Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Stacey, lovely to hear from you.
You dont mention how old the dogs are and what could be happening is that there is a play for hierarchy within the pack, especially where females are concerned.
A neutered male dog tends to 'have a go' and then forgets all about the incident and can be seen happily playing with the other dog a short while later.
Females, on the other hand, sometimes seem to even hold a grudge and the fighting can be severe, even fatal in some instances.
I really would suggest getting in somebody to help you. You need to bring in House Rules and show the dogs that you, your hubby and all members in the family are higher ranking than the dogs and you will not accept the behaviour.
Although you have tried to 'even' the playing field, dogs dont 'do' democracy! You need to interact more with the dogs as per their status in the pack and having said that, there is no guarantee that the eldest dog, or largest is higher ranking.
Until you bring somebody in ensure that there are not toys, food bowls, beds around etc, which may be what is triggering the problem. Why not speak to your vet to recommend somebody or get hold of an accredited animal behaviour consultant in your area.
Also inspect the qualifications of the person you are going to bring in. Good luck, thanks Scotty
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