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Hi everyone, My dog Drifter who we rescued 5 years ago has become very aggressive towards my dog Ragnar who we rescued 10 months ago. They have gotten along great up until recently. Ragnar is 2 and still likes to play and can be a bit persistent. When he gets to be to much Drifter growls at him to let him know to back off. A few times he snipped at him but nothing to bad. We started redirecting Ragnar when we could tell Drifter had started having enough. This past weekend we took both dogs to my brothers new house for the weekend. He has two dogs as well. One is a 6 month old male and the other is a 2 year old female. He automatically started following the female (Lola) around and tried humping her. He stayed by her as much as he was allowed. Ragnar Just wanted to play and had o interest in mounting Lola but Drifter got real defensive, which we understood. After keeping our dogs separated and finally getting home we thought the issue would be over, Oh my were we wrong, it's escalated to the point they can't even see each other and Drifter will even growl through the bedroom door if he smells Ragnar. I'm disabled and can't work with them and there's no way I can separate them, The few times they caught glimpses of each other was intense and thankfully my fiance was able to get them apart. Although now he has a sprained hand due to the last incident. I don't know what to do! I called a behavior trainer who said it was sibling rivalry but they cost $500!! I need advise on what can be done and also I created a gofundme account to try to raise the money for the trainer. Does anyone know where I could post that in hopes other animal lovers will help me? All suggestions are welcomed.. Thanks!
 

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May I ask if your dogs are neutered?
 

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Sorry to hear about the problems you are having with your dogs. As you are not able to work with your dogs and don't have funds for the trainer, the best solution might be to rehome one of the dogs before a serious incident happens where injury is sustained by one or both dogs, or people trying to separate them.

It is heart breaking to consider rehoming but, at the moment, you don't have happy dogs and strain is put on you too.

Good luck in whatever you decide to do.
 

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are these dogs intact?
It could be that Drifter notices that Ragnar is becoming an adult and doesn't want another male close to him. until recently he was seen as puppy so Drifter was okay with him.
same sex aggression is pretty common with dogs.
 

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Shandula they aren't neutered yet but are scheduled to be. I know it should help with some of the aggression. Mathilda I think that does have a big part to do with it. I've been doing research on Ragnar's age and breed. It said that pit bulls are still at a puppy mentality until 1 1/2 to 2 years of age. We've had my brother's dog over to our house a few times and Drifter showed some aggression when they played but nothing like this past weekend. We just thought he was being protective. I think he does consider Ragnar competition and wants nothing further to do with him. I've been trying to find rescue centers that can help me re-home him. When he is the only dog he is perfect and I'd hate to have him live in a shelter. I'm at a loss on how to find him a new home. I've asked everyone I know and asked them to check around with their friends that are animal lovers.
 

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Is there a place in here where we can post gofundme links or ask for help with funding or re homing pets?
 

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before rehoming, I'd neuter Drifter and observe if his behaviour changes.
generally, I believe that if an older dog has lived longer inside a family it is better to rehome the younger dog. the younger the dog, the more likely they'll be adopted in a shelter. People will almost always chose the younger dog, even if the older dog fits better in their life.
If you must rehome one, I'd probably think of rehoming Ragnar.
 
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So are you here soliciting money or asking for advice? If you're soliciting money, I think it's against the rules.

If you want training advice, get Jean Donaldson's book, Fight. It's very inexpensive.
 

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So are you here soliciting money or asking for advice? If you're soliciting money, I think it's against the rules.

If you want training advice, get Jean Donaldson's book, Fight. It's very inexpensive.
Harsh words @Grabby ;)

I think the OP needs a little more than a book. Needs someone to assess the situation in situ, and then give them a rehabilitation program they can follow.

It will take time, commitment, money, with failures during the process, and the outcome may not be what they would like. But ain't that life? :)
 

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Harsh words @Grabby ;)

I think the OP needs a little more than a book. Needs someone to assess the situation in situ, and then give them a rehabilitation program they can follow.

It will take time, commitment, money, with failures during the process, and the outcome may not be what they would like. But ain't that life? :)
Harsh? The OP asked twice about posting a gofundme link. I'm not going to believe every request for money is actually toward a worthy cause. People scam other people all the time on those type of sites. Some are surely legit, but how is the average bleeding heart supposed to weed out the legit from the scammers? The reason this forum and most don't allow this type of link is because they don't want to seem to be endorsing the pleas for money that may or may not be legit.

Me, I'd be working two or three jobs, selling off my stuff and borrowing from friends and family before I'd ask total strangers to send me money.

The book I suggested is actually one I'd suggest to anyone having this problem and especially if they couldn't afford a trainer.
 

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Harsh? The OP asked twice about posting a gofundme link. I'm not going to believe every request for money is actually toward a worthy cause. People scam other people all the time on those type of sites. Some are surely legit, but how is the average bleeding heart supposed to weed out the legit from the scammers? The reason this forum and most don't allow this type of link is because they don't want to seem to be endorsing the pleas for money that may or may not be legit.

Me, I'd be working two or three jobs, selling off my stuff and borrowing from friends and family before I'd ask total strangers to send me money.

The book I suggested is actually one I'd suggest to anyone having this problem and especially if they couldn't afford a trainer.
What I'm asking myself is, if you can't afford a trainer for one of your dogs and the dog shows interspecies aggression, Why'd you get a second one?
especially one of the same gender.
and if you can't afford a trainer...can you afford getting two dogs spayed?
with the dogs getting older, they probably need more medical attention, so there'll me more costs in the future. You sure you can do that?
 
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