|Barked: Fri May 13, '11 7:56pm PST |
|Hi Dudley. His history, good or bad, does not matter. He has a good home and is fed regularly, so there is no excuse for aggressive behavior to his house-mate.
We had a bit of unpleasantness between Snickers and Sonny 3 weeks ago. Snickers is 8, anxious, bossy, and has no idea how to play. Sonny is a happy go lucky goof. Bad combo! Snickers has been telling Sonny what to do for a year. I had only corrected him if he got too ugly.
Well of course while I was out, the dogs got out of hand. Snick jumped Sonny, Sonny whupped his butt. Snick spent 2 days in the Vet hospital. Not good.
Things were tense for a week. All of us have made a point to be VERY strict with all the dogs. We are in charge of EVERYTHING. They will not bully, posture, etc. Rule breakers are removed from the fun.
At the 3 week mark the behaviorist was pleased to see the boys are very relaxed with each other.
It does require that the humans step up and protect each dogs food dish/meal time. The food bag should not be where it becomes a source of friction. Make it disappear, or insist no dogs may approach it. Just a quiet "uh-uh" and herd the dog away. If you get resistance, then you know how much the food must be out of reach/sight.
Separate them in different rooms for meals.
Good luck, keep us posted on their progress.
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