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        01-12-2012, 01:01 PM
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    I don't think using a crop will help... if the dog wants to attack the other no amount of hitting you give to the dog will stop him from attacking. And ontop of that you will be in a bent position which will give the energy of joining the fight. Adding the hitting will just make it worse... I do agree however that the op needs to be alpha whatever female or male as that will help alot.
    Now I am no expert at all but I have retrained fighting pits and other dogs and the one thing I learned is you never want to bend towards them when they are showing any signs of bad behavior. Just you bending into them shows you are encouraging the behavior. The easiest way I have found to calm them in a group of other dogs is to muzzle them (make sure they are sturdy muzzles that wont break) and let the dogs on leash. One dog starts walking the other dog walks behind so they have to smell the butt. Then switch until they both have done there smelling. Then let them loose and see how they do... I would still keep leashes on when loose so you can grab at them easily.

    Edit: so you are not bending towards them you want to bend straight down ..does that make sense... instead of hunching over do more of a squat and keep your back straight..
         
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        01-12-2012, 02:20 PM
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    Originally Posted by OuttatheBlue    
    I don't quite agree with that :\ I'm not 'all natural' with dog training but I think with proper training and exercise for all dogs you shouldn't have to put your dogs in a situation where you would have to use a crop or switch to physically get them off of each other.

    I said when any of them showed aggressive behaviour. That's as soon as one growls or get their hackles up. Not when there is a full fledged fight. And of course you're not "all natural with dog training". That would require letting them kill each other or having one run the other off.

    Kait, I've seen dogs beat each other up, pretty good, with muzzles on. What exactly are they learning by wearing a muzzle? Are you going to keep them muzzled for the rest of their lives? Are you going to have to worry about them all the time? Why not just fix the issue now?
         
        01-12-2012, 02:44 PM
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    I guess I'm curious, redape--how have your 2 dogs reacted to other dogs, in the past? I know that my 2 dogs, who are devoted to each other, react differently to new dogs. "Rose" is friendly, but she's the alpha and she'll growl against an aggressive dog, but she won't start a fight bc she'd rather play with another dog. "Pyg" bristles with ANY new dog or new person. She's the beta--maybe even the omega bc she will back off while growling.
    I have considered this since I intend to get another puppy in about 2 years, mostly bc mine are pretty much the same age, and I don't want to introduce another puppy to an aged dog. I waited too long with my GS/Collie cross, "Xena," and she passed away when Pyg was 3mo, and Rose was 9mo. Xena loved to play and would have really enjoyed a younger dog when she herself still could run and play with it.
    USUALLY dogs, like horses, are nervous that their place in the "pack" and this includes YOU, will be diminished and that a new leader will make their lives miserable. Horses, when introducing a new one, imho, aren't concerned about you, but more concerned about pecking order and their food. I believe that they are more like cats, in this respect.
    My DD says that "Pygma" doesn't exist when I'm out of the house. She springs back to life when I come home.
         
        01-12-2012, 03:26 PM
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    Kait, I've seen dogs beat each other up, pretty good, with muzzles on. What exactly are they learning by wearing a muzzle? Are you going to keep them muzzled for the rest of their lives? Are you going to have to worry about them all the time? Why not just fix the issue now?[/QUOTE]

    No it takes a few minutes for them to realize that the dog is just uncomfortable with the other. And when they relax enough then you take the muzzles off. You don't keep them on there how life just for there start of interaction if they have already showed aggression towards eachother. And yes they can still cause damage but not to the full extent with the muzzle off. It would be fixing the issue now. The most it would take is probably a half hour for the op dogs to realize they are not allowed to fight or show aggression towards eachother and that oh look heres a new buddy.
         

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