Our expert says:
Actually the best in the long run, and for the sake of the dogs, would be to re-home the younger male. There will probably always be tension between the two males and they could end up really injuring one another. If this is really not a possibility then I recommend an animal behaviourist come and consult you to give you a proper assessment and a program to follow. (See www.animal-behaviour.org.za) Some things which may be suggested to improve things:
1. Castrate the younger or less dominant dog. This is not always obvious and the younger one may already have taken over as top dog. You could also give the castrated one hormone therapy for a few weeks to speed up the process as neutering takes about 6 weeks to take effect.
2. Give the dominant entire dog all the privileges such as greeting him first, feeding him first, allowing him to sleep in the best spot etc.
3. When they stare or growl at each other, walk away. Don't shout or punish either dog. If necessary separate them calmly and give then both time out in separate rooms for 10 minutes.
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