We had Bear and Taya’s owner reach out to us for some help with inter-dog aggression issues in the home.
After taking a look at the dogs together and having a conversation about the issues they were experiencing and what the dynamic of the living arrangement was like, it was fairly clear what was going wrong and just needed some clear control and management implemented to address it.
Taya is a strong character that knows what she likes and dislikes and won’t be taken advantage of, Bear is a young male Bulldog who doesn’t know his own strength and throws his presence around when he wants attention or another valuable resource.
At the age Bear is, it can easily become a testing time for any owner as their behaviours begin to strengthen and their size continues to grow. Many behavioural issues begin to develop at this age and if not addressed early they can become real headaches.
By implementing some stricter house rules like one dog out at one time to be able to give undivided attention to both the older and younger dog, impulse control and manners to be taught before receiving rewards and freedoms, and obedience around food and thresholds, this will remove conflict surrounding typical scenarios in the home and ensure a successful reintegration again in the near future.
Sometimes with our pets we simply offer them too much and don’t ask enough in return. Like kids, this can make them value the wrong things and lead them astray at times.
Good work guys and good luck!