08-04-2018, 07:00 PM
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I'm not an expert, but I can give some suggestions.
First off, if the problem is getting dangerous, I always suggest a qualified dog behaviorist/trainer. They are expensive, but it can really help for them to see your individual situation.
I have a lot of experience in the area of aggressive female dogs. Male dogs argue a lot, but female dogs get into real fights. In fact, we're struggling with that right now between our new dog and one of our older dogs. It isn't something to be stressed about, but it does take a lot of caution and work. Generally, with time and training, they get past it. It may take years, but they get past the tension. For example, our two older females use to argue a lot when they were younger. Real fights that you had to break up. The Maltese mix, Kitty, always started the fights. Esther, the Cocker Spaniel mix, was gentle and never wanted to argue but did defend herself. Esther was the dominate female of the group. Both were spayed, but Esther has a condition where she goes into heat despite being fixed, which always made things worse. Hormones always do.
Anyways, we got a third female and it got even worse. We had to stay with them when they were outside. Allowing them their own separate places to eat, potty, and rest helped. We walked them together to help them bond and to get extra energy out. A job can help a lot too. Agility, jogging, playing at the park for an hour, it helps work out the extra aggressive energy.
Our new dog is a lab mix, and she has been showing some dominance behavior towards Kitty, the Maltese mix. They don't mean any harm, but last fight did lead to blood because Coral (the lab mix) didn't realize she was HUGE in comparison. We now keep them separate when we aren't around and watch for behavior that shows they are getting worked up. Leaning over one another, staring at one another, following one another with ears up.
It sounds stressful, but really its just like teenagers. They fight over who is the "popular one" in the pack. Exercise, vigilance, and keeping them in check as well as training them not to get worked up all help. Over time, they should settle down.
Once again, I'm not an expert, but this is my own experience.
I hope it helps! Best of luck!