How to help dogs get along

It’s an all-too-familiar scenario. Two humans try to blend their existing packs and wind up with their dogs fighting and creating chaos. It can happen with roommates moving in together, people trying to date, or even when bringing a new dog into an existing pack.

 

When dogs play too rough

Roughhousing is part of the fun of being a dog. Playing is a way for dogs to explore their world and to socialize with other animals and people. It is completely normal, safe, and healthy in most cases, but it can become dangerous if it goes too far. Dogs may play-bite, lunge, swipe, and even bark at you or other dogs during play, but it will normally be done in a gentle, friendly manner. However, playful activities can take a turn for the worse if the dog begins to bite or play in a way that harms people or other animals. Here are some tips about how to prevent rough play.

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Introducing a Second Puppy

 Before you bring the second puppy home, take your current puppy and the potential new puppy on a walk together. This offers them a neutral space to interact while having another activity to focus on. Both puppies should be on a leash, but make sure the leashes are held loosely so the puppies can exhibit natural greeting behavior without restraint from the leashes. Praise them throughout the meeting, but especially when they interact directly.

Student Question

Dog not playing nice

How do I stop my one year old pit bull from being so rough while playing with other dogs? He is a gentle dog but very strong and has drawn blood of another dog from simply playing. He likes to grab the saggy jowls of his boxer friend. He hasn't bitten people so far, however I would like to stop the biting altogether is that possible?

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Shadow’s big breakthrough

It’s understandable if everyone just assumes that those of us who work for Dion have the most perfect, best-behaved dogs in the world, but that’s not the case. We’re only human, our dogs are only dogs, and it takes us a while to pick up on Dion's teachings as well. But, like many of you, we also have our success stories, and this is mine.

Student Question

How to break up a dog fight

Dear Pawfessor Dion,I have read several articles in our local paper about people witnessing a dog fight and wanting to stop the dog fight but did not know how to stop a dog fight. I am impulsive when it comes to these things and it caused me to ask what is the best thing to do when witnessing a dog fight? Is there a way to break up a dog fight? Should I try to stop a dog fight? I love animals and react without thinking about my safety and have stepped in before when I have seen a dog fight - fortunately I did not get hurt. What is your suggestion for what to do when confronted by dog fighting?

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