Jun 9, 2006, 11:03 AM
Post #1 of 7
URGENT! My dogs are out of control!
The past month, I've been taking my pup to the vet like on a regular basis, because his older brother and him keeps on fighting! (officially they fought over 6 times in a span of a few weeks) Bleeding from cuts to bruises are very apparent in both dogs. I realized when they fight, they can't stop no matter how angry I shout and command them to stop and I have to pull them apart literally which usually fail in the first few attempts because they are both really strong. I got bit the 1st time they fought, I had 15 stiches on my left hand and right arm because out of panic I reached out in between them to stop them both. They still continue to fight (just happened this evening) and I am at my wits end. I really dunno how to settle this, my brother has been punishing them by hitting them both and yelling at them but this seems to escalate my older dog's (he's almost 15 months old) agrression even towards me and my brother. He snarls and growls at me when I wanted to pet him tonight. Jagger is 6months old and we had him for almost 4 months now and before Jagger's arrival, Lennon never showed any aggression and probably because he was still very young then. Now being 15 months old I think he is entering his teenage years and he is testing the water with the whole concept of dominance over all his brothers and even over me. The problem is, my older dog Lennon is only interested to fight with my youngest Jagger and he leaves Bono alone and both Lennon and Bono never ever fought. Bono (same age as Lennon, they are from the same litter) is a very good tempered dog and dislike conflicts, actually I know that Bono seems to have the higher IQ and Lennon is just all bronze. This is the pattern, first they Jagger and Lennon were fighting over toys (the chewy bones) Lennon is extremely playful and since I've started working at my new company, I have travel quite frequently and can't be home that often to play with him plus he had this huge bump on his body because he got injured while playing with the tennis ball game, so we stop playing the ball game with him since that bump incident. Lennon is extremely demanding and he will be very vocal in showing his frustration, he don't just bark, he will cry non stop and make some kind of begging sound to a big complaining growl. No is never no with him until he sees the cane that I am holding. I am guilty for I favor him the most and it hurts me so much that he is getting more and more notorious and agrresive even towards me. My brother said that Lennon is very unstable and needs to be disciplined but I don't anticipate seeing Lennon getting "the harsh reality of being a dog" treatment just to make him understand. I've read up on the whole dominant dog issue and I think Lennon fits the description but yet Lennon can be a real coward at times befitting also the description of the defensive dog behavior. Down right to it, he is a real spoilt brat but he does understand that growling is wrong and he will shake in fear when I raise my voice with him and then he will show remorse and act like he is so afraid and need my acceptance by slowly crawling to me to get a hug. Bono is also spoilt rotten but Bono never shows and exhibits any of such behavior problems. Lennon is literally bullying Jagger and Jagger is like the exact replica of Lennon in his behavior like a mini Lennon and extra headache for me, though being only 6months old, Jagger do not back down from a challenge or confrontation started by Lennon. So they will end up fighting and bite each other. From what I read, I think Jagger is a defensive agrressive dog cos he never allows anyone to touch his front right paw and his ears is always tucked back and he seems to be always scared and he barks at any sound that he hears, this barking of his sometimes can provoke Lennon to go crazy. Other than that, the main reasons for them fighting is over my affection and attention, I realised that whenever Lennon is with me and I am petting him and hugging him, Jagger will be excited and would then try to get my attention and then Lennon will start to growl and then BANG, they will be sparring! When they spar, Lennon usually will go for Jagger's head and mouth and Jagger will bite Lennon's leg. It hurts a lot for me to see their bruises and looking at them all bleeding. I realised that when they fight they stand up on two legs and fight like Komodo Dragons and they just can't stop! What should I do with Lennon, how do I teach him to tolerate his brother. Please note that after each fight, they will iniate play with each other to licking each other and be like best friends. Also Lennon seems to realize that what he did is wrong but yet he repeats it and then when I finally "accept" him back he will lick me and bite my hand playfully to gain acceptance, well actually he will always lunge at me to lick me and put my hand into his mouth. Though, I love them all but Lennon's aggression is actually freaking me out, a simple petting to asking him to move when he is sleeping on my bed, to hugging him when he wakes up to just trying to hold him will result in him going bonkers and growling, he makes only the sound but not the face, he dun show his teeth and all and usually after that he will start shaking in fear and automatically run into his crate. Anyhow I hate to admit it but I am afraid that one day Lennon from his aggressive behavior confusion will end up snapping at me especially when he sleeps with me at nite, I am afraid that he might snap and then bite my neck or he would end up killing Jagger. Oh please do offer me some advice, I would really appreciate it, I really dunno what to do and this is Malaysia, I don't think I can find a professional trainer for help! Thank you.