|Barked: Mon Dec 31, '12 1:41pm PST |
|Resource guarding - also very common in Huskies. Since you're already in contact with a behaviorist, they can help with you this as well. It's very fixable between dogs and humans, and can be worked on between dogs but often requires some degree of management for life. For now, keep all desirable toys and treats off the floor and only let the dogs enjoy them when they are separated. Suggested reading for resource guarding is Mine! by Jean Donaldson.
It's normal for any beings who interact closely to come into conflict occasionally. What's important is how the conflict is handled by those involved. Stable dogs are capable of communicating their discomfort, apologizing and choosing to walk away. Of course, a brand-new rescue is not stable - they're in emotional upheaval. It's important to recognize this and work with it.
I consider all-out fights between dogs to be a failure of management (in this case, a resource guarder had access to resources he shouldn't have - which you didn't know, but have now learned) and a sign I need to change something in the household or work harder on training or management I'm already doing.
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