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Old July 12th 03, 05:36 PM
Rick
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We have 4 German Shepherds in our family: two males and two females.
The alpha leader is the senior female (and longest running member of
the pack). The problem is with the two males.

Both dogs were brought into the house at approximately the same time.
Although one has assimilated into the overall scheme of things, the
other male has not.

He gets along well with the two females, only occasionally
"challenging" the alpha female. But he's had a few fights with the
other male, leading us to keep them separate at all times. This male's
prey drive is such that he'll also pursue the family cat if the
opportunity arises. Therefore he's kept separate from the cat as well.

Because of the one's obvious aggression, we kept him away from the
other male. Then one day, we muzzled both dogs and "introduced" them.
Later that day, we pulled the muzzles and they were fine for about a
month. That's when the big fight occurred. Since then we've kept the
males separated.

We've tried a number of potential solutions including Prozac, but
nothing to date has given us any hope that the two males will be able
to peacefully co-exist. One behaviorist indicated that we should put
the two males together and let them work it out. When I asked who
would pay for the vet bills, the behaviorist suggested that we muzzle
both of them to minimize injuries.

Does anyone have any ideas as to how we can arrive at a peaceful
solution to this problem?
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Old July 13th 03, 01:57 AM
Scott
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I would strongly suggest that you go to the following web sites and spend
some time reading. I believe you will find the information you are
looking for. http://leerburg.com/introducingdogs.htm (is found within
the following web site) http://leerburg.com/articles.htm
Check both sites out.

Rick wrote:

We have 4 German Shepherds in our family: two males and two females.
The alpha leader is the senior female (and longest running member of
the pack). The problem is with the two males.

Both dogs were brought into the house at approximately the same time.
Although one has assimilated into the overall scheme of things, the
other male has not.

He gets along well with the two females, only occasionally
"challenging" the alpha female. But he's had a few fights with the
other male, leading us to keep them separate at all times. This male's
prey drive is such that he'll also pursue the family cat if the
opportunity arises. Therefore he's kept separate from the cat as well.

Because of the one's obvious aggression, we kept him away from the
other male. Then one day, we muzzled both dogs and "introduced" them.
Later that day, we pulled the muzzles and they were fine for about a
month. That's when the big fight occurred. Since then we've kept the
males separated.

We've tried a number of potential solutions including Prozac, but
nothing to date has given us any hope that the two males will be able
to peacefully co-exist. One behaviorist indicated that we should put
the two males together and let them work it out. When I asked who
would pay for the vet bills, the behaviorist suggested that we muzzle
both of them to minimize injuries.

Does anyone have any ideas as to how we can arrive at a peaceful
solution to this problem?


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Old July 15th 03, 09:19 PM
Quapaw V
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Are they neutered?
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