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Old 03-09-2014, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 4 year old female attacked and almost killed my 15 pound 6 year old mix breed rescue dog kfemale, spayed), who we've had for 5 years. They were staying at a friend's house for a couple of days while i was out of town. My gsd has been loading it over the other one lately, kind of resource guarding me, but they have always been fine together. They were in the hall at my friend's house, she was sitting in living room when big dog attacked little dog and began shaking her violently...
Little dog will be in new home when released from hospital but I'm wondering if I have a big problem with my gsd now...
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am so sorry to hrar. Hoping the little dog makes a fast revovery. I hope someone comes along soon with some advice.
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well yes and no. You found out why many of us don't have two female dog households! If the dog is going way...problem solved..for you.
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it's sometimes really difficult to tell what starts a fight. My GSD got blamed for a few before I saw the smaller dog baring his teeth at hi on just one side. This caused the GSD to growl or bark and then the little dog would start growling back...and then fight. Now That I know who starts them we have not had anymore.
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My rescue was rehomed because in her last home, she attacked a smaller female too. The rescue that I got her from, said she would be better off in a home without small dogs. This girl had 3 homes before, I got her at the age of 2. You should not get another small dog, or female. Maybe she will be better off as an only dog, like mine. I am aware of my dogs past and do training classes and watch her like a hawk. She loves people though. May I ask why you are rehoming the older dog. Have you had her longer? I do think it is a good idea to rehome one. You should also contact a good trainer.
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If you're going to rehome the smaller dog then you solved the problem. Female on female aggression is not that uncommon with gsds. Like the saying goes, males fight for breeding rights, females fight for breathing rights. Sorry this happened, hope your smaller dog heals quickly and adjusts to her new environment without issue.
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it's sometimes really difficult to tell what starts a fight. ,
Sometimes yes... sometimes no!

Hope the little one will be OK.
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm not understanding why the smaller dog that has been in the home longer is being rehomed? It's a difficult decision either way and I hope the little one ends up in a good home.
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I don't mean to speak for the OP. I don't know if she has had the shepherd since she was a puppy. Let's say she has. Then she would have had the shepherd for 4 years and the small dog for 5 (of her 6) years. So....the small dog has only been there a year longer. My guess would be that it is easier to find a home for a small 6 year old dog, than a 4 year old GSD who has almost killed another dog.

I'm sure she doesn't want to give up either dog, but is doing the right thing. This is a very tough spot to be in. I am sorry.
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My guess would be that it is easier to find a home for a small 6 year old dog, than a 4 year old GSD who has almost killed another dog.

I'm sure she doesn't want to give up either dog, but is doing the right thing. This is a very tough spot to be in. I am sorry.
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