Sibling Sister Puppies Fighting After Mealtimes

Discussion in 'Dog Behavior Problems' started by donnum, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. donnum New Member

    Hi Everyone

    New to the forum so hope this is the appropriate place for this thread....I see lots of other posts about older dog aggression generally but ours specifically relates to food mostly and they are puppies so thought a new thread was best? Anyway here goes.....

    Our two pups are sibling females aged almost 6 months. The main issue we seem to be struggling to overcome is aggression which is sometimes developing into a full blown fight which needs intervention. They do the usual rough and tumble play and generally get on very well and it appears quite obvious who is the dominant one. However, the dominant one seems to have issues when it comes to the resource of food mostly. After feeding or sometimes a treat, she will show threatening body language and give out (a low not particularly aggressive sounding) growl. if we don't intervene at this point then it has gone to full fighting mode at times, (this evening drawing blood!) when the less dominant will defend herself also and puts up a good fight! After us intervening and perhaps separating them, within a few minutes all is fine and they can even be whining for each others company!...As i said this seems to mostly be about food but she also does this low growling at us sometimes, particularly if we are say moving her from a comfortable spot.

    Basically what we have been trying so far is trying to tell her we do not accept this through our tone of voice, separating them. we also feed them separately but she still starts this behaviour the minute they are reunited. We also intend to get them spayed in the next few weeks hopefully. Any other tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanking you [IMG]

  2. blacknym Experienced Member

    You have a good start.

    I would look into more techniques for overcoming food aggression. Here are some youtube videos. These are not cures or exactly focusing on your problem but they should give you some ideas to work with...

    Hope those help and get the creative juices flowing. :D
  3. southerngirl Honored Member

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  4. jackienmutts Honored Member

    Your post concerns me a bit. If she were only showing this behavior around food, I wouldn't be so concerned, as food aggression can be worked with, but you indicate that this is happening at other times also. Where are you located? Would it be possible for you to have a qualified trainer or behaviorist come and observe and perhaps offer suggestions or a definitive plan? I say this because having two females fighting at such a young age isn't a good sign, and this behavior may escalate. And when females don't get along, it can get really ugly.
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