new name: How or what can you do to prevent two female Jack Russell Terriers from fighting?
Sometimes our 3 female Jack Russell Terriers fight over stuff ,people or space.Mostly it's a two dog fight but sometimes it's 3. The dogs are 3-4 years old, 2-3 years and 8 months old.
Is there anything we can do to stop them from fighting and drawing blood on their beautiful coats and faces? How do people stop them from fighting? Can anyone please help out here?
Photo Credit: FastPhive/Flickr
Answers and Views:
Answer by JERILYN D
Unfortuntely, any time you get dogs of the same sex together they want to fight for dominance, unless one is clearly the alpha. And if they're fighting seriously enough to draw blood, then you have a pretty serious problem. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...
Answer by jnm5575
You can get some good books on training, but your best bet is to work with a dog trainer. A behaviorist would be best. Any good dog trainer will give you a free consultation. You have some serious dominance issues going on, if you handle it the wrong way you'll make the issues worse. There are lots of training styles, but look for someone that uses positive training techniques. Remember that you control the food and affection these are keys to getting your dogs under control. A good trainer will teach you "settling" you lay your dog down on it's side and hold them down until they calm down. It teaches them that you're in control and won't hurt them. You should practice this with each dog twenty minutes a day for a couple weeks. Then just with the instigate when there is issues. Avoid trainers that use collar correction. Since you're dealing with aggression issues, this will make the problems worse. PetSmart have a very good training program that can help with these issues.
Answer by Beano
One of the dogs is the instigator, it could be a look, growl or even a hip bump. It is your job to see the "tell" b-4 the fight. What you should do is, if one of the three is submissive then make that dog your 2nd in command. Don't always feed the "alpha" of the three first, That would be a mistake, feed the calm dog first. I don't know why some people think you always feed "alpha" first. You want a calm home, when the dogs are playing nice all is fine but once the "instigator" starts you need to "re-direct" her energy immediately. If you miss the tell and a fight starts separate the dogs and MAKE them lay down till calmness has been re-stored.
The main reason why these dogs are fighting; is not because you have 3 females, it's because they have pent up energy that must be released. JT's are known for their high energy, it's your job to drain this energy daily. My 2 males dogs (ESS and Chow/mix) take 2 walks daily 45 minutes each plus the ESS is on a treadmill for 20 minutes daily. It's allot of work but the peace in the house is worth it all. Plus my g/f and I make the time and it helps our health. It's win, win if you work had in draining that energy. Good Luck
Read all the answers in the comments. What do you think?