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Two of my dogs got in a fight this morning at feeding . The young dog eats so fast he stands there looking at the other dog eating and that pisses the older dog off and he growls . Then that pisses the younger dog off . I usually stay between them so they don’t fight . I usually can get up all of the poop before the young dog finishes eating and get between them . Today the poop was frozen and it took me longer and they got into a fight . The younger dog is bigger and was getting the best of the older dog . I had to use the boot and then I grabbed him by the scruff of the neck before he would stop . Then he growled at me with crazy eyes and I showed him where he was in the pecking order . I shook him by the scruff of the neck until he yelped and summited . I am not going to have a dog that fights all the time ( and he doesn’t , just at feeding ) or one that bites the hand that feeds him . His sire was a fighter and that was one of the many reasons I got rid of him .
 

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I have been fortunate over the years as far as fighters I did have two gyps one bigger than the other that would fight occasionally @ feeding time - with the Bigger one winning BUTT one day the little one KICKED butt with a fair amount of blood-nothing serious- That fixed that-NO more FIGHTING
I do kennel mine together and some Growling as one eats faster then the other

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I ain’t going to go through that , it only takes one less than a minute to eat and the other about 2 or 3 minutes . I will just keep getting between them while they are eating , I like taking the bowls out as soon as they are finished so that they don’t Pee in them or get poop on them . Maybe enough neck scruffs will fix the young one . I can take a little growling , but not fighting or growling at me .
 

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I sold 3 off & only kept 1 dog 5yrs ago and started over because of the fighting issues. Got tired of breaking it up all the time and getting them stitched up, holes and gashes on their faces and ears they had puncture holes through them. They got to where they’d fight weekly over just about anything. Vet was stitching them up again before the last injuries had healed. Definitely not worth the hassle
 

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Take the advice given above and go ahead a separate. I had put a young dog with my best grown dog last month, and could tell there was tension when I went back to the house. My gut told me to separate them, but I didn’t because it was supposed to be cool that night and I had just increased kennel runs but needed another house. Wrong decision.......when I returned the next morning my young female had mutilated my best dog. I mean a pure blood bath everywhere, and the old gyp full of puncture wounds. I really wanted to kill the young dog, but had to realize they are dogs and Mother Nature has her own set of rules. I just didn’t use the good common sense GOD has blessed me with. Good Luck!!
 

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I have 2 males i keep seperate....only time they try to fight is when I let all 4 if mine out to run the yard and one of my females will be coming into heat. I broke up the last fight pretty forceful......held the male that started it to the ground by his neck for a few minutes scolding him......now before he starts he will look at me and our eye contact is enough to stop it before it starts
 

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Often times , once they get into it for whatever reason , its fair to say that one day you will walk back to the kennel , and it will be a blood bath. They don’t forget. Likely just a matter of time. I would separate them , or get rid of the lesser of the two.
I agree JDW, you will find the old dog dead in the box, even if its not feeding time. If they growl they will fight. I never put 2 dogs together because of what is happening to you. Where I live its twice as cold and each dog has their own dog house with plenty of hay for bedding.
I do not want to try and bury a dog in 2-3 foot of frost. JMO
 

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Take the advice given above and go ahead a separate. I had put a young dog with my best grown dog last month, and could tell there was tension when I went back to the house. My gut told me to separate them, but I didn’t because it was supposed to be cool that night and I had just increased kennel runs but needed another house. Wrong decision.......when I returned the next morning my young female had mutilated my best dog. I mean a pure blood bath everywhere, and the old gyp full of puncture wounds. I really wanted to kill the young dog, but had to realize they are dogs and Mother Nature has her own set of rules. I just didn’t use the good common sense GOD has blessed me with. Good Luck!!
Don't double them up then no problem. 3-4 members at our club lost dogs due to fighting, a good friend doubled up two very good foxhounds and one ended up dead. I will not take the risk. I like my dogs, can't watch them at night or if your are gone. JMO
 

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Fighting seems to be a genetic problem. I had a female that was a fighter. A friend of mine had owned the mother who was also a fighter but they were both excellent rabbit dogs and both caught a lot of rabbits. I bred the female and several of the pups turned out to be fighters. I have gone away from that bloodline. I know several people who run that bloodline and they have trouble with fighting. One of the guys had a fight break out in the box while he was driving. He had to stop and pull the dogs out of the box on the side of the road and had a heck of a time getting them separated.
 

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Right now mine just seams to be food aggressive . I can touch him while he is eating out of his bowl and he wags is tail . I touched him today when he went to the other dogs bowl and he growled at me . He got scruffed again but not as hard as yesterday before he summited . His hair was still up on his back though . He is just as gentle a dog as I have seen other than feeding and it is only when he is eating . Sometimes before I bring the food bowls in , I clean up the poop and he is not aggressive at all , he barks the whole time at the food bowl wanting it , but he doesn’t do any growling . And he ain’t skinny , he is solid as a rock and maybe a touch heavy , but after Saturday he will be running 3 or 4 times a week .
 

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Right now mine just seams to be food aggressive . I can touch him while he is eating out of his bowl and he wags is tail . I touched him today when he went to the other dogs bowl and he growled at me . He got scruffed again but not as hard as yesterday before he summited . His hair was still up on his back though . He is just as gentle a dog as I have seen other than feeding and it is only when he is eating . Sometimes before I bring the food bowls in , I clean up the poop and he is not aggressive at all , he barks the whole time at the food bowl wanting it , but he doesn’t do any growling . And he ain’t skinny , he is solid as a rock and maybe a touch heavy , but after Saturday he will be running 3 or 4 times a week .
Even though you scruffed him up his hackles are still up so he is showing that he is still the alpha. I would throw him down on his side, grab his neck, putting pressure on it just like a dominate dog would do. I would never allow him to growl at me and get away with it.
I have a female that I got 1 year ago that had no manners , it’s a constant fight with her. She tries to bully other dogs in the dog box and coming out of the dog box. She fine 3-5 times out then challenges me again. I grab her try to put her on her side and she fights being in that position. I literally have to pin her down while I squeeze her neck. Eventually she will relax/submit and stay in that position until I allow her up. She just doesn’t get it yet, I will be the winner not her. She needs to respect me, not challenge me.
My dad showed and told me that when you are working with animals there are two ways to train them. Train by fear or respect, he said it must be respect, but sometimes you have to instill some fear to get the respect. No truer words said! JMO
 
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