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LinneK9 12-16-2013 01:00 PM

How to properly break up and prevent fights?
 
I have a 3mo. old male GSD and we have a 10 month old mutt at home (female husky/beagle or so my roommate was told) They can tolerate each other sometimes but for some reason the bottom just falls out and they fight. Teeth showing snapping etc. I understand they are both technically puppies and my guy nips at the other dog and sometimes she just ignores him and other times she gets low teeth out...Saturday was the worst fight they got into where the female got a little more vicious than usual and I almost was on the wrong end of dogs teeth. Every time my puppy comes out of the crate or comes in from being outside he runs toward her with a deep rapid bark standing proud. I am worried I am dealing with a dominant aggressive dog (GSD) and a submissive aggressive dog (Husky/Beagle) Open to any questions or solutions to help fix this....:confused::confused::confused: I have watched and researched a little bit with regard to dog behavior I am just starting to drain out on breaking fights up and not knowing what else to do....I have considered some puppy training classes...

trcy 12-16-2013 02:22 PM

I do it the wrong way. I have to smaller dogs. When the get in tiffs with the GSD I get between them pushing the GSD back or grabbing the smaller dog and walking it away. I have not gotten bit yet.

When we had pits I just sprayed them with the hose and they stopped.

marbury 12-16-2013 02:26 PM

Some dogs just don't get along and must be separated.

MadLab 12-16-2013 02:56 PM

Break up fights calmly.

If you add excitement and screaming then they can fight more. I usually watch and step in if there is a slight break. Generally dogs aren't biting hard, they are just snarling, and using aggression to win the conflict. So they get excited and you show them you are cool.

Basically to avoid it you need to stop the lead up. Any posturing, growling, baring teeth, barking, getting in each others space should be stopped. In my opinion a dog should be allowed sit in peace with out any other dog picking on it. Sometimes dogs can't defend themselves so you need to do it.

Always consider who is starting the fights. Then stop them and what ever behavior is triggering the fight. The behavior the other dog is doing to protect itself should be allowed to a degree. If it is shown you are in control of the situation it shouldn't need to protect itself.

Lilie 12-16-2013 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by LinneK9 (Post 4680010)
Every time my puppy comes out of the crate or comes in from being outside he runs toward her with a deep rapid bark standing proud.

You stop the behavior before this ^^^ happens. You don't allow your puppy to bully the other dog. If your puppy isn't exhibiting the above behavior the female won't have to defend herself.

LinneK9 12-16-2013 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Lilie (Post 4680554)
You stop the behavior before this ^^^ happens. You don't allow your puppy to bully the other dog. If your puppy isn't exhibiting the above behavior the female won't have to defend herself.

He is always on leash coming in and out of the house and out of the crate. He lunges and barks wildly when he sees the other dog. Should I just stand there and wait until he calms himself, reward him then unhook him?

LinneK9 12-16-2013 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Lilie (Post 4680554)
You stop the behavior before this ^^^ happens. You don't allow your puppy to bully the other dog. If your puppy isn't exhibiting the above behavior the female won't have to defend herself.

Is them getting "mouthy" with eachother acceptable? Mouths open nipping at each others mouths with the whiny tone?.....< this usually turns into a fight but seems playful at the time?

MaggieRoseLee 12-16-2013 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by LinneK9 (Post 4680922)
He is always on leash coming in and out of the house and out of the crate. He lunges and barks wildly when he sees the other dog. Should I just stand there and wait until he calms himself, reward him then unhook him?

If they can't play nice, then they can't play at all. And you need to be proactive with this. Any lunging and barking means you are LATE with communicating that you won't accept this behavior. Not fair to either pup if this goes to far and one (both?) of them get injured.

It's the humans job to exercise and teach appropriate behavior. And if this means using baby gates and crating while you work it out, then that's what happens. I'd be really exercising and taking tons of dog classes so your dog(s) know to listen and look to you so they don't just escalate to the fighting stage.

So this shouldn't be about how to break up a fight, but how to prevent any fights from ever happening again.

Good luck.

Harry and Lola 12-16-2013 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by LinneK9 (Post 4680010)
Every time my puppy comes out of the crate or comes in from being outside he runs toward her with a deep rapid bark standing proud.

The puppy coming out of the crate is full of pent up excitement and energy, instead of releasing the pup from the crate straight into the house where the other dog is, why don't you put him on lead then take him for a brisk 15 to 20 minute walk then bring him inside on lead where the other dog is and make him drop and stay until he is calm. Once calm remove the lead and see how things go.

Again with the coming in from outside, do the same thing.

I realise they are both very young, 3 and 10 months, but they both need to learn to respect each others space and proper manners.

LinneK9 12-16-2013 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Harry and Lola (Post 4680954)
The puppy coming out of the crate is full of pent up excitement and energy, instead of releasing the pup from the crate straight into the house where the other dog is, why don't you put him on lead then take him for a brisk 15 to 20 minute walk then bring him inside on lead where the other dog is and make him drop and stay until he is calm. Once calm remove the lead and see how things go.

Again with the coming in from outside, do the same thing.

I realise they are both very young, 3 and 10 months, but they both need to learn to respect each others space and proper manners.

I was told not take him on walks yet as he hasn't had his 3rd set of shots yet (they are tomorrow) Is jogging ok for a young puppy? trying to be easy on his hips while he is still developing....


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