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What type of basic obedience do you do with the dogs and how often?
They both have just basic training. sit, stay, come.... but if they got loose, I wouldn't be able to call them back.
So you do not train daily in obedience?
thank you. Please give me a moment to type up your answer. One more thing , does the male seem to be more possessive over items lately?
But labs love their balls but only go into that crazy haze when it's time to fetch. The male is very mellow and has not been possessive. The older female is a major food hound and a piece of popcorn is what start all this a week ago. She tried to take his piece of popcorn that I threw to him.
I mean both labs love their balls....
thank you for that extra information.
It is not uncommon for dogs to go through changes between 12 and 36 months where they start to challenge other dogs. The fact that your Chloe is 8, she is slowing down and the young one is picking up on this even if you are not.
Multi dog run homes sometimes get along fine if the dogs are submissive or passive but when you have a personality that is stronger than others it is time to step in because you want peace in your home. I run a multiple dog home, 6 at one time is not unusual, if I did not train them daily there would be chaos because I would not seem a consistent lead in the home.
It will be easier to take control of two, than six so all is not lost. What you may have to do is put them on the NILIF training to establish yourself as well as daily training in obedience so that the dogs see you as consistent
This will mean you will be controlling their toys, food, bones, etc. for a while. Have you ever heard of NILIF training? And can you train the dogs in shot sessions throughout the day
It is not the younger dog causing the problem, its the older dog taking food and being aggressive with the younger one.
No what is NILIF?
yes I understand, but you are running a multiple dog home so neither should be allowed to do that
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This is what I would do so that you put them on the same playing field
I can direct you to links that will take you step by step in basic obedience and the NILIF training which will take you step by step
So work with them daily in obedience. Control what they're doing more? And yes, a link to the information would be helpful.
Yes, the links will explain how and why the NILIF training works and the clicker training will take you step by step. You will need to get them under better voice command and one command that can stop a fight before it starts is the command Leave it which you will give if you see one dog going after what the other dog has.
hold on while I get you those links
Clicker training/positive method training
video’s to see how clicker training is done, scroll down to videos http://www.clickertrainusa.com/clicker-training-videos.htm
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So, you don't think that Buck is pushing back after accepting Chloe taking his stuff for 3 1/2 years. That he's growing up and defending himself? I thought maybe the dogs were establishing who's in charge.
Dogs will establish themselves in a pack in the wild, they are not in the wild they are in your home so unless you want to break up some serious fights which will get worse over time especially given Chloe's age, I strongly suggest you take the lead for them to follow
Okay, thank you
you are most welcome
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