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post #1 of 3 Old 10-28-2007, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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HELP! Theo needs to change or else.....ohhh!

Alright, Theo is a 7 month old Golden Retriver / Rottweiler cross. He's a big boy at 65 - 70lbs. He's pretty close to full size but he's got a ways to go. Anyways, when he was younger food was a big deal for him. He used to growl and bite at whatever tried to take it from him. I fixed it. Well I thought I did. Now months later it's back. He was tied up for crossing the street and trying to play fight with some lady's poodles. I gave him some food and Kerra came to share it. He attacked her! They fought for a minute then I yelled and pulled Kerra away. Theo lowered himself and placed his tail between his legs and went back to eating. Kerra walked past him and he attacked her again! Sometimes he will try to play fight with her and she will get mad and it turns into a fight. How do I fix this? Sorry to write so much but I don't want to lose my babies!!! HEEELLLPPP!

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-28-2007, 04:26 PM
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I suggest you feed them separately until you can get this behavior under control. Does it only happen when feeding? Has there ever been any blood or damage, or just a lot of fuss? Some dogs do get food aggressive, and you can choose to manage it, or train it. Managing it might involve feeding them in separate rooms, or in crates or something. One of my little Italian greyhounds will growl and bark at my greyhound during feeding. I live in my RV, so it's not practical to completely separate them, but I stand ready with a squirt bottle, and if telling little Merlin to stop doesn't work, I spritz him with a little water. If I stand or sit between their bowls so they can't get within a few feet of each other, usually they're fine.

Good luck! And if blood is being drawn, or the aggression spreads to other areas beyond just food, I'd suggest you find a really good animal behaviorist (not just a trainer) to help you.

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post #3 of 3 Old 10-28-2007, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Its normally with food or during play. Theo gets over-excited and Kerra gets upset. That's when the fighting starts. They just fought before I got on so Theo is tied up whining while Kerra is running around. In a little bit, I am going to take them to the park with my fam and see how they do. Theo is sweet and smart. So...idk anymore!

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