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31 May 2011

Hi ... I have 5 Jack Russells at home. Mom and Dad, with 3 siblings, 2 males and one spayed female now aged 1 1/2 years. Mom has been spayed. The rivalry and agressiveness between the males has become unbearable and they incite each other and end up in war! I am considering neutering the males. Who do I start with??? Most dominant, father or inbetweener ??? Please advise. I am desperate.
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Dog Behaviour Expert
Dog Behaviour Expert

01 Jan 0001

Hi there jollyjammer, in my own opinion all dogs should be sterilized and spayed unless you are a really professional breeder! Your males are reaching full adolescence whereing the position for pack status is fought and the fighting between them is normal. Some behaviourists would recommend leaving Dad intact, to keep the balance and this is something i think you should discuss with your vet. Do be aware though, that in dogs this age is will take between 6 weeks to 3 months for the test. levels to drop. I would consider getting in a behaviourist in order to help you stop the fighting by way of implementing House rules and show you the appropriate way to treat this type of behaviour. You can find someone via my friendsofthedog site - just look under Our Favourite Links or else by Google. Good luck, Scotty
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