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Old 09-14-2011, 07:14 PM
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Reintroducing Dogs After a Fight

So today we had a pretty bad fight, well bad to me. Quite a few puncture wounds on one dog, the other seems pretty fine. Nothing really vet worthy, and they are taken care of. But anyways we debating whether to post it on Behavior or Training, but considering I know what set them off the thing is reintroducing them.

They are two sisters, been best of friends since birth. We have done training them separately, but not to the extent they should have been. Today one of my other dogs had a bone and both of them wanted it. They had a stand off and then they began to fight. The smaller one got quite a few puncture wounds and the larger seems to have a small one on her head.

This was the first time they have ever fought, and it was startling. Although I have seen them stand off for other things I have usually stopped that though and today I was preoccupied. So anyways I'm off topic now. I would like to reintroduce them, but need to know how to go about this. They are separated now and they can stay that way for however long needed. If anyone has advice or anything that would be greatly appreciated.

And getting rid of one isn't really wanted as I will be leaving in two years and taking my dog with my anyway.
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:20 PM
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So today we had a pretty bad fight, well bad to me. Quite a few puncture wounds on one dog, the other seems pretty fine. Nothing really vet worthy, and they are taken care of. But anyways we debating whether to post it on Behavior or Training, but considering I know what set them off the thing is reintroducing them.
You must be careful with punctures as they can get severely infected...

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They are two sisters, been best of friends since birth. We have done training them separately, but not to the extent they should have been. Today one of my other dogs had a bone and both of them wanted it. They had a stand off and then they began to fight. The smaller one got quite a few puncture wounds and the larger seems to have a small one on her head.
This is very important when it comes to having siblings. Start giving them separate training times AND give them some time alone
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This was the first time they have ever fought, and it was startling. Although I have seen them stand off for other things I have usually stopped that though and today I was preoccupied. So anyways I'm off topic now. I would like to reintroduce them, but need to know how to go about this. They are separated now and they can stay that way for however long needed. If anyone has advice or anything that would be greatly appreciated.
It sounds like they fight often? When is this happening? Is it always over a bone or high valued item? Introducing them is easy, just let them out in the same area but make sure there are no high valued items around, you may need to work on resource guarding issues and not give ANY dog high valued items around another.
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are you crate training? If so, you might be able to put the dogs in a common room that you're in (living room, etc) inside their kennels but a good distance apart just so they can "see" each other in a calm setting after a fight like you just had. Also, both dogs will be safe. Then you can work up to what pawzaddict suggested in letting both dogs loose in an environment that doesn't have any high valued items such as toys or dog food (or blankets, etc).

I agree with pawzaddict- the dogs seem to be RGing

There is a great thread on RGing here: http://www.dogforum.com/dog-behavior...fication-7511/
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Theres really nothing really magic about a reintro Just put them back together without items around . If the dogs werent housemates id recommend scent swaping or barriers first, which you can still do, but its overkill for siblings imho This case should be an easy fix since you know whats setting them off check out the rg sticky.
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It's amazing how fast they'll likely get over it. With mine, after a scuffle, I put one outside, the other in my room, both without me...then after about 10 mins, I go outside, throw a leash on that one and go away from the door (doors can be powerful). Then my roommate puts the other dog outside and they reintroduce just fine. Mine have been in some messy scuffles, rg'ing either me or the couch or a toy, or all three.

Now I have a hammock, so they can't rg me OR it!

I know when mine fight tho, I'm usually amped up waaay longer than they are.
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You must be careful with punctures as they can get severely infected...
I had a vet tech friend come over and look at them just to be one safe side. She just told me to keep it clean and use an anti-bacterial something on it. Said it should be fine.

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It sounds like they fight often? When is this happening? Is it always over a bone or high valued item? Introducing them is easy, just let them out in the same area but make sure there are no high valued items around, you may need to work on resource guarding issues and not give ANY dog high valued items around another.
They actually don't fight often. This is the only time the two have fought each other, but by far the worst. They attacked my brother's dachshund, well I should say he attacked the smaller one then the larger one attacked him, when they first moved in. Then the smaller one and him have had scuffles cause the smaller is more territorial. But the larger one was in first fight and this one.

They had the bone outside cause one slipped past me with it earlier I guess. They only get bones in separate cages at bed time, no other time.

And yes that is what I was thinking. I wasn't sure though, I really don't want to have to deal with that again. My mom could barely get a handle on my dog when she started at it. I'll probably just do one in the cage, one out at a time for a couple days.
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