|05-17-2014 12:31 AM|
Once she realized the boundaries I set for her, she began to relax, and her true, silly, playful personality came through. Have to admit, though, it's much easier with just two, I have done multiples before, with a mixed pack, GSDs and GSD/wolf. Easy to get bit in the middle of a ruckus if you let it escalate that far, but you still have to set the boundaries. I never rehomed a canine because of pack issues, we managed it. How could you rehome and still be fair to BOTH of them?
|05-16-2014 06:21 PM|
I have a pack of six, one is a JRT, five are German Shepherds, and four of them are intact females. I allow them to correct each other fairly, but put a stop when it goes over the top. Even with four intact bitches, I have never had a "bitch fight" because I monitor all interaction and know where each dog stands. My alpha bitch, Kyniska age 3, and my newest bitch, Indah age 1 1/2, have never fought even though there has been tension. Indah likes to jump my 7month old because she is smaller and, as such weaker, and I put a stop to it when Kyniska doesn't. If Kyniska gets involved, Indah is fairly put in her place. Indah doesn't back talk Kyniska, and if she did, she would be corrected because she isn't alpha.
The only time, recently, when Kyniska went over board, was after Indah did the "shake off" and was back into a thinking state (instead of reactive state) and Kyniska should have backed off, but didn't. I verbally corrected Kyniska, and told her to leave it. Kyniska is pregnant and hormones are playing a role, so she was feeling more need to make her point. Indah got the point without Kyniska needing to over do it, so I stopped Kyniska.
When three of the last litter were visiting, two sisters, one brother, the sisters got into it. Owner of one was very upset and didn't know why they were "fighting." I explained that female A was upset and stressed because brother wouldn't stop humping her and she finally had to tell him off. When puppy B approached and did a normal behavior, female A overreacted causing a disagreement because puppy B didn't appreciate the overreaction. Being sisters there is already sibling issues, so they're more likely to get into it anyway.
My point, having a pack, or even just two dogs, means you need to know what's going on around you with them. NOT just with their pack order. One dog being stressed physically, or mentally, can cause issues. Factor in unstable or dogs with issues, and you REALLY need to know.
It also helps to have knowledge and understanding in their communication as well. What the difference a tail wag means when its stiff vrs flowing. The height its at when its wagging (and even the dog and how their tail normally sits via height). Licks of the tongue, where their eyes are focused, ear set, even add in where their heads are turned all can explain why a dog fight started. It's this knowledge that can prevent a fight, before it starts, or to figure out who to correct if it has started before you can prevent it.
|05-15-2014 09:27 PM|
|05-15-2014 09:04 PM|
If i "ever" have this problem in the future, I will use an E collar and light the offender up like a
christmas tree! Lesson learned!
But back on topic:
Three Dogs Who Shouldn’t Be at the Dog Park or Daycare | Robin Bennett
This is not a dog park thing but it may help in understanding the "issues"
|05-15-2014 08:56 PM|
|05-15-2014 08:41 PM|
|llombardo||I don't intervene for the most part with mine. There is a pack order, I know who the top two dogs are and I think the other 4 are still figuring that out. Whenever I think I figured it out one if them does something that makes me change my thought process. They really get along pretty well , Midnite is the most pushiest and the roughest. He usually gets rough with one of the other boys and one of the girls steps in and stops him. Just yesterday he was picking on the one dog and it was getting loud, the other dog decided that he wasn't going go take it, which always throws Midnite off. I turned around to tell them to stop and my oldest female had already stepped in the middle and pulled the smaller dog away. It's something to see. I told her good girl give me high five , she did and went to sleep, her job was done.|
|05-15-2014 08:00 PM|
|Merciel||When to Intervene in Dog-Dog Interactions might be worth a look if you haven't already seen it.|
|05-15-2014 07:53 PM|
|hunterisgreat||I allow *fair* social disputes. I drop the hammer on dogs being arse holes|
|05-15-2014 07:51 PM|
|Harry and Lola||
LOL I'm not sure about that!
I like to think that humans protect and nuture the weak, sure there are some people that enjoy picking on others but in my experience there are more people that don't.
|05-15-2014 07:37 PM|
|volcano||Maybe people are nicer in Australia, I think humans attack weakness.|
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