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Posted by: love dogs | 2004/12/12

german shepherd and rottweiler fighting all the time

hi , i would like to know what do i do about our 2 male dogs fighting all the time, the german shepherd is younger than the rottweiler and it seems that he is a bit scared of him, they fight constantly , they share the same part of our backyard and then we also have 2 females , the older 1 is a german shephard and the younger who is now 1 years old is a rottweiler , they share the same front yard of our house and they along pretty well, can we put them all together or not.

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Hi "love dogs"
You don't say whether or not one or both the dogs are castrated. If not, I suggest you castrate the less dominant one, probably the German shepherd. This will help to reduce the threat that he represents to the rottweiler and may help reduce the fighting. However this is a complicated problem and you need to consider other factors such as attention-seeking, whether one of the bitches is on heat (the pheromones would affect the males' behaviour), boredom, etc. Why are the 4 dogs separated at the moment? Putting them together may not be a simple process. Success depends on whether they have been socialised with other dogs and other factors. Ideally it would be best to keep the 2 German shepherds together and the 2 rottweilers together as this would also solve the fighting problem. Spaying the 2 bitches is important though, or you will end up with a puppy farm and more fighting. I suggest that you get an animal behaviourist to do a proper consultation to sort this out (www.animal-behaviour.org.za).
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
ANIMAL BEHAVIOURIST

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Posted by: love dogs | 2004/12/15

my i am with all our dogs are that they their to protect my grandmother who is 74 years old and very active in our house and of course to keep her company because we are four in our household when we go to work she is alone.
We live in very dangerous times

Thanks for the advice

Reply to love dogs
Posted by: Chill | 2004/12/15

Not sure what your ultimate aim with all these dogs is, but if you put one male with one female, you should be ok, irrespective of which breeds. So then at least you would have two separate camps in which fighting would be unlikely.

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Posted by: love dogs | 2004/12/14

Thanks for that .Our German shephard has been spayed, can we put both german shepherds together and then the 2 rottweillers together.
the rottweiller will be spayed in the new year.

Thanks for everything

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Posted by: Jan | 2004/12/13

Yeah, WOW!

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Posted by: Chill | 2004/12/13

Wow - what a combination. Putting two males together is a recipe for fighting, and they will continue to fight until one of them is either dead or decides to assume the subservient role. Neutering one of the dogs MAY help, though it's no guarantee. Your vet should advise which of the two, based on their behavriour.

You're lucky the two females get along ok, because if they didn't, you'd have a far bigger problem on your hands. It's almost impossible to stop inter-female fighting once it starts, and if you put them in with the males, you're also looking for trouble... unless BOTH of them have been spayed.

You need to research this whole business and make some decisions, before your dogs get badly hurt or killed, and don't forget that your own (and your family's) safety is also a major issue. If you or a child gets into the middle of a dogfight there is no saying what could happen, because when the adrenalin is flowing in your dogs, they are not going to stop to analyse exactly what they're biting. Neither breed is a toy, they are both potentially extremely dangerous - you HAVE to take the necessary action.

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