Our expert says:
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).
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