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Old 07-30-2018, 05:16 AM
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Issues between two females

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I last entered here

We've started noticing an aggressive behavior from Gaya (1 year old) towards Hera (9 months old), both German Shepherds.
The situation has been aggravated, to the point that the other day we had to run to the vet because Hera had the face full of blood (luckily she only had two wounds that didn't turn out to be serious).
We have not discovered yet why Gaya attacks her, since there is no such behavior from Hera that can trigger such an aggressive reaction from Gaya.
When we have the dogs downstairs, with us, this behavior stops completely and they get along. I'm worried, because we're leaving the house next week for 14 days.

I really need help on knowing the cause of the problem and how to solve it.

Thank you!
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:23 AM
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Keep them separated when you're not with them. Unfortunately, I believe it's pretty common for females not to get along very well.
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Yeah definately keep separated when you're not around. Two females can pretty quickly escalate into trying to literally kill each other. Just my personal experience with this, but it seems to me that its the dog you'll think is the victim thats actually starting the fights- the stronger dog finishes it and gets blamed. Like, just a low growl from the weaker dog you might not even hear, sets off the other dog into a fight. You didnt hear that low short growl that started it, but you saw the other dog launch into the dog that growled so she gets blamed for it. I can say this from experience too- literally years can go by with little or no trouble between females and then * seemingly * out of the blue one is trying to kill the other. You break up the fight, keep them separated, reintroduce them, weeks, months, years whatever can go by........and then one day for whatever reason they're trying to kill each other again. Dont let your guard down! A few years ago we had two females that got into a couple of minor skirmishes when the younger one hit about a year and half old. Ok, hormones kicking in, no huge deal, no blood etc. 3 years went by with no overt aggression. Then when the younger one was around 4 to 4.5 years old I heard squealing in the back yard, ran back there, the younger dog had the older one on her back and was going after her belly. No idea what started that fight but it was serious. Ended up sending the younger dog back to her breeder. Crate and rotate wasnt for me- too much chance of me slipping up and somebody getting hurt worse. I dont know what you can do to " fix" it. .....other than keeping them separated when unsupervised and watching them like a hawk when they're together. I'd definately not let them have toys or treats or anything at all that could start a fight when they're around each other.
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