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20 Apr 2006

Plse help! I have two alatons both female one 7yrs the younger 3yrs. They get on very well until they spot an intruder both bark and get aggrisive but the younger female attacks the older one to prevent her. Its as though she wants to be in charge of the barking and agression. What can I do to prevent the younger one attacking the older female.

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01 Jan 0001

Hi Joey

This is called diverted aggression. Unfortunately there is not much you could do, as they get frustrated at whatever is outside the yard, then due to frustration, they turn on each other. NORMALLY it is short lived as they stop quickly unless one of them fights back. If any damage is cause, the best would be to muzzle the yournger dog when you are not around, but this will not help your security much. If you are home, then the best is to make it much more fun for them to come to your call and respond. In other words, if you hear them barking, teach them the recall and ask them to return to you for a nicer treat. This way you will be in control of the situation.
Good luck
Animal behaviourist
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