Post # 1
We have 2- 8 month old shar pei puppies- Lola and Mac. They get along great 98% of the time, the other 2 % they fight so bad it’s like they want to kill each other. I don’t know what to do. January 1st the fight was so bad, we had to take Lola to the vet because of 4 puncture wounds (Mac’s teeth) that were bleeding like crazy. We don’t know what caused that fight- but obviously it was bad. This monring- Lola took a bone outside (Mac usually takes them) and Mac got jealous and tried to take it from her- causing a ridiculous fight at 7:45 a.m. Yelling wasn’t breaking up the fight, so FI ran out and had to get in between them just to make it stop.
A little background- we got Lola when she was 7 weeks old and got Mac when he was 13 weeks old. They are brother and sister, same litter. Lola has a food agression- but it seems to be getting a little better. We feed them seperately to ensure there are no fights. Their breed used to be used for fighting because of the loose skin on their necks, however- we would NEVER encourage fighting, so where would they have learned that?
Has anyone else had this issue? What can we do? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!!
Post # 3
puppies fight. it’s natural.
have you brought in a trainer? that could really help. they can help you learn the difference between play-fighting (which includes nipping and growling) and real fighting.
Post # 4
Sometimes it is personality. 🙁 I had a black lab (Kona) and a German Spitz (Roxy). Roxy was a temperamental aggressor and always tried to instigate with Kona despite thee size difference. It took a long time, but they are fine now. It’s natural during their puppyhood, but there should be some classical conditioning techniques you can use to help with behavioral issues. I would contact a trainer – they are young and can be trained quite easily. 🙂
Post # 5
We haven’t brought in a trainer yet. They play fight a lot, but the 2 fights I mentioned in my post are real fights- teeth bared, growling, biting and blood. 🙁 It’s sad to see our little babies hurting each other. But 2 minutes after fighting they are licking and playing with each other again.
Post # 6
With our older dog we would send him outside away from his food until he calmed down whenever he showed any food aggression, even very slight forms of aggression like a grumble. We wouldn’t punish him for too long, just enough so he got the message that growl = no food. But we didn’t want to keep him away too long that he’d become insecure about getting his food.
Our 11 month old pup, who’s only about 30 lbs has just recently started showing a bit of food aggression. Our pit mix (who’s about 80 lbs) grumps back at her for a second and then walks away. We’ve been taking away whatever she’s fighting for She doesn’t fight over dinner, but if I empty a peanut butter jar I’ll let them lick it clean, they used to be great about taking turns but she’s become quite bossy lately. So now I’m a bit more conscious of making sure they both have something to lick and if she does start grumping it gets takien away and she gets sent outside to cool off for a few minutes.
Post # 7
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Time to call in a trainer! Have one come into your home so that they can see where they play, eat, etc. They will definitely be able to help you!
Post # 8
Make sure you and your SO stop stepping between them when they fight. You will unintentionally get hurt. The dogs won’t mean to bite you, but it will happen. I know this from experience. I got bit when our dog was fighting with our other dog even though she normally would NEVER ever hurt anyone. Read up online about different (safer) methods you can use to break up a fight. Plus, if you go to the ER because one of you gets bit and needs stitches, there will be a record of the dog biting (regardless of the reason) and if they ever bite someone else or attack someone else’s dog, you could have your pants sued off because you “knowingly kept an aggressive animal.” So be careful!
And, just to double check, but they’re both spayed and neutered right? Sometimes not being fixed leads to more aggression (not to mention you’d end up with inbred puppies!) Also, food agression can be turned towards food and treats, so for now, I would advise you to stop offering them bones and toys unless they are totally separated until you can get help from a trainer.
You may not have encouraged your dogs to fight, but being a fighting breed, they still have some of those characteristics embedded into their DNA. That doesn’t mean every shar pei will end up aggressive, or that there’s no hope for yours, but it’s just something everyone needs to be aware of when they raise a dog of those types of breeds. You need to take extra steps to prevent the behavior instead of passively sitting by and hoping that by not encouraging it that it won’t happen. Extra socialization and training are crucial. Now that the dogs are older, it’s going to become increasingly more difficult (and dangerous. a puppy bite is nothing compared to an adult) to get rid of these behaviors. I would definitely suggest talking to a trainer and researching the topic online.
one last note, I’ve heard stories before of puppies from the same litter that are sometimes aggressive to each other. I don’t know if it’s certain breeds, or how common it is, or even if it’s true, but it’s something to look into.
Post # 9
It sounds like the fight ensued over the bone which to dogs is considered food. You said Lola has some food aggression, so I would keep all bones up and have them separated if you are going to give them raw hides or bones to chew on. My two dogs used to have crazy fights over bones when I first got my second dog until I realized what was going on. Another thing my trainer recommended was to spend individual time with each dog and keep them separated for part of the day.. so let one out in the backyard to play while the other stays inside. Or take one on a long walk and then come back and take the other on a long walk.
Based on your profile it looks like you live close to me in NC. I’d suggest e-mailing Sue Mckinney, she owns dogfunforever.com and she can help you out and give you suggestions. She can come to your house and give you a consultation for around 60 dollars, I think. She also offers group classes in Durham at Sunny Acres.
Post # 10
@jubyju22: Wow- thank you for that information! I will def. be giving her a call.
During the day they stay in their crates, however, the crates are side by side. I wonder if we should move one into a seperate room?