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jessica wu | 5 years ago
My Friend Brought Her Dog Over And They Keep Fighting. I’m Not Sure If This…

My friend brought her dog over and they keep fighting. I’m not sure if this is normal or aggressive behavior. They growl and bite eachother. im trying to post a video but its not loading

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Sarah
4 years ago

Our guys loook (and sound) like they are seriously fighting, but they are playing. However, you really need to know your dog(s). Our trainer showed us signs to look for as far as play vs. aggression, and when to intervene as well as when to let it go. I agree with the other post- talk to someone who can point out acceptable play behaviors. Good luck!

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry but we don’t have the ability to load a video. It can be hard for some people to distinguish play fighting ( a normal interaction for some dogs) and aggression (which can be dangerous). I recommend that you meet on neutral territory with a trainer or experienced veterinary technician with experience and interest in dog behavior. I hope this helps. If they are playing and it is deemed to be safe normal play I try not to have my clients discourage or intervene. Lots of dogs play rough but well together. For some dogs it even helps… Read more »

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Taylor Conway | 5 years ago
Hello, My Male Dog Got Into A Fight With My Siblings Dog And The Dog…

hello, my male dog got into a fight with my siblings dog and the dog bite his leg, the first night it was just bleeding a little bit, but over the next couple of days it grew into a ball that felt like liquid was inside, i assumed it was just swollen. It went away then 2 days after it went away it came back but now it is very hard, and he is limping worse then before

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Sarah
4 years ago

You should get to a vet now. It has probably become infected. Since the dog is in obvious pain and the wound site is now worse, a trip to the vet right away is necessary. It may need to be drained and you will probably need antibiotics and some pain meds. I hope he’s ok.

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Alyssa | 5 years ago
Food Aggression From An Adopted 1 Year Old Lab Rescue…he’s Fine With His Dog Food…

Food aggression from an adopted 1 year old lab rescue…he’s fine with his dog food non aggressive with that but bones or scraps he finds after cooking etc if my pit bull is around he will attack her…my fiancé just broke up a fight between them just now my male lab had a hold of her jaw and when my fiancé broke it up he got it pretty bad in the process. Any advice on this because this is unexeptable behavior.

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Sarah
4 years ago

First off, I’m so sorry. That must have been frightening. Secondly, is the lab neutered? I would contact my vet and find a good animal behaviorist that can help, or at least a name if one who has authored a good book on the subject. Training will help. Setting the stage where you are pack leader and will not allow unacceptable behaviors is key, but takes time, training and consistency. Since this dog is new to you, I’m guessing a few trips to the vet are planned anyway, so involving your vet in this conversation will be easy, and very… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Thank you Sarah for your excellent and kind answer. You are amazing!

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4 years ago

The behavior your dogs display is a direct extension of their training and your parenting. Any behavior issue is best addressed by a consult with your vet and a referral to a trainer. I would also pay very close attention to their behavior at the feeding times and insure they are being poilite, paying attention and not allowing the anxiety or excitement to escalate. If you do see that they are getting worked up and over anxious it is imperative to start correctly the behavior in a calm and meaningful way. Getting loud, excited, or angry only exacerbates the anxiety… Read more »

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Jennifer Pierce-Cockburn | 5 years ago
My Outdoor Cat Got Into A Fight With Another Cat And Now Has An Infected…

My outdoor cat got into a fight with another cat and now has an infected scratch on eye. It’s red and had discharge along with third eyelid showing. I don’t think I can get ahold of him to drive to vet because he is wild. I feed, pet, and shelter him. Can I use ointment on eye and what kind?

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Leah Hay
4 years ago

Just keep trying to catch him so he can go and see a vet. Have you tried putting food inside a crate or whatever you would take him to the vet in? Or seeing if you can get a house call from the vet?

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Tim F | 5 years ago
My 5yr Old Schnauzer Left Eye Is Swollen Top And Bottom And Red He Hasnt…

My 5yr old schnauzer left eye is swollen top and bottom and red he hasnt been into any fights its been a few days of us running around to doctors and just feeding and letting him out to use the bathroom no petting but when i looked this afternoon it was gunky and his hair was stuck to his eye what do i do all vets are closed i put him in shower and cleaned the hair and gunk away

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Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello, It is not possible to assess an eye via a photo. The eye is a complex 3 dimensional structure and only an in person exam can diagnose most eye issues. Swelling and discharge might indicate a severe injury and I can only recommend that you see a vet as quickly as possible. Hopefully it is something simple and easy to fix. But if it isn’t your dogs eye and eyesight might be compromised. Please see a vet as quickly as possible. Squinting indicates pain, discharge irritation and the eye itself can only be assessed by a vet. I hope… Read more »

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Tessa Hosman | 5 years ago
My Cat Is Being Aggressive With My New Kitten??.. So I Rescued A Kitten Back In…

My cat is being aggressive with my new kitten??..
So I rescued a kitten back in August, he’s 10 months old now, and I just got another kitten about a week ago, she’s 4 months old. He is neutered, but she is not yet spayed. I can’t seem to keep them apart, whenever they’re in separate rooms they just sit outside the door crying until I let the other out. However, when they’re together there are very few moments of peace, as they are constantly chasing each other, her growling at him about half the time, though he’s silent. Most of this doesn’t seem too aggressive, as they just pounce on each other. She scratched him once a few days ago, but thats it. Yesterday though, his “fighting” escalated to where he’s the one who instigates it (he’s usually a very timid cat, so this is unusual behavior), and he tried to mount her, which I found odd since he’s neutered. And then last night they were both sleeping and he just got up, walked over to her and layed on top of her, bit her neck under her jaw and then licked behind her tail, all while she was swatting at him and meowing loudly. And now he continually tries to pin her and bite her. I didn’t want to get involved at first, because I assume he’s simply trying to establish dominance, but when she started meowing I clapped to get him off her. I don’t want him to hurt her, but I want them to be able to be around each other without me worrying. Any advice or similar situations?????? Anything would help, thank you!!

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Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

If the kitten doesn’t seem to mind the cats attention and they are comfortable playing and sleeping together it sounds like they are working it out ok on their own. Try not to intervene if the kitten is ok with the attention. It is about dominance and understanding each other’s boundaries. Usually it works out in a few weeks
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Kristina Johnston | 5 years ago
Papillon And Terrier Mix- Not Getting Along, Bad Fights: A Little Over A Year Ago…

Papillon and Terrier Mix- Not getting along, bad fights: A little over a year ago, we adopted a rescue dog from Mexico for a member of our family, to include with a papillon and golden retriever. She had plenty of issues on her own, but a couple of months ago (around July), she and the papillon had a huge fight resulting in injuries, mostly on the papillon’s side. They never got along very well, but things have gotten worse and worse. They have had several of these fights now, although we have gotten better at preventing and stopping them. But still, the Papillon is constantly going after the rescue dog, sizing her up, not letting her on the couch, doing this annoying thing where she kicks her back paws against the floor. She is obsessed about the rescue dog, which didn’t occur until these fights, and although the rescue dog brings injuries onto the papillon in fights and has some agression, the papillon is the initiator of it. Now the papillon is peeing all around the house, small amounts to mark her territory, and although she does it outside and has had issues housebreaking, accidents have been spread out with little issues until recently with these territorial marks. I am worried about the injuries the papillon faces and I’m extremely upset with this complete demeanor change in my dog, what should I do to stop this behavior? (Added info- asked vet about this, zero help with “they’ll figure it out themselves”)

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Sarah
4 years ago

I’m sorry that your vet was of little help. That is discouraging? I would seek out professional help, i.e. an animal behaviorist and trainer. At this point, that would be your best bet. There are oodles of books and online resources as well, but that is assuming you have time to research, read and implement all of those strategies. I’m assuming that you want an answer sooner rather than later. A behaviorist that can come to your home and give you hands on assistance and homework, will probably cost a bit of money, but will be well worth it in… Read more »

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Dean Bigbee | 5 years ago
My Cat Has Been Getting In Alot Of Fights Lately And Starts Mewing Angrily When…

My cat has been getting in alot of fights lately and starts mewing angrily when I pet his back lately. Anything to worry about?

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Sarah
4 years ago

I would have him checked. He may have an injury that you can’t see.

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4 years ago

I agree with Sarah – he probably has an injury. Please keep him inside to prevent fighting.

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Kyana P. | 5 years ago
Hi There! I Own Two Amazingly Wonderful Sweet Dogs. Bella, A 2 Year Old Female…

Hi there! I own two amazingly wonderful sweet dogs. Bella, a 2 year old female Chipin, she lives with my dad and three other small dogs. She isn’t very socialized, I have to admit, but she’s a good girl apart from barking at strangers and the current issue I bring today. My boyfriend and I brought to our home, Stonie, a 4 month old female American Razor Edge Pit-bull. Bella, unfortunately hasn’t been able to come over since we got the puppy(in fear the bigger dog may hurt her tiny stature). Also, because Bella is very afraid of Stonie. I have been taking Stonie to my dads since she was very small to have them puppy-sit her while I’m at school. Even then Bella wanted absolutely nothing to do with Stonie, even though one of my dads other small dogs seems to be fine with her(we keep one of the 3 dogs away completely because she’s very very small and unpredictable/aggressive). Bella is very glued to my side when I do go over, for example, if I go somewhere she cant go, shell wait for me until I get back than will jump for me to pick her up again(of course, I have been trying to teach her to sit and calm down before. Stonie has me wanting to teach Bella some manners.) When Stonie is at my dads, shell follow Bella wanting to play and when Stonie gets to close, Bella will cry and whimper, even get really low and freeze up. I know Stonie being the puppy she is, she just wants to play so shell swat and bark playfully at Bella, but Bella wont have it. I am at the point where I think it would be in the best interest of Bella if I gave up full ownership to my dad, Of course, I will still see her because I go over there a lot. But I planned on taking Bella with me when I move away(my dad only lives 5 mins away now). Now this doesn’t seem like it will be an option. Bella is normally aggressive toward the small dog we keep away from Stonie, Bella will even start fights with just that dog. Bella has also licked Stonie on the face, but this was behind a closed kennel other than that when Bella is close to Stonie she just freezes up. I am so upset I have to permanently give up my baby girl, but I don’t want Bella hurt at all. I want to know if there’s anything I can do before?

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Anne Springer
4 years ago

The general rule, when choosing safe playmates for dogs, is that one not outweigh the other by more than half. A rambunctious Pittie pup is too much dog for most toy breeds, as they do tend to have a very physical play style and they tend to “face play” a lot.If your little dog was not socialized with other dogs of the type you now have, it’s unlikely she would lose her fear of the other dog without behavior modification that incorporates progressive desensitization and counter-conditioning. The trainer you choose would need to be well versed in that technique. (See… Read more »

Sarah
4 years ago

My best advice to you, would be to get in touch with a reputable dog trainer/behaviorist. Your vet should probably know of a few that they could put you in touch with. I sincerely hope you find a behaviorist to help you and the time to follow through with what they recommend. Very best of luck to you.

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Jennifer MtCastle | 5 years ago
Our Two Female Dogs Got Into A Fight And The Smallest Has A Puncture Wound…

Our two female dogs got into a fight and the smallest has a puncture wound on her leg. I cannot take her to a vet right now. Any input on home care? I am cleaning with hydrogen peroxide and will be trimming the hair back to examine the wound closer and make sure it is not too deep. The larger dog seems to have a small cut near her eye that is no longer bleeding.

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Sarah
4 years ago

If you can’t get to your vet right now, I would get there first thing in the morning. Good luck!

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello, I am sorry to hear about your dogs. I also hear that you cannot go to a vet right now. But, I have been a vet for a long time and I have to tell you that this is one of the cases where in almost all cases these pets do much (like a lot!!) better if they see a vet immediately. Every dog fight wound needs a vet immediately. If you don’t at least get her on antibiotics and have the wound explored the wounds typically get significantly worse very quickly. The incidence of infection is very very… Read more »