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I have 2 2 year old Australian shepherds. about once a month

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I have 2 2 year old Australian shepherds. about once a month they get into an awful fight. they both want to be the alpha dog. It's to the point that I actually find myself thinking about finding a good home for one of them.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I am Dr. RB and I am a small animal veterinarian. So sorry to hear that Darby and Carla have been fighting. With aggression in dogs, their is usually a trigger or association with some stimulus. The trick sometime is establishing a pattern to what is going on in their surroundings to start the scuffle. Examples include food aggression around meal times, possessive aggression involving toys, objects or their owners attention, separation anxiety, fear aggression from one or both dogs, territorial aggression to a certain location or space or redirected aggression to a separate stimulus. Aggression in same sex animals can also be exacerbated by hormonal influence so if one or both of your girls are not spayed, this could be a factor. Can you give me more information or detail of these fights so I can have an idea of which aggression stimulus may be the cause?

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