Can two dogs who just don't like each other... Update: Home found!
We've had dogs for 30+ years, and have never had this situation. We have a seven year old German shorthair pointer mix, and a three year old rat terrier mix, and they just do not like each other. It would be fine if they just left each other alone and went their separate ways, but the rat terrier mix would rather start a fight. The two dogs have separate sleeping spaces, we maintain the same order when feeding. Same place on the floor for the food dishes. Several water dishes in various parts of the house. Same order when feeding treats. They have a dog door and a large outdoor space. The terrier has toys; the pointer mix doesn't play with toys. We don't play favorites when they are together around us. We try to stay neutral. We can't figure out why they are fighting.
The vet has both of them on amitryptaline (sp?) and they are both wearing those scented collars that are supposed to induce calmness. Usually, they just look at each other and growl, but after a major fight on Friday (terrier sank his teeth into pointer's back leg and held on), they are both wearing muzzles right now.
Would a professional dog behavior expert be able to help? Any other suggestions? Thanks!
Crate/rotate/separate or Rehome
The bold part: completely erase that from your mind. Stick with the underlined part. :yes:
Originally Posted by pony4me
Once this starts, it is very difficult to stop and usually requires expert intervention and extreme commitment. You must crate, separate, and rotate 24/7 during holidays, travel, vet emergency, etc. It is now fun. You'll feel guilty when one dog is out and the other isn't. You must find a vet, kennel, sitter that will follow this regime, too and never think 'they seem fine now' 'just for a minute' 'they won't fight away from home.'
Imagine the stress, energy, and anxiety on the dogs living in this civil war? Rehoming will relieve pressure all around. Stack the odds for success in a new place by rehoming whichever pup is easier to live with.