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Q: How do you keep male dogs from fighting?

January 9, 2010 | By Christine R. | 6 answers | Expired: 1681 days ago

How do you keep male dogs from fighting?

I have a Pit bull who I have had since 6 weeks old he had never been aggresive towards other dogs until I got my American Bulldog back. They grew up together and got along fine. Bulliyo(my american bulldog) ran away when he was 5 months. We found him 5 months later(down the street chain up behind a abandon house)Him coming home brought out a side of Tango(Pit bull) I have never seen...he didnt remember him...or just didnt want him here...he wants to kill him...they fought one time when they got loose and ever since them I have been playing ring around the doggies...pluse Bulliyo's brother has come to stay with us(His owner..my uncle...took ill so we took him in)wants nothing to do with Tango and Tango shows no aggresion towards him but I still have never let them be near each other... i just don't know what to do i love them so much I guess someday Ill figure it out!!!

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Jan 13, 2010

I would suggest neutering first and foremost. That alleviates a lot of the tension and feeling the need to fight. It may or may not fix the problem, sometimes there are deeper causes than just territory and dominance. If this is the case or you are dead set against neutering (i still suggest getting them fixed) there are other ways. I would get a hold of a behaviorist and a trainer both. Training in obedience helps establish you as the alpha and the behaviorist will help you address the other issues your dogs may have with your or each other. But your best bet is neutering them both. I don't want to sound like a hypocrite because my dogs peacefully coexist and are not neutered (yet being the key word there though they are getting fixed with our tax returns lol) but I have put in extensive, almost obsessive amounts of time with training socializing. I hope you find a solution though. Best of luck to you.

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daryl b.
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Jan 12, 2010

i think it is probably politics. they each want to be top dog in the pack and that should be reserved for you

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Jillian
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Jan 11, 2010

if the dogs are not neutered, you should have it done now. neutering eliminates testosterone, relaxing their need to fight.
pit bulls and american bulldogs are both dominant breeds who need a strong and confident leader. both these breeds are natural leaders and will show no hesitation in filling a void at a top of their hierarchy if they don't see you acting as alpha. to establish yourself you will need to show you have control over them. this is easily done by eating before them and then asking them to sit while you give them their meals and also by having control over the best areas of your home. don't let them jump into bed or on the couch w/o an invitation. remove them from the area and ask them to sit and stay on the floor, then ask them to come when you want them up.
during walks, have the aggressor walk behind the other dog. keep up the pace so they can't focus on each other and gradually close the gap between them. try making their walks the first thing you do every day - and these breeds need a long, one hour walk {45 minutes on a quick pace}. the aggressor would also benefit from a doggy backpack, available online, b/c this will make his walk more challenging.
training dogs who live together not to be aggressive will take time and you may want to consider hiring a dog behaviorist {NOT A TRAINER}. you can find behaviorists online who many times will agree to a video of their behavior if they're not located in your area.

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Mary C.
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Jan 11, 2010

I agree with kiko53, but also neutering both should help with the dominance issues that are part of the fighting.

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Kiko53
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Jan 10, 2010

First you have to establish yourself (and other human family members) as the pack leader. Without a strong pack leader, the dogs will assert themselves to the position--and fight for it. The easiest was to do this is to walk them together on short leashes so they are beside you or following you, not pulling ahead. When they try to get out in front, they believe they are the leader. But they need to be walked together so they know they all belong to the same pack.

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Michele Z.
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Jan 10, 2010

Are the dogs neutered? It would help to know.

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