If you are worried about introducing dogs that fight or don’t get on, but live under the same roof, really you’d like the to be living harmoniously like the two picture (who used to fight), or if you are planning on bringing two dogs together to live in the same home, whom don’t currently get on,.then this article is for you… There are two main reasons that dogs fight or don’t get on.
1. They are fighting for the leadership role between themselves.
2. They are fearful of one another.
Either way, if you as the owner take the leadership role in a way which they clearly understand and do not dispute then you will resolve both situations. The first situation will not be a cause for fighting any more, as there is a new convincing leader in place. If you have the second situation, the dogs would look up to you for what to do when they are fearful, rather than dealing with it themselves.
I have made this sound very simple, but there are of course several bit to the method which make it more complicated. Convincing them of your leadership is your biggest challenge when it comes to dog behaviour or dog training, and this is the focus when I provide in home training for my clients. It usually takes 3-4 hours for me to teach them this, so this is not something I can cover in a blog, but if you are interested in a consultation to take the leadership role then please contact me.
What I can teach you in the blog is how to manage actually introducing dogs to one another in a calm and safe way. The best way of doing so is on neutral territory, for instance at a park. You can start with the dogs far apart and slowly walk them closer together in decreasing circles. This can then be done in your garden, and eventually in a room in your house, so both dogs are on lead and they are slowly walked closer together. If you get any aggression at all, the aggressor is immediately taken from the room and isolated for a few minutes. This can be tried again later, and the same thing applies, whenever there is any show of aggression isolate. If there is no aggression but they are pulling on the lead, then t hey are still trying to take control of this situation, which we don’t want them to do. So walk back the way you came, before trying again.
The following articles may also be useful. Please remember that convincing of leadership is your main challenge, and it is difficult to learn how to do this from bits of information you have pieced together from various sources. My professional advice is to get a Dog Listener in to give you 1-2-1 guidance on absolutely everything that you should and shouldn’t do.