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Wendy asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger

My mom has two dogs a Black Lab age (1 1/2 years old) and a Lab Chow age (5 years old). The problem is that every time the black lab is going outside or evens walks into the room the lab chow goes over and what we think is playing then it turns into a fight. Please help me fix this. I don't want this to keep going on. I'm scared one of them is going to get hurt.rnrnThank you so much rnWendy Blankemeier

Marta asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Hyperactivity Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household Other

Our original pack of 5 is made up of four small breeds (3 spayed chihuahuas and 1 neutered chiweenie) and a senior spayed cattle dog mix (11 yrs alpha dog). Approximately 8 months ago we rescued a young spayed smooth coat border collie 1.25 yrs old and then 6 months ago rescued a young spayed Golden retriever mix 1.75 yrs old. The two new pack members love to play and are best of pals and currently under going obedience training. Our pack of 7 was doing well except for their over excitement upon our return home after being left alone. They have a doggy door with outdoor access and into the house. The excitement has escalated and resulted in the 1.25 yr old border collie attacking the 11 yr old senior cattle dog four times in one week (developing a "this what I do behavior during excitement") causing injuries requiring veterinary attention. This "sibling rivalry" is not acceptable or fare to our senior girl and now concerns us about the small breeds. We are able to separate the two younger rescues from the four small & the senior cattle dog while left alone. (Although just yesterday all 7 were together all day with my fiancé home and when I returned home the pack was excited and the border collie attacked the senior cattle dog) resulting in injury and a trip to the vet. I am dedicated to rehabilitate & train ourselves and the pack. Challenging to do corrections for the excitement behavior upon on our return as I am outside and they are inside (now separated into two groups). Excitements escalates with them seeing the Gardner and pool man (and I try to be home during those times and utilize the opportunity for training & corrections).

Jennifer asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Recall or not coming when called Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household Separation Anxiety

My dogs have been displaying aggression increasingly over the last year. I'm assuming this is due to our having moved twice/other life events. It's escalated to minor injury, they'd never fought before. Also, they're now alone at home for long periods of time, can I ease their separation anxiety? Thanks!

Lisa asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Hyperactivity Separation Anxiety Toileting

How to begin with discipline on a 10 week puppy

Samantha asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger

When we adopted Jax almost two years ago he was practically feral. We spent the first two months with him trying to gently convince him it was safe to come out of hiding. Even now he is still very uncomfortable with those he doesn't know. He is friendly toward other dogs (we have a 9 year old female Walker and he has been around several other dogs of different breeds, genders, and ages). He is usually very submissive. He spends most of his time with myself, my husband, and his doggie sister, Belle. Recently we have encountered an issue with growling. It has only happened a few times. Once at me when I tried to pet him as he was asleep. As soon as he opened his eyes and realized it was me he was "remorseful". I did not scold or negatively respond to that incident and it has not happened again. However he has growled at my husband two or three times. It usually happens when he is laying with me or near me. Last night I was asleep with Jax on the bed. Both dogs sleep in kennels in a separate bedroom. They both enjoy the kennels and willingly "go to bed" each night with tails wagging. I wasn't feeling well so I had laid down before my husband and Jax was laying with me. When my husband came to get Jax I was asleep. He says he patted him and rubbed him while talking quietly to him. Then he gently touched his collar. At that point he let out a low growl so my husband let go of the collar and gently pulled the quilt he was laying on while still talking gently to him. Jax then growled louder. My husband stepped back to give him some space and Jax barked at him. At that point I woke up and spoke to him. He then calmed down and got off the bed with tail tucked. He went outside to potty like normal and came back in (still cowered) and went to bed in his kennel. It is worth noting that for the first year we had Jax my husband worked out of town Monday through Friday. During that time I was responsible for all care of both dogs. In the last year my husband has taken on all the feeding, watering, letting in and out, and putting to bed of both dogs. In normal circumstances Jax loves my husband. He plays with him willingly and approaches him excitedly. However if given the choice he prefers to be with me. I jokingly call him my Velcro dog as he is always right at my feet. He follows me from room to room and if I sit or lay down he gets as close as possible to me even laying on top of me if he can. Also worth noting is that although he is house trained and knows his routine well, Jax has received no formal training as he is not confident enough around other people to attend a class.

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