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I have a 1 year old Siberian Husky named Koda.
She is a very energetic, fun and attention-loving dog.
(She is also intact and I'm sure this adds to her attitude as you will read below.)

I recently moved out of my parents house (about 2 months ago) where she was the only dog living there for the first year of her life.
She was very much house trained, and only ever chewed things if I was away for long periods of time due to some separation anxiety.Her and I were very close, she has been babied I will admit, she used to sleep in bed with me (something she is no longer allowed to do.) and lay on the couch in our living room. (also something she is no longer allowed to do in the new house.)

My parents let her run free around our property of 8 wooded acres since she was a puppy, although I never agreed with it. She got used to being able to hunt and chase, and yes, sometimes kill small critters.I believe this may have instilled a wild-like mindset in her because she then slowly became more bull-headed and started to very much not listen to my commands.
(Not sure if it was because of the age or lack of discipline or both) If she ran off she would not come when called even though she knew once she got back there were going to be consequences.

She is a dominant personality type dog inside her house.
(Although I have taken her to dog parks a couple of times and she is very shy and often clings to me.)

I now live with my boyfriend in a new house with a small fenced in back yard in a city suburb. This is a very drastic adjustment for Koda.
Especially since now she is also no longer the only dog in the house.
My boyfriend's sister who lives with us also has 2 of her own dogs living with us in our 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home.
Both female.
Essie, an Austrailian Cattle Dog around the age of 11.
And Luna, a German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix just under Koda's age, also around the age of 1. Luna is also currently pregnant.

[For some perspective, Koda is the biggest, Luna and Essie and both medium sized dogs while Koda is on the borderline of being a large sized dog.]

Koda was in the new house about a week or so before the other 2 came to live with us, so it's safe to say Koda probably thinks this is her house and will act as such.

To put it bluntly, they just aren't getting along.
And my dog is in the center of it.
Koda did this before I moved when I had a friend of mine come over to my house (I would babysit her dogs for a few hours while she was in class every once in a while.)
Her dogs were also both female.
Shadow, a black lab/pit mix, around the age of 12.
And Roxy, a pitbull terrier, around the age of ~7 months or so.

When they would come over Roxy and Koda would play, but Koda liked to play a bit rough. often putting her mouth on the back of Roxy's neck and always needing to be dominant over Roxy. Roxy wouldn't fight, she would simply submit and they got along relatively fine. I didn't think much of it even thought it was very annoying to watch Koda act that way when she obviously didn't need to.
When it came to Shadow, she's an old girl, and a good dog but she has a bit of spunk and she wont put up with Koda's dominant behavior.
Shadow just lays down and chills out, she doesn't play or anything, she just minds her own.
Koda likes to make herself appear bigger and raise her tail, ears forward, the whole typical "I'm a big bad beeotch" stance and stands directly over her, totally unprovoked and Shadow doesn't put up with that so they have scuffled a bit, nothing serious. Just an occasional growl here, or a nip there, but for the most part,
Koda left her alone.

But now it's a whole new ballgame.
Koda is obsessed now with always being dominant over the other dogs, Essie and Luna.
Every time they walk into the room, Koda watches them like a hawk.
Every time she gets near them, or especially when they get near me, Koda gets up and gets in their faces with her dominant stance and this is causing fights.
I can't even pet the other dogs without Koda shoving her way to the front of me and intimidating the other dogs.

First it was some growling here and there and minor squabble but I feel that if anything, it's getting worse.
Essie and Luna typically go about their business and do anything they can to simply coexist with Koda, they really dont pay her any mind.

Koda will loom over, follow, intimidate, and even so much as try to force herself on top of the other dogs. She will pace back and forth outside of my boyfriend's sisters room where her dogs hang out when she's at work to where they don't even come out unless people are in the living room.
She wont go out and blatantly bite dogs outright.
But she will provoke fights like this.

Last week I took them all outside, I heard them fighting a few minutes later and I walk out to see Koda mounted on top of Essie from her side. Koda will often try to put her paw on top of Essie if they're in close quarters.

Just a couple days ago I saw it at it's worst yet and I still cannot believe this happened, (I got Koda a muzzle immediatley after this once I put her in her cage and made sure Luna was okay) But, I took them all outside with me as I went to go smoke a cigarette and Luna and Koda got out of my sight temporarily behind the garage, and a fight breaks out.
I run to break it up, Luna gets away from Koda and runs away and Koda chases her down and attacks her again, Luna then manages to get away from her again and Koda once more hunts her down and attacks.

No blood was spilled but you can imagine the chaos as I'm running around chasing these two dogs around my yard in my bath robe yelling for Koda to stop.
It was a very disturbing altercation to watch my dog chase down and attack little pregnant Luna. I upset me very much it was very eye-opening to me to see just how bad Koda's behavior actually is towards the other dogs.

Every time Koda is dominant in stance towards the other dogs I correct her but she frankly seems to have very selective hearing, her eyes are locked on them when she gets like that and she will not listen to me, I typically have to pull her away by her scruff.

She has also been pooping in the basement even though she knows not to and is repeatedly crated for this behavior.

Frankly, everyone is sick of her right now.
Me, my boyfriend, and my boyfriend's sister.
Koda is always needing to me reprimanded and punished and corrected and crated and separated from the other dogs because she just cannot stop being bad.

I feel like the harder we are on her in effort to correct her behavior she is going to just get more and more jealous of the other dogs and it will cause her to be more possessive and jealous and aggressive. Because like I said if anything it's just been getting worse. I have been keeping a muzzle on Koda any time she is in the same room as the other dogs. This stops her from biting but not the intimidation. Seeing as the other dogs are good enough long enough to receive praise and positive attention as where Koda has been so out of line, she has not been receiving the positive attention I so much want to give her I feel this is also making her very jealous, furthering the type of behavior I need to prevent.

Please.

Please.
Please.

Help.

I don't want to have to give her back to my parents.
I love her very much, she's my best friend and her and I have been so close her whole life until now and it breaks my heart.
I love her so much as I'm sure you other dog owners can relate to.
She truly is a good dog but for some reason this isn't doing over well and she's at the epicenter of it.

I'm trying my best to be a good dog mom and also be fair to the other dogs and try to keep the peace but it's also causing stress between the humans of the house, between my boyfriend and I, and also on his sister especially considering Luna is due to give birth within the next few weeks it's very nerve wracking for everyone involved.

If anyone has any advice for me, please help.

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Old 10-29-2017, 10:09 PM
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It sounds like Koda is feeling very insecure in her current situation...Have you taken her to obedience classes? is there a reason she is still intact? If you are constantly angry with her and punishing her all the time it will just make things harder, she needs more positive reinforcements, which brings you back to training... I have never used muzzles on my huskies, I do know that it can make things even more intense for the dog that is reactive! As far as running on your parents property and killing small critters, that is normal for the breed, most of them have a strong prey drive, I have an acre fenced in and the huskies favorite thing to do is hunt when they aren't running...if she was used to having free run most of the time to do as she pleases that tends to make them hard of hearing when called, it's only because they are having so much fun and are focused on what they are doing! What kind of consequences does she have when she does come back?
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I've read and reread your post.

Your dog has been uprooted, her environment has changed, the introduction of other dogs, other people and different rules has changed the whole dynamic of her life and you are expecting her to "fit in", but she's only a year old (the equivalent of a 9/10 year old child).

She cannot stop being bad because you are not showing her how to be good, as @Olympia says "which brings you back to training...". A muzzle, in this situation is akin to a sticking plaster, it covers up the problem for the moment, it isn't a cure.

Seriously, get a good trainer round who can explain to you the benefits of positive reinforcement, the possible detrimental effect of constant "correction" and how to train Koda from here on.
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Careful......females will fight to kill each other, worse than males. Old saying, " males fight to breed, bitches fight to breathe "
One female going after the other repeatedly after you've broken it up is not a good sign at all. Thats getting out of the realm of squabbling and getting into more of a serious " I'm gonna teach her a lesson she'll never forget behaviour "
Just my two cents, since your dog is shy and clingy in some other places, that doesnt say dominant dog to me, a really dominant dog shows supreme confidence. Its part of being that type of dog.
Its a good possibility your dog is just, for lack of a better term, being a punk, and needs you to show her what her place is.
That being said, this is coming from personal experience, some females just wont get along. Others may get along for years, then one day they try to literally kill each other. Others get along fine.
I know how I'd deal with this, been there done that.
You can work with your dog, get her to stop acting like a bossy punk, but just be aware there will always be that time a fight could happen when youre not looking. It only takes a second.
Me personally, I wouldnt let the female who is instigating all this be around the other dogs off leash at all. At least until she can act right
Just my two cents.
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I have a 1 year old Siberian Husky named Koda.
She is a very energetic, fun and attention-loving dog.
(She is also intact and I'm sure this adds to her attitude as you will read below.)

I recently moved out of my parents house (about 2 months ago) where she was the only dog living there for the first year of her life.
She was very much house trained, and only ever chewed things if I was away for long periods of time due to some separation anxiety.Her and I were very close, she has been babied I will admit, she used to sleep in bed with me (something she is no longer allowed to do.) and lay on the couch in our living room. (also something she is no longer allowed to do in the new house.)

My parents let her run free around our property of 8 wooded acres since she was a puppy, although I never agreed with it. She got used to being able to hunt and chase, and yes, sometimes kill small critters.I believe this may have instilled a wild-like mindset in her because she then slowly became more bull-headed and started to very much not listen to my commands.
(Not sure if it was because of the age or lack of discipline or both) If she ran off she would not come when called even though she knew once she got back there were going to be consequences.

She is a dominant personality type dog inside her house.
(Although I have taken her to dog parks a couple of times and she is very shy and often clings to me.)

I now live with my boyfriend in a new house with a small fenced in back yard in a city suburb. This is a very drastic adjustment for Koda.
Especially since now she is also no longer the only dog in the house.
My boyfriend's sister who lives with us also has 2 of her own dogs living with us in our 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home.
Both female.
Essie, an Austrailian Cattle Dog around the age of 11.
And Luna, a German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix just under Koda's age, also around the age of 1. Luna is also currently pregnant.

[For some perspective, Koda is the biggest, Luna and Essie and both medium sized dogs while Koda is on the borderline of being a large sized dog.]

Koda was in the new house about a week or so before the other 2 came to live with us, so it's safe to say Koda probably thinks this is her house and will act as such.

To put it bluntly, they just aren't getting along.
And my dog is in the center of it.
Koda did this before I moved when I had a friend of mine come over to my house (I would babysit her dogs for a few hours while she was in class every once in a while.)
Her dogs were also both female.
Shadow, a black lab/pit mix, around the age of 12.
And Roxy, a pitbull terrier, around the age of ~7 months or so.

When they would come over Roxy and Koda would play, but Koda liked to play a bit rough. often putting her mouth on the back of Roxy's neck and always needing to be dominant over Roxy. Roxy wouldn't fight, she would simply submit and they got along relatively fine. I didn't think much of it even thought it was very annoying to watch Koda act that way when she obviously didn't need to.
When it came to Shadow, she's an old girl, and a good dog but she has a bit of spunk and she wont put up with Koda's dominant behavior.
Shadow just lays down and chills out, she doesn't play or anything, she just minds her own.
Koda likes to make herself appear bigger and raise her tail, ears forward, the whole typical "I'm a big bad beeotch" stance and stands directly over her, totally unprovoked and Shadow doesn't put up with that so they have scuffled a bit, nothing serious. Just an occasional growl here, or a nip there, but for the most part,
Koda left her alone.

But now it's a whole new ballgame.
Koda is obsessed now with always being dominant over the other dogs, Essie and Luna.
Every time they walk into the room, Koda watches them like a hawk.
Every time she gets near them, or especially when they get near me, Koda gets up and gets in their faces with her dominant stance and this is causing fights.
I can't even pet the other dogs without Koda shoving her way to the front of me and intimidating the other dogs.

First it was some growling here and there and minor squabble but I feel that if anything, it's getting worse.
Essie and Luna typically go about their business and do anything they can to simply coexist with Koda, they really dont pay her any mind.

Koda will loom over, follow, intimidate, and even so much as try to force herself on top of the other dogs. She will pace back and forth outside of my boyfriend's sisters room where her dogs hang out when she's at work to where they don't even come out unless people are in the living room.
She wont go out and blatantly bite dogs outright.
But she will provoke fights like this.

Last week I took them all outside, I heard them fighting a few minutes later and I walk out to see Koda mounted on top of Essie from her side. Koda will often try to put her paw on top of Essie if they're in close quarters.

Just a couple days ago I saw it at it's worst yet and I still cannot believe this happened, (I got Koda a muzzle immediatley after this once I put her in her cage and made sure Luna was okay) But, I took them all outside with me as I went to go smoke a cigarette and Luna and Koda got out of my sight temporarily behind the garage, and a fight breaks out.
I run to break it up, Luna gets away from Koda and runs away and Koda chases her down and attacks her again, Luna then manages to get away from her again and Koda once more hunts her down and attacks.

No blood was spilled but you can imagine the chaos as I'm running around chasing these two dogs around my yard in my bath robe yelling for Koda to stop.
It was a very disturbing altercation to watch my dog chase down and attack little pregnant Luna. I upset me very much it was very eye-opening to me to see just how bad Koda's behavior actually is towards the other dogs.

Every time Koda is dominant in stance towards the other dogs I correct her but she frankly seems to have very selective hearing, her eyes are locked on them when she gets like that and she will not listen to me, I typically have to pull her away by her scruff.

She has also been pooping in the basement even though she knows not to and is repeatedly crated for this behavior.

Frankly, everyone is sick of her right now.
Me, my boyfriend, and my boyfriend's sister.
Koda is always needing to me reprimanded and punished and corrected and crated and separated from the other dogs because she just cannot stop being bad.

I feel like the harder we are on her in effort to correct her behavior she is going to just get more and more jealous of the other dogs and it will cause her to be more possessive and jealous and aggressive. Because like I said if anything it's just been getting worse. I have been keeping a muzzle on Koda any time she is in the same room as the other dogs. This stops her from biting but not the intimidation. Seeing as the other dogs are good enough long enough to receive praise and positive attention as where Koda has been so out of line, she has not been receiving the positive attention I so much want to give her I feel this is also making her very jealous, furthering the type of behavior I need to prevent.

Please.

Please.
Please.

Help.

I don't want to have to give her back to my parents.
I love her very much, she's my best friend and her and I have been so close her whole life until now and it breaks my heart.
I love her so much as I'm sure you other dog owners can relate to.
She truly is a good dog but for some reason this isn't doing over well and she's at the epicenter of it.

I'm trying my best to be a good dog mom and also be fair to the other dogs and try to keep the peace but it's also causing stress between the humans of the house, between my boyfriend and I, and also on his sister especially considering Luna is due to give birth within the next few weeks it's very nerve wracking for everyone involved.

If anyone has any advice for me, please help.
Okay so coming from a person who has seven huskies and all females get along. I'm think your first thing you should've done was make sure Koda was secure in her territory before introducing any other dogs into it. This also would've made her feel better as she was completely up rooted from her home and huskies are very attached to their homes. Huskies not coming to commands is a husky thing they have to have it reinforcement more times then most dogs ever would and if they are on the hunt well it gets much worse as no way listen worse. My huskies bring their kills to me then eat them. Koda's behavior isn't really bad for a husky it's actually quite normal. They will do it. in fact what she is doing is figuring out who is the most dominant.

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Okay so coming from a person who has seven huskies and all females get along. I'm think your first thing you should've done was make sure Koda was secure in her territory before introducing any other dogs into it. This also would've made her feel better as she was completely up rooted from her home and huskies are very attached to their homes. Huskies not coming to commands is a husky thing they have to have it reinforcement more times then most dogs ever would and if they are on the hunt well it gets much worse as no way listen worse. My huskies bring their kills to me then eat them. Koda's behavior isn't really bad for a husky it's actually quite normal. They will do it. in fact what she is doing is figuring out who is the most dominant.

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You can have them find Dominance or don't let her out with other dogs just let it be her. Huskies behavior like that is normal it's something they do since they have a Hiearchy. A good thing to do is make her tired before she plays with other dogs. Run with her everything. HUSKIES watch everything anyway it's what they do my huskies in my house watch everything I do. :-):-):-) The muzzle she will probably find away out of huskies are great at getting out of things.

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Oh another thing huskies are rough players. They play by biting everywhere and so on of their tails are wagging chances are they aren't fighting. :-):-)

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@Markie thats awesome all your females get along like that! I wish my females had been that way. We had two that had to be permanently separated and it suuuuuucked living that way!
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@Markie thats awesome all your females get along like that! I wish my females had been that way. We had two that had to be permanently separated and it suuuuuucked living that way!
Thank you yeah I had Maliki first and she sets the pace if another female tries to take her place she puts them in their place it took about a week for the other females to relieze Maliki wasn't playing. They now will do as they are told and all get along. @Sthelena females can be a little complicated especially in dogs :-):-)

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It sounds like Koda is feeling very insecure in her current situation...Have you taken her to obedience classes? is there a reason she is still intact? If you are constantly angry with her and punishing her all the time it will just make things harder, she needs more positive reinforcements, which brings you back to training... I have never used muzzles on my huskies, I do know that it can make things even more intense for the dog that is reactive! As far as running on your parents property and killing small critters, that is normal for the breed, most of them have a strong prey drive, I have an acre fenced in and the huskies favorite thing to do is hunt when they aren't running...if she was used to having free run most of the time to do as she pleases that tends to make them hard of hearing when called, it's only because they are having so much fun and are focused on what they are doing! What kind of consequences does she have when she does come back?
Yes I sense that she is as well.
And no she has not been to any obedience classes.
To be honest she is still intact because I just simply haven't been able to get around to it, my parents were supposed to get it done but never did and now living on my own it's been consistently pushed back due to more pressing matters.
And whenever she would run off, she would come back and get spanked and I'd crate her for a couple of hours.
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