Iím writing on here hoping for advice and support.
Hereís some backstory so everyone can understand. I have a 3.5 year old Female staffy, 2 year old female Boxer mix, and we recently added a male Bully to the mix that is 6 months old. The females have been together since the youngest was a puppy. We havenít had any issues with them until the 3rd was added. Since then, they have gotten into very small fights but they listened to my command when I told them to stop.
That all changed yesterday. Iím not sure what started it, but they got into a very big fight while I was home alone. (Fighting never happens if my husband is here) My two girls went at it for almost 10 minute. I tried everything to get them to release each other. Sprayed with water, make distracting noises, even went outside to ring the doorbell to see if they would respond. Nothing! Against my better judgement I tried to pull them apart myself and my youngest male pup tried to protect me and ended up getting bit in the process. (He is okay. As soon as they left him alone I isolated him in my room). I finally managed to get both my girls near the patio door, and shoved one outside so they would all be separated. Luckily I walked away without getting severely hurt. There was blood everywhere and i was so sick to my stomach. Both of my girls are injured. The oldest female got the worst of it as she has puncture wounds on her face and pretty gnarly bite barks in her legs. The youngest female has puncture wounds on her chest as if the oldest female was going straight for the jugular. All dogs have been checked out by the vet and nothing severe to report THANK GOD. Iím not sure how to handle the situation as we have never had these issues in the past. At this time, Iím keeping both girls completely separated and out of reach. Iím a nervous wreck right now, especially since my husband works long hours and Iím home with them by myself.
The two girls have always been inseparable, and Iím saddened by the fact this fight may have changed the dynamic in the house. I donít think they intentionally hurt the puppy. He may have just gotten in the way. There was no toys or bones present that would cause this fight. Should I have all 3 separated for a few days until tensions cool down? What behavioral changes need to be made? How can I get my dogs to see me as more alpha? This was a concern my Vet brought to my attention - especially seeing as this never occurs when my Husband is around. I love all of my dogs as my kids, none of them are going anywhere. I just want to avoid any other occurrences like this.
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