between dogs in the same household
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for reducing friction between two dogs living in the same household
often fight over resources that they find valuable. In a normal household
these resources often include food, water, toys, attention from owners
and sleeping areas. By either removing resources completely from within
a given area or by increasing resources less friction occurs.
occur, most owners try and either chastise the dog that they feel has
caused the problem or alternatively they chastise both dogs equally. When
this happens it can cause a situation where the two dogs are completely
confused over which has the highest status. This of course results in
the fights being sustained over a very long period.
program is designed to allow the more dominant dog to develop his communication
skills and so reduces the possibility of his needing to intimidate his
canine friend in order to achieve this higher status. It also allows the
older dog, if not the dominant one to gracefully step down from his former
position of authority.
on you will need to feed both dogs in the following manner.
Have a lead
or line attached to dog #1s collar and hold on to the end of it
while he is eating.
Use three food bowls instead of two.
Placing a large rock on top of dog #2's food will slow him down enough
for dog #1 to eat his meal in peace.
Place dog #2's bowl on the floor just before dog #1
If you see dog #2 leaving his bowl to go to dog #1, then use the line
to gently guide dog #1 to the third bowl.
Use two water
bowls instead of just one and also increase the number of beds that are
available in one area to three.
a habit of greeting dog #2 before dog #1 when you enter the house.
dog #2s lead on before you put dog #1 on when you go out for walks.
six foot nylon line to dog #1s collar and use it to teach him how
to vacate a bed or resting area or where he needs to go in order to reduce
the possibility of dog #2 having to move him physically. Use the line
in a matter of fact way and always verbally reward dog #1 for doing what
you are requesting. This should let both dogs know that you are now supporting
dog #2 as the new canine pack leader. This line should stay on for a period
of two weeks when there is supervision.
dogs are left alone, then you should position them so that they can see
but not touch one another. This cuts out the possibility of them both
trying to defend their respective territories from one another.
the ramifications of pet overpopulation, we encourage pet owners to spay/neuter
their pets. In some cases of agression, it may be wise to take care of
the aggression issues before the animals are sterilized. With two male
dogs, hormone therapy or castrating the more submissive of the two dogs
is usually very effective. Castrating only the more dominant dog will
increase the severity of the fights.
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