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08 Apr 2004

Pets that fight
Hi Doc

We recently purchased a Puppy of a month to be a friend for our Bulldog Xena who is 3,5 Years old. They sleep in the same kennel which is more the size of a micro wendyhouse.

The do seem to like one another alot yet when they play they get carried away and start to fight really nasty, especially the little one he goes completely beserk sometimes. The older one seems to keep her composure but sometimes also feels that enough is enough when the small one teases her or hurts her yet she would not(at least not yet) intentionally hurt him.

So Doc, is it perhaps just in their nature to so incessantly go on like this or do we have reason for concern?

Blade.
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Hi Blade
You don't say what breed your puppy is so I assume it is also a Bulldog and that the dogs are opposite sexes. Bulldogs have been selectively bred for fighting and bull baiting and therefore can have an aggressive streak, especially if you have two. However they are usually docile and luckily they don't do much damage because their teeth are often mis-aligned and beacause of the shape of the jaw. However there seems to be conflict between your two and perhaps this is because the older one is finding it difficult to discipline the younger one. You need to encourage her to be assertive and help her by separating them occasionally, especially when things get rough. Don't reprimand the older dog at all or she will associate the puppy with getting shouted at or punished. The older dog should always get more of your positive attention, while the puppy needs to be disciplined by ignoring him or excluding him when he's "naughty". Have a few large tug / rope type toys around so the puppy can pester those instead.
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