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Posted by: | 2018/04/25

Sister dogs fighting badly.

I've had Belle and Bandit for a little over 4 years now (got Belle at 8 weeks and her sister around 6 months). They were in the same litter and Bandit used to be the more submissive one and Belle more confident, but now they seem to be same level of confident. As puppies I didn't deal with them fighting other than occasional normal squabbles that didn't lead to actual biting or anything. And around a year or 2 ago they had a couple more serious fights where blood was drawn but not badly. It's been around a year since I've had any problems, but in the last 3 weeks there have been 2 bad fights where blood was drawn and it was VERY hard to seperate them. Both the fights involved a dog accidentally getting hurt and yelping, then out of nowhere a huge fight. I have been keeping them seperate, but tonight Belle dug into Bandit's kennel. I was horrified until I realized no blood, no agression, nothing. They were toally happy and fine together. I quickly separated them by calling Belle out and filling in the hole. I just don't know what to do, because I am afraid I just don't know when they'll be triggered and start fighting. They are border collie mixes and Bandit is spayed but Belle is intact. It used to be if they were arguing or squabbling I could get them to seperate by telling them no, but these last two fights required two people and pulling them apart (Bandit let's go fairly easy, but Belle doesn't). I'm not sure what to do. Is there a way I could work this out or will they have to be constantly seperate from now on?

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- 2018/04/25

The best will be to contact a veterinary behaviour specialist, they will be able to give advice:

VETERINARY BEHAVIOUR PRACTITIONERS 

Pretoria - Centurion

Dr Mari Welthagen: mari.welthagen@gmail.com

Dr Yolande Johnson: clinic@zambesivet.co.za

Sr Carla van der Merwe: carla.vandermerwe@up.ac.za 

Johannesburg

Dr Frederique Hurly: fchurly@mweb.co.za

Dr Le-anne Kleynhans: leanne@bromhofvet.co.za

Dr Leaura Velkoop: jabula1@mweb.co.za

Dr Donne Roberts: dr.donne.roberts@gmail.com

Dr Jackie Sharp: vets@sunninghillvillagevet.co.za

Sr Linda Venter: pawz.n.all@gmail.com 

Durban

Dr Kylene Kelbe: kkelbe@gmail.com

Dr Trish Bredin: trish.bredin@mweb.co.za 

Cape Town

Dr Varini Naidoo: saintf@mweb.co.za

Dr Aileen Pypers: aileen.vet@gmail.com

Dr Kegan Becker: kegan.bell01@gmail.com 

Port Elizabeth

Dr Alma Kerr: almakerr@hotmail.com 

Nelspruit

Dr Laura McIntyre: laura.canterbear@gmail.com 

Gravelotte

Dr Nina Kisch: drninakisch@gmail.com (telephone and e-mail consulting available and travels to Tzaneen, Hoedspruit, Phalaborwa, Nelspruit

Hope this will help!


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