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Old 12-06-2018, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Fights between dogs in a household

Hello,

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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Old 12-07-2018, 11:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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You are very lucky you didn't get injured. I had my finger broken into 8 pieces breaking up a fight in my household. It is permanently disfigured. The only advice that I can give is to get a breakstick (or a few) and learn how to use them. You may want to keep them separated from now on too. I have to keep one of my 3 separated. I'm pretty sure she would kill my other dog if I didn't.
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You are very lucky you didn't get injured. I had my finger broken into 8 pieces breaking up a fight in my household. It is permanently disfigured. The only advice that I can give is to get a breakstick (or a few) and learn how to use them. You may want to keep them separated from now on too. I have to keep one of my 3 separated. I'm pretty sure she would kill my other dog if I didn't.






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I understand the stress, emotion and confusion of having your dogs get into a fight. I have three bullies, one male and two females. I was bitten trying to break up a fight and needed stitches on my hand. This was before I knew how to break up a fight. We have break sticks in the house and yard. Try to stay calm, read this forum, learn how to break them up. Crate and rotate. I have to crate and rotate mine. It is like running a prison but worth it. At this point they are not allowed to see each other. A couple of months ago we had one in the house and someone forgot and let one out of the kennel in the backyard. I thought that they were going to break the sliding glass door. We were able to easily remove them and no one got hurt because there was the sliding glass door between them. I put the male in my bedroom and he went straight to the back door of our master bathroom and proceeded to rip the door apart. Got him away from the back door and shut the inner bathroom door. He finally gave up. My point in all of this is sometimes you just cannot get them to get along and you have to take measure to make sure that they don't hurt each other or you/someone in your family. They are great dogs, smart, funny, lovable and have brought me more joy than I could ever have imagined.
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