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PostSubject: No Biting!   Tue 07 Jul 2009, 7:43 pm

Well everything was fine with both dogs until this morning! They were playing nicely and then out came the growls and aggression. My husband went to pull them appart and Ty, went to bite him. Thank fully my hubby wasn't hurt. Then about half a hour ago hubby was playing with Ty and his ball. He grabbed the ball and told Ty to drop it. (this is something tha Ty is has been used to for his entire life). Ty lock jawed on the ball and when he eventually let go, he bit my hubby. This time however he drew blood. It is only a little bit but none the less it has scared the hell out of me! He has never been like this before, and its not like Bruno was in the room threatening him! I cant under stand why he became so aggressive so quickly. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Please and thank you.
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PostSubject: Re: No Biting!   Tue 07 Jul 2009, 9:12 pm

Thats not good news.

Only advice I can give and for what its worth is this:

Make sure they both know who is the boss (you)

Don't change anything of Ty's around, don't even move his food bowl from where it was before Bruno came. Feed Ty first, pet Ty first, talk to Ty first - it's not cruel its making sure Ty knows that nothing has changed and he is still number 1.

Good idea to have Bruno neutered so they are both level.

Do time out training with just Ty, if it means going back to basics, so be it at least he will be getting one to one attention from you. Then share some time with Bruno, but makes sure you do Ty first.

Just keep calm and don't let them stay together when you are not there for the time being at least.
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PostSubject: Re: No Biting!   Tue 07 Jul 2009, 9:20 pm

Feed Ty first, pet Ty first, talk to Ty first -
I read similar coment from mad max on another post and was already implementing this! I haven't changed anything except let him sleep in bedroom last night to stop the two of them playing all night and keeping us awake! (that should read anything except bruno sleeping here)
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PostSubject: Re: No Biting!   Tue 07 Jul 2009, 9:37 pm

its no good me comenting as ive only ever had one dog and i only know people with two bitches but i supose its the same rules packing order regime
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PostSubject: Re: No Biting!   Wed 08 Jul 2009, 1:29 pm

Well the good news is that after some reminding about who's alpha and who's not the dogs have returned to their previously playful selves! bounce They spent most of this morning cuddled up to one another on our setteee group hug and yes i have taken plenty pics cheerleader just waiting for photobucket to upload the on hubbies comp then will post them (theres roughly 14!) So now its keeping them in order and reminding the kids to do Ty 1st and Bruno second!
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PostSubject: Re: No Biting!   Wed 08 Jul 2009, 1:32 pm

good news Mandy you sound confident eno0ugh so I am sure you will work it out between them :D
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PostSubject: Re: No Biting!   Sat 11 Jul 2009, 7:23 pm

Glad things are settled down, hope things stay this way. Would def have Bruno neutered as Admin suggests
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PostSubject: Re: No Biting!   Mon 13 Jul 2009, 2:10 pm

I am not into the dominance theory and I don't think this has anything to do with that. I have been away and still catching up so I assume you have a new dog.

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Well everything was fine with both dogs until this morning! They were playing nicely and then out came the growls and aggression. My husband went to pull them appart and Ty, went to bite him. Thank fully my hubby wasn't hurt.

This often happens when you introduce a new dog to your home, I don't allow any toys for a short while then introduce them slowly only under supervision. Howevery you get fighting dogs apart the chances of you being bitten is high, my hands are covered in scars because of this and is how I learnt how to watch my dogs to stop this happening.

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Then about half a hour ago hubby was playing with Ty and his ball. He grabbed the ball and told Ty to drop it. (this is something tha Ty is has been used to for his entire life). Ty lock jawed on the ball and when he eventually let go, he bit my hubby. This time however he drew blood. It is only a little bit but none the less it has scared the hell out of me! He has never been like this before, and its not like Bruno was in the room threatening him! I cant under stand why he became so aggressive so quickly.

Ty wasn't being aggressive, he will still be on a high from the fight with Bruno, highs like this do cause dogs to act out of character, he is just being a dog, that doesn't mean we have to accept it. I find it safer to do a swop, when I first got Merlin he used to threaten to take my face of, being a Greyhound that was easy to do. I would do a swop, preferably in another room so he would leave what he had there. He would come racing out for the swop and had forgotten what he had, I was able to go back into the room and pick it up. Now Merlin will give things up on command. As Ty has been doing this I would do some more training on this with him.

These are some articles on Dominance worth reading.

http://www.deaf-dogs-help.co.uk/help/packleader.htm

http://www.avsabonline.org/avsabonline/images/stories/Position_Statements/dominance%20statement.pdf

http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2009/6361.html

Reading our dogs body language is very imporant especially if we have 2 or more dogs, these articles are very good for this.

http://www.wagntrain.com/BodyLanguage.htm

http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/diagrams.html

Better go and get some food now or I won't be eating this evening, my dogs will of course. :roll:
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PostSubject: Re: No Biting!   Mon 13 Jul 2009, 2:22 pm

Thank you mattie, will look at those links tonight when kids in bed and can do so in peace! thanks
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