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Old 05-16-2018, 09:30 AM
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Two months ago we took in two dogs needing homes. They are Heinz 57 and brothers. They are two years old. Neither are fixed. Their previous owner obviously did nothing with them.

One dog is very much an alpha and spends a lot of time controlling his brother through growls and dominant Behavior such as urinating on his head and "mounting" him so that genitals are in his face.

The other exhibits many behaviors known to be submissive. First of all he allows the above behaviors to happen to him. He urinates all over the house and our deck and occasionally defecates.

They are both sweet loving boys however everything is a competition to them. If one is getting petted by someone the other will start growling. I do not believe this growling to be aggressive in nature although at times it has been. They have also done this with my children between them. I should know that my children are 10 and up and have been around dogs all their lives. The only time I truly do worry about the aggressive nature is occasionally they will get up on a bed or couch and if told to get down and they don't and you took them by the collar to get them down their behavior gets slightly more aggressive but they have never attempted to bite.

Other than that they have been taught virtually nothing although they are slowly learning. We live on an acreage and would rather not tie them up however they are not listening so we will be implementing a fencing system. They also have no sense of boundaries, despite their short statures I found one on top of my kitchen table one night in the middle of the night and then he couldn't get down.

We are at a point where we would like to get rid of either one or both dogs however we're not willing to give up quite yet. The previous owner was quite adamant about having them go to a home together however I truly believe that they would be better off separately but I'm not willing to place a problem dog with someone else. I would love any advice that can be offered. I should also point out that we can have them fixed however it is not necessary in terms of breeding worries due to the fact that we have no other female dogs around us for a long distance. Thank you in advance.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:37 PM
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Hi RChapple,

I'm not sure if I'm going to be of much help, but your experiences remind me of my own efforts to deal with two similar dogs. Four years ago, I adopted two unrelated dogs from a shelter with the great hope that we'd be all one happy family. Unfortunately, the younger dog (Jesse), a Chihuahua Dachshund mix, was quite a jealous little dog, and I was his chief "resource" to guard. The older dog (Miles) tolerated Jesse's rude behavior, but I'm sure it created stress.

My solution was to rehome Jesse with a close friend. I see him on occasion, and he is MUCH happier being a little prince in her home as her one and only dog. And, my friend is delighted to have him. She loves him dearly. Miles, my "heart" dog and the one in my avatar, and I were much relieved when we could bond together without Jesse becoming jealous and coming in between us.

I don't think it really matters what the previous owner thought. If you can find a good home for one of the dogs, then I'd suggest pursuing that option. I think you and the dogs might all be happier without the constant tension between them. And the "problem" dog might not be such a problem in another home with another family or even in your own home as a single dog. Whenever I see Jesse at my friend's house, he's been absolutely delightful.

Anyways, this is a solution worth considering. Good luck!
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I can help and you do not have to get rid of either. I sent you private message.
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