DD 03: Dogs fighting in the same house
My free Doggy Dan Podcast Show No.3 is available now. This blog will give you an overview of what is included in the podcast: Dogs fighting in the same house. If you are not needing help with this topic then don’t worry, the topic you want is coming soon… Alternatively you can go straight to my video website to watch all my videos at theonlinedogtrainer.com
Dogs fighting in the same house
One of the strangest things about this topic from our human point of view is that it often seems to be for absolutely no reason at all. Your dogs may have lived together for many years, happy and content. Then over a period that could be days or months, the aggression has begun. Very often it seems to be started by one dog more than the other. It can be extremely confusing why it is happening which is why stopping it can be virtually impossible unless you really understand what is going on.
One thing is for sure. All the training in the world is not going to stop your dogs fighting. No amount of puppy training, dog obedience or advanced dog obedience is going to prepare you for what you need in this situation…very likely your dogs attended and passed all these classes. What is required is a certain amount of dog psychology. And that is where I can help.
The real cause of the problem
Dogs are pack animals, with leaders and followers. Fighting between dogs is almost always very closely if not completely linked to a fight to become the pack leader. In my experience the overwhelming factor in stopping dogs from attacking each other is implementing a clear leadership program. This is where both dogs are shown that they are the followers and that you as the human shall decide who does what, where and when. This may sound tough but in fact it is a very gentle approach to calming dogs down.
Once your dogs know that they are not in charge many will simply calm down and live harmoniously with the other dogs in the house. Inside my video website I show you a comprehensive program to becoming the pack leader, just like I would show you during a consultation. This is the key to your solution.
Managing your dogs and their needs
As well as becoming the pack leader to your dogs it is important that you cover off a number of other important aspects when bringing them back together.
- Managing the environment is key especially in the early stages this could mean keeping your dogs apart when you are not around and using a crate or a baby gate to manage the introductions.
- Monitoring your dogs’ energy is crucial to succeeding. Sometimes they will be more relaxed and ready to be together than others. It is up to you to use common sense and pick suitable times to put your dogs together.
- Exercise will tire your dogs out and generally calm them down. If you have high energy dogs especially you will need to put in place a structured exercise plan so that your dogs energy does not build up leading to frustration and then aggression. Built up energy has to go somewhere.
- Understanding how everyone’s actions that live in the house have a huge impact on how the dogs will behave.
Inside the podcast
I have included lots of tips and helpful advice inside the podcast about helping dogs fighting in the same house. Here are a just a few of the topics I have covered off
- Understanding why it happens from your dogs’ point of view!
- The importance of staying calm yourself
- Keeping control of your environment
- Removing all the triggers and learning to recognise what they are
- The use of muzzles
- Why your dog being the pack leader can cause fights
If you are stuck in a situation where your dogs are fighting then rest assured that this method works. So enjoy the podcast, and congratulations on finding the answer to your problem. And remember, for those of you after immediate help with your dog training, check out my video website theonlinedogtrainer.com
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