up but she watches these
dogs in the yard all day, in her yard, at least 4-5 of them a day.
Well the other day when my husband was at
home he let her loose (cause he is an idiot.) he said he felt bad for her
because all the other dogs were in the yard, all but the boxer, dogs she
always gets along with she was fine he said, played with them as normal,
he watched her with her leash in hand but then she smelled the lab,
who was in heat, who normally she doesn't mind. I mean sometimes I find
the lab sleeping in the dog house with my dog, she has a large dog house,
so I know they are okay with each other, but this time she attacked the
lab, and my husband said it was really bad, he had to jerk her and pull on
her, and she was really letting this lab have it. She normally listens
well to us, to sit and come to us and
stuff. I'm at a loss, what do you think is going on with her? Is this something
that has to do with her breed? I know rots can be aggressive?? My biggest concern,
is this behavior a warning sign that she may bite my kids? Like I said she
has never showed aggress ion towards them, once when my daughter 12 was
on the trampoline. Sage was loose in the yard (before we kept her tied up
all the time. Cause we use to let her off in the yard of an evening and she
would not leave the yard.) Sage went under the trampoline and she didn't
it and she jumped on her by accident. My daughter said that Sage stood at
the edge of the trampoline and barked at her a few times, and my daughter
sage, I'm sorry" and that was the only time I have ever heard of anything
Please help me. I love her and I don't want to think she
will hurt my children. Is this just her attacking other dogs because she
is dog aggressive? It
seems to be females too. Thanks.
My problem is my Pembroke Corgi (3 years old,
female spayed) and my Border Terrier (2 years old female not spayed) fight.
I can't figure out any provocation. They love to play with each other but
in every once in awhile the Border Terrier attacks the Corgi and they and
I usually end up bleeding.
Most of the fights I find myself alone with them. On the occasion my husband
is home, he gets really mad and physical with the dogs and that scares them.
One instance he and I were here and he had the Border by the back legs and
I had the Corgi by the back legs and the problem is the Border will NOT let
go of the Corgi. I don't want to rip open something that will need stitches.
So here we are, waiting for the Border to let go to get another hold. HELP.
Usually I am here alone with them when the fights start. My husband has been
so physical with them after a fight that I was afraid he would
hurt them BUT that seems to help when he is around and he yells at them they
don't fight when one is about to break out. I don't have that luxury. I read
your part on putting a lead around of the the dogs hind legs and tying it
off to something solid. My problem is the Border will not let go and I have
little strength to hold on very long and wait. Having them both muzzled all
the time is not a solution for me. I feel that is cruel. Please if you can
I found your website when I searched for dog
aggression on Google and I hope that you can help me. I have two dogs, one
a 3 1/2 year old boston terrier (female, spade, 18 Ibs) and a 1 1/2 year
old boxer (female, spade, 60 lbs). They are both very good with people and
other dogs, but sometimes, they are not so good with each other and lately
it has gotten worse. They get into vicious fights with one another and they
are very difficult to separate once these fights break out (As a smaller
female, I find it very difficult and scary to get control of the boxer).
It is difficult to tell if one or the other starts the fights, because they
happen so quickly. When they first started getting into these fights, it
seemed like there was always a trigger, such as someone new coming over to
the house or a piece of food being dropped on the floor. Now, however, they
will fight for absolutely no reason; the boxer will just look at the boston
terrier and a fight breaks out. We cannot give these dogs any chew toys or
anything anymore because this causes fights. During the day when we are at
work, we put the boxer in a cage and the boston terrier is free to roam the
house (we block off the room with the cage with a gate). We are trying to
leave the boxer out of her cage from time to time while we are at work, but
I am afraid now that when , open the front door when' get home from work,
they will get too excited and fight.
We have contacted a behavioral specialist
in our area and have set up an appointment. The problem is, however, that
she cannot meet with us until
April 12th. I am just wondering if you can suggest anything that we can do
in the meantime to keep these dogs from fighting. We have tried separating
them, but this just seems to upset the boxer even more. Any suggestions will
be greatly appreciated. Thanks
I took on the responsibility of a rescue 3
year old, 100 Ib, GSD, Elsa. I've had many GSDs and have never had the following
problem. My other dogs came from reputable breeders. I also have an 8 year
old GSD who has a wonderful temperament. I am baffled by Elsa. She came to
me after being in a wreck of a marriage where there was a lot of domestic
abuse. Her anger to humans has been transferred to biting brooms,
while I'm sweeping, biting chainsaws while operating, and yesterday getting
under a hoe while I was tilling. She is a nervous dog, always circling, and
scoping. I kept her separate from Emma for 2 months. Yesterday while I was
hoeing the garden she pinned Emma down and they had a terrible dog fight.
I pried them apart with the handle of the hoe. Elsa while on top suffered
terribly. Emma was unscathed. She also urinates whenever my brother comes
near her kennel. She seems very bonded to me and my daughter, but I'm not
willing to take any chances.
I have called the rescue shelter where she came from, who also trains dogs.
She said she now believes this is neurological, not simply a behavioral problem.
Is there anything I could have done, is there anything I can do, or is she
a time bomb? I am trying to seek your advice. Please give me some idea of
the direction I need to go. My sincerest thanks.
I recently adopted two female dogs from our
local shelters. I live in Melbourne, Florida and am having a hard time getting
a trainer to help. They seem to want to work only when it is convenient for
them, which is really frustrating for me.
Abby is a 3-4 yr old 20 lb (approx. 12 inch) beagle who recently finished
heart worm treatment and is feeling fine now and was long since spayed before
we got her on March 4. Molly is 1 yr old 40 lb terrier (possible Airedale)
mix, who was in foster care December 28, 2004 because she had puppies. We
adopted her and she was spayed on March 3.
The problem is this, for the first two weeks
they got along great with one fight, which I expected as I have had multiple
dogs all my life (usually
mutts). Abby showed some dominance to Molly such as "humping" her
when she was on her back on the floor. It looked like they were going to
resolve without blood shed. Molly suddenly began attacking Abby when Abby
was in her crate and Molly was being brought back from a walk. Now, Abby
has the attitude of "I will attack first and take you out". She
is very aggressive towards Molly and appears to be fearful of people when
we walk by growling at them.
Please let me know if your videos will help
us or if you know of any trainers in the area. We do not want to give one
of them up but will if it comes to
that. We tried one trainer but she only did "reward" training.
I think they need a more aggressive trainer. I would like to sit on the couch
as we used to do and watch TV without them being in their crates but beside
me. You seem to have the approach that we need, but unfortunately for us,
you are not close by. Any help or recommendations you can offer would be
I have a mother and daughter. The mother is
3 and a half and the daughter is 1 and a half. Last night was there first
The mother has gotten away from the fight with a wound on her paw, the daughter
however has 4 wounds on her face. On your website it says that the fighting
is only going to get worse. If I don’t control it. I guess the dogs
see my husband as the Alpha male. My husband is in the military and was not
here last night. How Do I become
the Alpha male? I am going to go and purchase the muzzles like you said and
that stick. I am also thinking about kennels now. Is there anything that
I can do to stop the fight before it starts? Are they trying to be the biggest
baddest? Neither one of them are fixed, could that be the problem? I would
appreciate any ideas you have because I don’t want this to happen again.
I just found your website tonight and was
reading all of the information you have posted and it has been very helpful.
three outside dogs and from the articles you have written have the beginnings
of some dog dominance issues. We have a 14 year old blind basset hound that
still gets around very well considering her age and blindness. We live out
in the country and have a fenced in yard, fortunately she had her sight
when we first moved here so she gets around fairly well. She lost her sight
due to glaucoma about 2 years ago. We also have a 4 year old male rottweiler
and then a female mutt, lab mix I think that we took in about a year ago.
Everyone has got along fine until last night when the younger mutt Lucy attacked
the older female Quincy. The male Sampson joined in the fight but did not
show the aggression that Lucy the younger dog did. My husband and I were
able to pull them apart but Lucy was very aggressive towards Quincy and tried
to restart the fight as soon as we let her go after. We immediately crated
the two younger dogs and have brought Quincy inside but don't know what to
do long term. I don't know if they sense that Quincy is old and sick or after
reading your articles am inclined to think it’s a dominance issue with
the younger trying to up her status in the dog pack. The problem is other
than keeping them separated from here on out is there another solution? We
don't feel it’s fair that the older dog suffer and were even looking
into finding another home for the younger dog Lucy. Our only concern there
is that Sampson and Lucy are such good playmates and Quincy is too old to
play like they do, would finding another less aggressive female dog solve
our problem? I plan to buy your video on basic dog obedience but didn't want
to wait till received it to start fixing our situation. Thanks for any advice
you can give.
I have a 12 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback bitch & a 8 month old Boerboel
bitch (SA Mastiff) They cuddle up etc and most of the time get on - but since
the Ridgebacks first season - they seem to have an issue sometimes.
The Ridgeback is scared of the Boerboel , tail goes down etc - meanwhile
the Boerboel is the submissive one when playing - ie always showing her
I think the problem is that they have not worked out between them who is
Your thoughts on the matter would be appreciated.