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01-20-2014 07:58 PM
Chip18 Hope you won't need this...
Leerburg | How to Break Up a Dog Fight Without Getting Hurt!
01-20-2014 06:36 PM
icejack I think me and my wife made it worst then. Now Im calm and dont try to think to hard about what happend. We are going to try cage rotation at the start, walk with them more regular, aswell as trying to find someone that can see ow our dogs work together and what we can do.

The getting bit part was our fault, the way the oldest got to bit my wife was because of the way she pulled her away from the other dog, by pulling her towards her body. And I had my hand around the youngest holding her back and then got hit since my arm was around her neck. So we've decided not to put much more thought around that issue.

And if we should be unlucky and it happens again (fighting) well have to wait it out and look for an opening instead of forcing one.
01-20-2014 02:50 PM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by MadLab View Post
The problem here is the humans got stitches but the dogs were fine.

Personally I'd calmly watch and wait for a break rather than try to separate during conflict exposing myself to a bite. Dog skin is much stronger than humans and they should absorb any bite rather than a human present.

A person is getting redirected on, when bitten during a conflict between dogs. Simply shouldn't be in that situation.

With a calm approach, the dogs will do a lot of snarling and jumping around but won't hurt each other. Any person getting stressed is adding fuel to the situation.

A calm approach will help avoid the same situation in the future. Firm but fair is the way to go with dogs.
Good advise...not my policy! Nobody beats up on my dogs! Not even my dogs! I got stitches, the dogs were fine!

In the future yeah, drag lines, dominate dog collars a crate and pack training! They were males so I at least got that part right!

But two Females...I got nothing! I had my Baby girl Struddell (white Boxer) nut up on Gunther over baby kittens! Wiggly, goofy Boxer! My god she was so fast! I had never seen anything like it!

But yeah two Female Boxers in the same home!? New dog has that happen she'd be back in a heart beat! Hence Boxers and Buddies policy.

So there policy and mine is two Females in the same household? Just say no!

Sorry not of much help to the OP.
01-20-2014 02:33 PM
Chip18
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True. Even experienced owners/breeders have been forced to manage or re-home due to ongoing dog aggression. Bitch on bitch seems to be the worst.

I've rarely known Irish Wolfhound owners/breeders to have problems even with large packs of intact females which included intact males. Rarely, some needed to keep 2 males separate at all times. More commonly, intact males had to be separated when a bitch was in heat. (Minor issue b/c they had to be kept apart from the bitch regardless). I've known owners/breeders of Papillons, Labs, Goldens & Cavaliers who had little to no problems with packs of both intact & altered dogs.

Although da can happen with any breed I'm convinced it's more common with some breeds, GSD among them. I think too it's more prevalent in some lines than others (including one line of Irish Wolfhounds). I'm a multi dog household so it's something I look for in the dogs I acquire, Spanky, my American Bulldog & an unwanted 'inheritance', doesn't get on with Pluto, my mutt pup. This is an ongoing headache & something I hope to not have to deal with again...
Add Female Boxers to your data base! Boxers and Buddies out here (rescue) has a strict no Female Boxers to households with Female Boxers! If you have different breed dog it's a maybe if your an experienced household?

ABD cool! I want to add a Boxer/ABD mix to my (rebuilt pack) all that mass with a goofy Boxer face just makes me giggle!
01-20-2014 02:21 PM
MadLab The problem here is the humans got stitches but the dogs were fine.

Personally I'd calmly watch and wait for a break rather than try to separate during conflict exposing myself to a bite. Dog skin is much stronger than humans and they should absorb any bite rather than a human present.

A person is getting redirected on, when bitten during a conflict between dogs. Simply shouldn't be in that situation.

With a calm approach, the dogs will do a lot of snarling and jumping around but won't hurt each other. Any person getting stressed is adding fuel to the situation.

A calm approach will help avoid the same situation in the future. Firm but fair is the way to go with dogs.
01-20-2014 12:27 PM
RubyTuesday Given the bite, management is perhaps the best & possibly only solution for the op, short of having one pts.
01-20-2014 12:09 PM
Courtney My parents owned female littermates. They did not start living together until they were 6-8 months old. My grandpa owned one and he passed away, of course my parents took her in, lovely girl. They were fine with each other until they turned a year old, inseparable actually. Both great dogs separately - together a nightmare. Bloodshed from these two - my dad with stitches twice from trying to break up a fight (very bad idea) - one girl with a ER Thanksgiving day surgery from another fight to repair her ear - the tip was hanging.

They lost one of the girls last year (she passed away)-she was almost 13 years old - my parents still have the other sister.

Over the years they really had to manage them. They would know certain things that would trigger a fight and avoid those situations. They never played with each other and kept their distance. When the one was sick last year her sister did come up to her and laid down next to her. My parents were so shocked it was the first time in 12 + years that happened and they witnessed it.

My point I guess ...if you are going to keep both you are going to have to really manage them, separate them, pay attention and avoid the triggers that cause them to fight. Good luck.
01-20-2014 11:50 AM
RubyTuesday
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1) it has nothing to do with whether or not the owner is "the boss"
True. Even experienced owners/breeders have been forced to manage or re-home due to ongoing dog aggression. Bitch on bitch seems to be the worst.

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Very rarely have I seen two breeding age females of any breed get along well...
I've rarely known Irish Wolfhound owners/breeders to have problems even with large packs of intact females which included intact males. Rarely, some needed to keep 2 males separate at all times. More commonly, intact males had to be separated when a bitch was in heat. (Minor issue b/c they had to be kept apart from the bitch regardless). I've known owners/breeders of Papillons, Labs, Goldens & Cavaliers who had little to no problems with packs of both intact & altered dogs.

Although da can happen with any breed I'm convinced it's more common with some breeds, GSD among them. I think too it's more prevalent in some lines than others (including one line of Irish Wolfhounds). I'm a multi dog household so it's something I look for in the dogs I acquire, Spanky, my American Bulldog & an unwanted 'inheritance', doesn't get on with Pluto, my mutt pup. This is an ongoing headache & something I hope to not have to deal with again...
01-20-2014 06:53 AM
Dainerra 1) it has nothing to do with whether or not the owner is "the boss"
2) it can start at any age but 2 years old is a very common time - that is when the youngest will really start to hit her mature size and strength, when she is most likely to think "yeah, I can take her"

a very common saying amongst the old dog people "males fight to breed, bitches fight to breathe" Get a knowledgeable person to come over and watch them interact. They can observe the little signals that the average person may not recognize and hopefully see if there is any outside influence on the fighting. Then they can work out a play to help with the problem.
Even if you are able to get the girls to the point where they are fine being in the same room together with you, I would NEVER leave them together alone for the rest of their lives.
01-20-2014 02:22 AM
harmony You are clearly not the boss if they are that old and it starts. you can have two sister pups a 6 weeks that get along and 6 months will take each other down. Two females can get along but when they don't, they wont, they fight to be dominate.
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