|Barked: Sun Apr 14, '13 10:36pm PST |
|Sorry, I just had to respond to this:
>A lot of times I think people fail with "same sex aggression" is because one >they aren't introduced correctly, two the dogs have two different >personality types and they "clash" just as some people do, and three the >owners aren't educated in how to handle spats and things dogs who are >unfamiliar with each other and establishing dominance often have at the >start.
We did absolutely /everything/ to get our female shiba and female corgi to get along. (We wound up with an unexpected corgi just after we got our shiba puppy, so the shiba grew up with the corgi, so it's not like they were unfamiliar.)
For years, and I do mean years, starting when the shiba was an adolescent, they would get in the most horrible fights about once a month. We started to call it their 'time' (although both were fixed of course). Everything would be fine, they'd be the best of friends and then something would set them off and they'd be tearing at each other like they were ready to kill one another. I thank thick ruffs and the fact that they usually went for the neck that we never had a permanent injury. However, both my roommate and myself have scars from separating them and getting caught in the crossfire.
So yeah. Do not underestimate the same-gender aggression part. Although in the last months of our dear corgi's life, they didn't have a bit of a problem. I often felt that one would snipe, the other would react violently, and then they'd really get into it because neither would back down. When the corgi was nearing her time, she just didn't have the energy to sustain a disagreement anymore.
Nine years they lived together, most of the time in harmony, sometime with vicious fights. We will not be getting two dogs that are both same-gender aggressive again.
So, we're preparing ourselves for the introduction of our new (male) corgi puppy to our 9 1/2 year old female shiba (who's been doing play-bows with the cat, so we think she's ready for another companion).
So, please don't underestimate the power of 'same gender aggressive'. Even if you do everything right, there can still be problems.
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