by Belinda Olivares
Hi, it happened again yesterday but this time it was horrifing and scared me, as I pet muffin my 3 yr female chi and Tequis my 2yr female poodle and the fight begins.
So as the 2 furgirls are fighting then the third one Rebe, 10 mth female maltese westie, starts biting the poodle Tequis. So I am getting Rebe the maltese westie out of the mix, I grab Rebe and put her outside. As i go and stop muff and tequis my son came to help and as i tell him grab tequis cuz she jumps and bite but to my surprise tequis had her teeth lock and so they were both stuck and i am trying to pry tequis teeth apart she lets go and bites my finger!
At that time i put her in her taxi carrier and i inspect muffin which thank God all were okay and put muffin in her carrier taxi. mM question is what can i do to help my poor poodle with issues?
It seem like she gets jealous i cant touch her cuz she will growl and then muffin comes and starts circling tequis and the growling begin. I know this is a lawsuit waiting to happen or a big vet bill with one or two of my girls hurt. I love them all. Tequis well also will bark at other dogs when we go for our walks and rebe will start whining.
What am i doing wrong? also wanted to ask as i train the simple commands is it better to train one at a time or can i train all three at once. Thanks for your patience with me and this great site with great info!!
I'm sorry you're having trouble with your girls, dog fights can definitely be very scary, I know! Unfortunately with 3 females, the potential for jealousy and fighting is pretty high. The good thing is that they're all relatively small, so it's easier to separate them and deal with them when they get into it, although you'll need two people, one just isn't enough to break up a dog fight.
Having three dogs is even trickier in these situations because when two of the start bickering, the third one will get riled up and jump in and usually pick on the weaker of the two. Then the pack instinct kicks in and you've got a two-on-one situation which is even worse.
If you haven't already had them all spayed, I'd strongly suggest that you do that as soon as possible. Spaying may help to calm them down a little.
It's not unusual to get bitten when you're breaking up a fight, the dogs get so carried away that they don't differentiate between the other dog and you. If you put your hand in there, chances are it's going to get bitten! Of course, often there's not much option, but do be careful and aware of the risks.
I would get a 'dog fight kit' prepared and keep it handy at all times. Get a thick pair of gloves (like workmen's gloves) that cover your wrists as well, also get a small spray bottle and fill it with water, set the nozzle to 'jet' or 'stream', also a small hand-towel, and be sure to have at two dog-crates handy.
If you see two of them squaring up to fight (growling, posturing, circling and so on), the first thing to do is REMOVE the third dog immediately - put her in her crate right away. Then distract both the other dogs as quickly as possible, try a game, or ask them to 'sit', anything that takes their minds off conflict.
If it's too late or they won't pay attention and are already fighting, put your gloves on, tell them "NO FIGHTING" loudly, and then spray one of them directly in the face with the water bottle.
This is usually a shock, and the dog who's been sprayed will let go of the other one in surprise. If there are two of you (better!) each grab a dog and put them in their respective crates, if there's only you, grab the one you sprayed and lift it up, but keep it away from your face in case it's still snapping in anger. Take the dog out of the room rather than try to lower it to the ground to put in a crate, if you do that chances are the other dog will come right back at it.
Keep them separated for at least 30 minutes until they calm down before reintroducing them to each other.
If cuddling or petting one of them, sets off jealousy issues in another one, try to spend some one-on-one time with each of them, out of sight of the others. Then when you're all together don't make a fuss of any of them individually.
Also, make sure you have plenty of toys and treats so that they don't want to fight over the 'goodies'. If you're not already feeding them separately, I would encourage you to start. Fighting over food is pretty common.
As far as training goes, I would suggest doing some training with each one individually, as when they're together they'll get distracted. When they're good at something (like 'sit' for example) then occasionally call them all to you and ask them to 'sit', but I wouldn't use treats unless you know they won't fight over them!
Hope this helps you out some! Your girls look absolutely adorable and it's funny 'cos in this picture they look like 'butter wouldn't melt in their mouths' and like little Angels :o) Who'd know they could fight like that!
Best of luck with them, they're lucky dogs.
(Note: Belinda, if you want to resubmit the question about roaming dogs with the photo I will build the answer page for you. If you just want it without the photo let me know!)