Originally Posted By: melissaw140
They are crated only maybe 2-4 hours through out the day as I work out of the house and it is when I have to leave to run errands. But I can crate them for 10 minutes while I do something quick and you would think they were stuck in there for 10 hours!!
But what are you doing to tire them out? I have two female GSDs...ages 2 and 7. They get along famously as long as I am a strong leader. If I lax, then I can see them start to grump at each other. Nothing serious, but not at all tolerated because I don't want it to escalate.
They also know what is expected of them...no questions about how they should behave with each other and just in general. Both are well trained in terms of obedience and "house" behavior.
Three things for my pack:
Rough housing is absolutely not allowed in the house
No guarding toys or they become mine
Grace is not allowed to herd Kira when they are running their legs off in the yard...she likes to bite Kira on the butt and this caused their one and only fight, quite honestly because Grace hurt Kira.
Each gets independent training time with me - 5 days a week for at least 15 minutes apiece...strictly maintenance work and took a lot more time during the teaching phase of things. Daily, they get walked together or have a run in the yard a few times a day...even these are training times. When we walk, we practice heeling, stop and automatic sit, turns, etc. In the yard, we practice recalls, long stays, etc. Plus I have a jumps and weaves agility set up that we do in the yard...and we go to the park every Sunday.
Re: the crating situation...my girls can be crazy to go outside first thing in the morning cause they gotta GO! I usually let Grace out first (she is not crated) and then I get Kira out of her crate. I only let her out if she is patiently waiting, which she does. They both must sit to get out before I'll open the door. When they come in, I have a baby gate that they must sit at first before I will let them in the house. Again...nothing happens if they don't sit and they learned very quickly just automatically sit.
Sounds like more leadership is necessary, along with more physical and mental stimulation...Good luck!!