Originally Posted by Double Trouble
Here in Washington coyotes are a nuisance so every year we go deer hunting we kill all the coyotes we see lol. Our dogs (mainly Shadow) looks really close to a coyote to me, and the other day I was thinking, why are people scared of these dogs? I know they love me and aren't growling and barking at me, but still, just struck me as odd lol.
Thank you! We're trying to get them the right amount of exercise, but out issue right now is their jealousy towards each other. If we take one of them on a walk and leave the other at the house, when we get back they want to fight. Beings that it's usually just me home, I don't like to walk them both. They are fairly trained, but if Shadow sees a rabbit bolt into the woods, he's gone, then Dargun will chase Shadow, and we have a whole new mess. They really like playing with water from the hose, so that's been their exercise for a while. Now that it's winter, my brother and dad are home for a few months so we will be able to get back on regular walks. I would like to be able to take one out on a walk and them not fight when we get back. Any tips on how I go about fixing this issue?
Here is Shadow with the hose:
Well, it is double trouble that you have. Yes, GSDs can be jealous. They can resource guard anything: food, toys, you. They are a lot of dog to pull apart when they are going at it.
Your boys are 18 months old. They need training, lots of it. And you need to be a leader. Still keeping littermates is generally frowned upon by people who know, for a number of reasons, one being the pups can be the same power and then fights ensue. If one is significantly higher in dominance than the other, the one might be a bully and the other might not reach his potential. So, if people keep litter mates, they generally separate them fairly young. They train them separately, and they work them separately. And, any time where they allow them to be together is supervised and limited.
Or you neuter the lesser of the two in dominance, and jack up your canine leadership skills.
Some people will let males figure it out. Boys rarely kill each other. unlike females, who will if they are not separated when fighting. Others think that is barbaric.
The thing is, if you let boys figure it out, you had better be on the same page. You can't go treating the one like the superior if he is actually the inferior or you will create issues.
Other problems with raising two at once is that they (hopefully) grow old together, and you have two geriatric dogs at the same time - twice the vet bills. And they get so attached to each other, that if one is gone, the get depressed, or anxious, and if one dies, they generally follow soon after, so it is double the grief.
Water under the bridge though really, because you have litter mates. Now you need to take them in hand, because they are only getting bigger and stronger. Walking them separately is your best bet, because what if they decide they want to eat each other a mile away from home, and you have to try and get them home while keeping 170# of dog muscle and fang from eating the other.