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For Lefler ONLY!!! My 2 1/2 yr old uncut dog is suddenly

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For Jane Lefler ONLY!!! My 2 1/2 yr old uncut dog is suddenly aggressive towards my 2 yr old uncut dog. He has never shown this amount of aggression before and does not seem to be physically hurt. Any ideas?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

It seems like you have two accounts. Here are the questions I asked on the first account with same question. Once you answer on either one, I'll answer on that question. It is pretty late, so I'll probably answer in the morning.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.

Are both dogs Basset hounds?

Has either dog had obedience training?

Can you describe what was going on when the aggression started?

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Not sure you were notified that I needed this addition information in order to answer your question. If you could supply it, that would be helpful.

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.

Are both dogs Basset hounds?

Has either dog had obedience training?

Can you describe what was going on when the aggression started?

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi Jacustomer,

I was hoping for some additional information before answering but don't want you to go without an answer either. Usually this kind of behavior is due to dominance aggression. If you spay the younger dog, you should resolve the issue pretty quickly since the younger dog will not be intact and thus not a good choice to be the top dog. This will keep the present top dog in the alpha position.

The other method is obedience training each dog so you can control their behavior and stop fights before they start using commands and behavior modification. You will also need to learn body language in order to give commands before the fight starts. Here are some sites on that.

http://www.apdt.com/petowners/park/body-language/

http://www.pawsacrossamerica.com/interpret.html

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/canine-body-language

The following site is helpful in helping owners train their dog. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.

http://www.schutzhund-training.com/training_theory.html

Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.

http://www.pets.ca/articles/article-dog_nilf.htm

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/training_nothing_in_life_is_free.html

Additional training can also help. Both dogs should be leashed and if one dog even looks at the other dog, a correction should be done. Any sign of aggression including a prolonged look, hair raised on the shoulders, a growl or even a stiff legged walk, should be corrected. A correction is a quick tug of the leash and a firm low toned "NO". Once you have done this couple of times, you should notice the dogs ignoring each other. When that happens, you will want to reward them for the desired behavior. Again, use tasty treats like the hot dog slices. This teaches the dogs that you WILL not tolerate fighting in YOUR pack.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer so I am compensated for my time.

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Since there have been recalls on certain foods, please check the following site to be sure the food your animals eat is not affected. If it is affected, contact your vet as soon as possible. Have your dog seen if they have any symptoms.

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/

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