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03-14-2014 10:09 PM
Ponypip123 Little dog is doing well finally, living at my sister's house for now, and some folks are trying to find a way to rehome her...I don't want to have that time bomb ticking 24/7 here, and my GSD would be a lot harder to place....
Thanks for the help everyone!
03-11-2014 08:11 AM
blackshep
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I thought that too, but it sounds like the decision to rehome the one dog, seems to already be in place, and because of how extreme the fight was, and the likelihood that this will repeat, even at home now, it really is the best decision. Bitches are smart, patient, and will wait for the best opportunity, then they strike fast, when they do. The smaller female will probably be killed by this dog if they do not spend a lot of time working on the issue, and are extremely vigilent with their management, forever.

Best to rehome. And, it is best to rehome the dog with the best chances to get a good home, and to succeed in that home.
I agree, totally.

Sorry OP about the situation, hope your little pup makes a full recovery
03-10-2014 06:49 PM
Stevenzachsmom
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Sorry, Stevenzachsmon I meant... (stupid auto correct)

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Don't be sorry. That totally cracked me up. Steven is my 15 year old son. He most certainly does ache me - frequently.

Really sorry you are going through this with your dogs though.
03-10-2014 06:39 PM
selzer
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Don't know for sure, but did the fact that they were at a friends house contribute to the situation? Not normal enviroment? Just something to consider.
I thought that too, but it sounds like the decision to rehome the one dog, seems to already be in place, and because of how extreme the fight was, and the likelihood that this will repeat, even at home now, it really is the best decision. Bitches are smart, patient, and will wait for the best opportunity, then they strike fast, when they do. The smaller female will probably be killed by this dog if they do not spend a lot of time working on the issue, and are extremely vigilent with their management, forever.

Best to rehome. And, it is best to rehome the dog with the best chances to get a good home, and to succeed in that home.
03-10-2014 08:14 AM
DWP
Enviroement?

Don't know for sure, but did the fact that they were at a friends house contribute to the situation? Not normal enviroment? Just something to consider.
03-10-2014 03:54 AM
Chip18
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I found out after going to urgent care they don't stitch dog bites. They just clean them and tape them up.
They "do" stich dog bites in NV..it was a "BIG" hypodermic needle for the shot!!!.
03-10-2014 03:32 AM
Harry and Lola
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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.
This is so true. You don't know what instigated the attack, however the fact your GSD has done enough damage to the little dog to put it in hospital is not on. I don't have the answer on how to fix this, but if it were me once the little dog is back home, I would treat each the same regarding boundaries and attention and try to build confidence and respect between them. I would not allow the little dog to become fearful or the GSD to become a bully, they will both need careful management to help this pack work.
03-10-2014 12:25 AM
trcy
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Dog-aggression of any sort does not translate to human aggression, though humans can be injured separating fighting dogs, and there is redirected aggression.
Very true. The last fight my dogs had was over a month ago. They got into it in an odd area that was difficult for me to separate them. The GSD bit my smaller dog on the nose. I was shoving the GSD back so he didn't kill or seriously injure the smaller dog (I don't think he intentionally would, but there is a large size difference.) when the smaller dog went to bite him and got me.

Had it not been a dog bite I would have needed stitches. I found out after going to urgent care they don't stitch dog bites. They just clean them and tape them up. It left quite the scar....The doctor wrote it up as an unprovoked bite. No inquire from animal control was done. Thankfully.

The next day the two were sleeping nose to nose...no further problems.
03-10-2014 12:17 AM
selzer Dog-aggression of any sort does not translate to human aggression, though humans can be injured separating fighting dogs, and there is redirected aggression. An example of re-directed aggression could be when a dog is actively fence fighting with his arch-enemy, and totally in a zone, and someone goes up to him and takes the collar and pulls him away from the other dog, if the dog were to bite or snap at the person in this situation that would be re-directed aggression.

The dog would already have to be totally engulfed in his aggression toward another bitch, to have this happen.

Furthermore, bitch-bitch inter-pack aggression doesn't seem to translate at all to bitches outside the dog's pack.

What this means, is that no, I don't think you have a problem at all, if you have already found a home for the other bitch. I would definitely not bring in another bitch into your home. A dog-pup, is a maybe. I probably wouldn't bring in an adult dog because then you have two dogs with possible baggage, that may not get along. The chances are much better that your bitch will get along with a puppy (male or female), but after the pup becomes sexually mature, she will probably start WWIII with the young bitch. This probably would not happen with a male pup, but it is hard to be 100% certain on that. I mean, some dogs may suffer from SSA, and other forms of dog aggression at the same time.
03-09-2014 10:45 PM
Ponypip123 Sorry, Stevenzachsmon I meant... (stupid auto correct)

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