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Old 04-10-2010, 05:36 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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I guess this could be addressed in any breed but the ones of us who worship the long and low might understand their tendencies more.
I have three
6 years female
4 years male
16 years male
All are spayed/neutered, none ever procreated.
All have been together in the same home for their lives. Obviously the older one was here for many years before the others. I had to put his mate to sleep that is why the younger ones were added as pups. I thought the older one would grieve himself to death, lost all of his hair ect. He slowly recovered with a new puppy to worry about six years ago. The other male was added so that the two younger could grow up together and give the oldster a break.
Now for a few times I have caught the female digging the back of the oldtimer, like they would in the yard. It is quite an aggressive dominate move. The do stay in a large wire kennel during the day, I come home after 4 hours and let them out then the hubs is home three after that. Do you think I should seperate the older one. Do they sense his condition becoming more decrepid? He gets around ok but does have the dasie back issues.
anyone else seen this type of behavior? I see the old one snap and fuss once awhile and he has his own bed in the house, a low one I built for him. He is good at keeping the other two off of it.
TIA!
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:36 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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well I will give it another shot, any suggestions?
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:58 PM
 
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Is the younger female actually nipping or biting at him or just displaying some dominant antics? I wouldn't separate the older guy unless he starts to actually get picked on. At his age he probably doesn't give a rats patootie what the younger female is doing. Separating him though, may make him depressed and you wouldn't want to do that. Hope that helps.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:28 AM
 
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Thanks for the advice, this was my gut feeling. I just was surprised at my normally maternal gal looking all postering!
I have not seen it again, I just was a little worried about the old fellow.
I wonder if they can sense an impending death in the pack?
The old one was slower and more in my lap yesterday.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:29 AM
 
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LOL, I just looked at your profile pic
Whats up Buck??
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:37 AM
 
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Are you talking about separating them during the day when you are at work? I would. You can get a smaller wire cage & put it in the same room as the other two. He shouldn't get depressed, but will probably get some rest during the day.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:40 AM
 
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LOL, I just looked at your profile pic
Whats up Buck??
LOL, Colonel Wilma Deering and raa1371 has a good idea if you aren't around to watch them interact.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:41 AM
 
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Yes, during the time I am not home to monitor.
I was thinking if I kept them within eyesight of each other that might help.
thanks!
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:42 AM
 
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LOL, Colonel Wilma Deering and raa1371 has a good idea if you aren't around to watch them interact.
What was that little robot's name? Beeda Beeda!
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