Our expert says:
I think you should take both your dogs to a good training school in any case and train them separately, so that you have more control over them. Puppies from the age of 2 months need to be socialised in a group situation which is pleasant and not stressful. The beach is not always ideal. If they lose out on this early socialising stage (up until 16 weeks) it is often difficult to overcome this. Avoid ever punishing or reprimanding your dogs for being aggressive as this will only make them more anxious in that situation and therefore more defensive. During your walks, I suggest you keep one or both dogs on leads at all times so you have control over them. If you want to let them run more, get long leads (the expanding type are nice, but difficult to handle 2 at a time) or allow one dog off the lead at a time. Practise calling them back to you with treats during the walk. Part of the solution to male aggression is of course castration. This will take away the desire to prove how macho he is, especially to other male dogs. I strongly recommend this in any case for most male dogs, unless you are a breeder, as it makes male dogs generally easier to handle. They cock their legs less, wander less, fight less and are less controlling.
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