Questioning Inter-Bitch Aggression
I've had two fights in almost as many days between three bitches in my house. I am happy to share the novella of details I had originally posted, but my basic hope is to get more responses from folks on this forum who have had experience with bitch fights and how it has played out for them over time.
I'm well aware that some bitches are blood-bound enemies. I've met a pair; they can't even see each other through a cage door without making the Twelfth Level of Torment look like a happy place. I completely understand that in some cases, diligent management and total isolation is the only real method of dealing with inter-bitch aggression.
I'm wondering if there aren't folks out there who have had bitches who have fought (seriously) that went on to live comfortably with each other. I've heard from one person on another thread who, with good management, time, and training has a good rapport built back up. I'm hoping that there are more folks that have had success with restoring harmony.
I ask because despite both fights resulting in blood being drawn none of the bitches involved seem to harbor any lasting resentment. They can certainly look at each other, approach each other's cages. I've basket-muzzled and allowed one aggressor to investigate the other; no problems.
When I'm not present my dogs are individually kenneled or in their own areas of the house anyway, so this really doesn't make a difference to the way my dogs are managed when I'm not home. I'm just really harkening back to the days of yore (meaning... last week) when we would all go play ball in the yard and hoping that there are other folks who have not had to implement a military-style lockdown of all bitches as a result of a fight.