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Old 08-22-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I posted the below a while back:

I have five small dogs - two older Yorkies, and three Doxies. The Doxies are all 3 years old and female. Two of them are sisters. One of the sisters and the third Doxie like to fight. When they start, the other Doxie always joins in. This happens about once a month or so. The fights are pretty brutal and extremely difficult to stop. The sisters never attack each other, but will gang up on the third Doxie (who is definitely wanting to be the Top Dog in the household). The third Doxie wants all the attention and is very jealous. I don't know what to do about the fighting. At some point I will hire a behaviorist, but right now I can't afford to do that. I don't want to have to rehome any of them, but I am afraid one of them is going to lose an eye or get an ear ripped off (the fights are that ficious). I have gotten bitten pretty good attempting to seperate them. Any of you Doxie owners had this problem and successfully resolved it?

Well . . . . . to update . . . . there has been no more fighting!! Abcd (pronounced Ab-sa-dee) has come out the leader and everyone else has fallen into place. It happened suddenly and for no reason. I guess the others just realized that Abcd was not going to back down, so they did. I am so happy that I do not have to give up any of my babies.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Terrific news!
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:40 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Some times it best to let them sort it out.
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:35 AM
 
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this is how the term pack leader is defined now make sure you are their pack leader not their mom!!!!
my wife cant figure out why the dogs dont listen to her or why they both want to sit on my lap while watching TV at night. its because I am the pack leader ,I dont treat them like children (they are dogs) I show them love and praise but I demand that they listen to me and especially come when I call them.

women tend to love the cuteness of their dogs and want to "mother " them which I feel breeds bad behavior, my wife encourages our dogs to bark when someone comes to the door its her burglar alarm (like a 8lb doxie is going to scare off a burglar) but it is a big embarrassment to me when someone visits
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