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Resident Dogs Started Fighting?

We have 4 female dogs in the family. One 6 year Lab lives upstairs in my daughter's apartment and another 6 year old Lab lives with me. I also have 2, 16 month old female Boxer sisters. They all got along fine and played in the yard together, but twice now the Boxers have attacked my Lab and the vet had to give her antibiotics for puncture wounds as the Boxer held on with her teeth like a Pit Bull.

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We love all of them and now we have separated them putting the 2 Labs out together at one time and the Boxers out together by themselves. In the house we keep a watchful eye. Any suggestions?

By Vera

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The dogs are older now and sounds as if the boxers are becoming dominant over the lab. Some things you might try to help curtail the dominating trait would be to always feed the lab first, give your attention to the lab first when you come home and keep the boxers as secondary in the chain of command. The boxer should have be on a leash during the day when around the lab, so you can pull the boxer away from the lab.

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Also, there are dog exercises you can do with an aggressive behavior in dogs on the 'net and never shout or holler at the dog, but speak firmly and normally, so the dog knows you do not like what it has done and then separate the aggressive pet and keep it by itself when it acts up for a few hours or in a cage.

Oftentimes, the dog as it ages will outgrow such behavior or not act out as frequently. It's sort of like a child in the terrible 2 stage, where you have to be constantly on top of their behavior in order to modify it and teach what is right and what is not acceptable. A lot of your time is involved in doing this, but if you are "Consistent", you will see results eventually.

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