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Old 07-04-2012, 07:38 AM
 
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We're still working with the behaviorist. I'm not under any illusion that things are magically "fixed". However, I'm very pleased with the progress.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:41 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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thanks for the update sound like hings are moving along nicely
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:24 AM
 
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Guess who are hanging out together, with no muzzles, being buddies and comforting their brother after his surgery?! I'll still separate them around food and at night, and I'm not going to leave them together unsupervised, but my dog family is back to normal right now.

Thanks for the happy update and congratulations on making progress!
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Old 04-09-2017, 07:49 PM
 
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Unhappy I know this is old but I need advice

My two babies, the loves of my life got into an argument today and it was quite possibly the worst thing I've ever seen! They were best friends up until now �� I don't know what triggered it exactly, but have an idea. They've always eaten together, separate bowls about 10 feet apart but in the same room nonetheless. Anyway today they both got treats in their own bowls and all was normal. Then I noticed a treat on the floor they both saw at the same time and we're headed for. I said "no" and picked it up at which point they both reached for it and it dropped but they continued to each other's faces! They were latched onto each other and I was trying everything I could to get them apart. They are a male Mastiff/Pitbull, 3 years old, 113lbs and a female American Pitbull Terrier, 7 years old, 80lbs. I thought he was going to kill her! I managed to get them apart once and she came at him for more which kept it going. She's sleeping peacefully now but I really thought she wasn't gonna make it �� I've had them both since each were puppies. Her 13 weeks, him 9 weeks. My issue is this, their dad (human) is punishing our male by making him stay outside in the cold (50°overnight) tied up with no blankets or anything. I can't stand to hear him crying. He's slept in bed with us since day one under the covers. He's so sad. Besides it wasn't just HIS fault. It was mutual combat. He just won. I can't say anything because the hubby gets angry at me. Says I'm making the dog a sissy. Is this punishment appropriate? And what could have caused this? The extra wayward treat? I will not choose between them, that I know. They are my babies. My everything.
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Old 04-10-2017, 09:44 AM
 
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My two babies, the loves of my life got into an argument today and it was quite possibly the worst thing I've ever seen! They were best friends up until now �� I don't know what triggered it exactly, but have an idea. They've always eaten together, separate bowls about 10 feet apart but in the same room nonetheless. Anyway today they both got treats in their own bowls and all was normal. Then I noticed a treat on the floor they both saw at the same time and we're headed for. I said "no" and picked it up at which point they both reached for it and it dropped but they continued to each other's faces! They were latched onto each other and I was trying everything I could to get them apart. They are a male Mastiff/Pitbull, 3 years old, 113lbs and a female American Pitbull Terrier, 7 years old, 80lbs. I thought he was going to kill her! I managed to get them apart once and she came at him for more which kept it going. She's sleeping peacefully now but I really thought she wasn't gonna make it �� I've had them both since each were puppies. Her 13 weeks, him 9 weeks. My issue is this, their dad (human) is punishing our male by making him stay outside in the cold (50°overnight) tied up with no blankets or anything. I can't stand to hear him crying. He's slept in bed with us since day one under the covers. He's so sad. Besides it wasn't just HIS fault. It was mutual combat. He just won. I can't say anything because the hubby gets angry at me. Says I'm making the dog a sissy. Is this punishment appropriate? And what could have caused this? The extra wayward treat? I will not choose between them, that I know. They are my babies. My everything.
The "punishment" is cruel and teaches the dog NOTHING. The dog has no idea of why he's outside. You can't make a dog a sissy. Your husband is wrong on every level. All tying a dog up does is lead to major behavior problems. Your husband may have made things worse. Neither dog was at fault, it was just their instinctual reactions.

Are they both fixed? If not get them fixed, it should help calm them down.

It sounds like it was a fight over the treat. I would feed them in separate rooms from now on and give them treats separately. I would also remove any high-value toys or anything else that they may want to fight over. You're going to have to watch them carefully to make sure they don't fight over something else.
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Old 04-10-2017, 11:36 AM
 
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The punishment is going to have no effect (except negative) because the dog will not equate outside with the fighting.

I would take them to a trainer, in part, so your husband will listen.

If it were happening with my dogs I would put them on leashes so they can be controlled (one to a person), and "practice" dropping treats and teaching the dogs to stay calm. When my puppy gets overly anything with another dog, quick yank on leash, "no" and walk out of sight (close by), turn around and walk right back to the other dog. This worked well for him.

Are they neutered?


My sis has two dogs of similar breeds and they get into fights that sound like one is going to die, and barely a mark on either. She just leaves them alone when it happens (rarely)
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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If you search my posts, i had a beagle who went after my lab/husky and they fought to kill. We had to rehome him. We tried crate and rotate, reintroducing, etc and NOTHING worked.

We took the beagle to a rescue and he is doing happy and healthy. i stay in contact with the owner.
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:24 PM
 
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Never feed 2 dogs in the same room. Never. Ever.


And yes, get the pets neutered. ALWAYS.


The poor dog outside. He has no clue. I'd get rid of the husband in a heartbeat, then learn how to live with 2 dogs.


Edit: I just realized this thread is 4 years old. Good Grief!
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Old 04-15-2017, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Never feed 2 dogs in the same room. Never. Ever.


And yes, get the pets neutered. ALWAYS.


The poor dog outside. He has no clue. I'd get rid of the husband in a heartbeat, then learn how to live with 2 dogs.


Edit: I just realized this thread is 4 years old. Good Grief!
I feed 2 dogs in a room next to each other every night......
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Old 04-15-2017, 10:28 AM
 
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I feed 2 dogs in a room next to each other every night......
I'll raise you one dog.... Our 3 feed within two feet of each other.

Obviously they don't fight though.
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