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Old 08-01-2015, 06:44 PM
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My dogs are attacking one of their mates

We have 5 dogs, all rescues, all different breeds
from a tiny, Teacup Chihuaua (4 1/2 lbs) to an
18 lb Red Heeler. The three in between are
each about 7 or 8 lbs.

They've been together for about 8 years and
have always gotten along famously.

All of a sudden, 3 of the dogs, including the
heeler have attacked the Pomeranian. If
I'd not pulled them off of her, I'm not sure
that they wouldn't have killed her.

She was punctured in a number of places and
very sore and not mobile for several days.

My husband came in today because he heard
a raucous and the three dogs again had Bella
trapped and were fiercely fighting with her.

I will REALLY appreciate some guidance, thoughts,
insights as to what may be causing this behaviour
and what I can do to stop it and protect Bella.

Bella is a very gentle dog - probably 9 or 10 years
of age. Her pack mates are roughly the same age.

I'm now afraid to leave her alone.

Thank you so much for your help

Karen
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I would kennel the pom when you are not home. Something happened to create the problem but you may never know what that is. If you want to keep them all you will have to protect the pom. You could try a behaviorist to see if they can see what the problem is.
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I would kennel the pom when you are not home. Something happened to create the problem but you may never know what that is. If you want to keep them all you will have to protect the pom. You could try a behaviorist to see if they can see what the problem is.
Hi Dawnben, thank you kindly for your suggestion.

I will give it a try.

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I also suggest a complete and thorough vet exam to rule out any illness. Sometimes dogs attack a weaker sick dog.
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If you truly kept the pack in harmony then there is another issue going on.
Do not leave the animals alone at this point.
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Are they getting plenty of running around time and mental stimulation?
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