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16 Nov 2004

Mini-worsies : Jaloesie
Ek het 3 miniatuur worsies, seker die mooiste in die land! Die probleem is dat twee van hulle reuntjies is, en gedurig aan die grom is vir mekaar. Die pa en ma is so 2 1/2 jaar oud, en die baba (ek het besluit om een te hou van hulle werpsel) is nou al so 1 jaar oud. Die kleintjie vat nou die heeltyd sy pa aan, veral as ek naby hulle is. Hy is ook baie sterker gebou as sy pa, en raak soms baie aggressief. Hy het nou al twee keer sy pa gebyt (elke keer wanneer ek by is), en die pa was altyd die dominante een, en staan weer op sy beurt nie terug vir die kleintjie nie. Ek sit met 'n moeilike situasie - drie worsies met net een tefie. Die tefie (ma) is reggemaak, maar dit lyk of die kleintjie steeds baie besitlik is oor haar. Ek kan ook nie regtig aandag gee aan die pa nie, dan trek die kleintjie sy rug krom, en beloer ons. My vraag - Sal dit help om een van die reuntjies reg te maak. En indien wel, watter een moet reggemaak word? Of dalk albei? Dankie vir 'n fantastiese webblad
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Hi Wayne
Actually the best in the long run, and for the sake of the dogs, would be to re-home the younger male. There will probably always be tension between the two males and they could end up really injuring one another. If this is really not a possibility then I recommend an animal behaviourist come and consult you to give you a proper assessment and a program to follow. (See www.animal-behaviour.org.za) Some things which may be suggested to improve things:
1. Castrate the younger or less dominant dog. This is not always obvious and the younger one may already have taken over as top dog. You could also give the castrated one hormone therapy for a few weeks to speed up the process as neutering takes about 6 weeks to take effect.
2. Give the dominant entire dog all the privileges such as greeting him first, feeding him first, allowing him to sleep in the best spot etc.
3. When they stare or growl at each other, walk away. Don't shout or punish either dog. If necessary separate them calmly and give then both time out in separate rooms for 10 minutes.
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
ANIMAL BEHAVIOURIST
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