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Hey everyone,

We have 2 lab mixes - a young lab-shar pei female and a middle aged lab-german shepard male mix. We've had the male for years and the female for a few months. We got the female because our little Sheltie passed away and he got lonely/depressed and is much happier with a companion to play with.

They both have what I call the "lab" personality. Where they are very friendly, prance around like puppies, are good with us and the kids and love eachother.

However, they are competitors. Long story short, the female wanted both of the toys (the ball and the bone) and was not content to play fetch with me while the male just sat down and chewed on the bone. A struggle commenced, and he got a cut/bite (?) on his face, he yelped and walked away.

This worried us, because we've never had one dog hurt the other one before. We think she may have just been play fighting, and know he has a very low tolerance for pain, but STILL she did draw blood. Otherwise for the most part she seems to be pretty submissive towards him and other dogs. AND now we know to always bring 2 bones and 2 balls out for playtime so she can have one of each if she wants.

He's a very mellow fellow who wouldnt hurt a thing - we are concerned about her (considering we've only had him and Shelties in the past- who've all been harmless). Should we be or am I overreacting (considering this is the only bad thing I've noticed)?
 

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There are some stickies here you might find useful, such as training on bite inhibition and working on food aggression issues. I can see how working on food aggression issues could easily carry over to toy aggression and toys are a resource....so working on the resource guarding issues as well.

If I may play devil's advocate here for a moment.....what if in the next coming weeks or months the female decides she wants ALL the balls and bones? This is something to put a stop to as soon as possible in my opinion.
 

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>If I may play devil's advocate here for a moment.....what if in the next coming weeks or months the female decides she wants ALL the balls and bones? This is something to put a stop to as soon as possible in my opinion.<

I will agree with Rayneiac.^^^^^

The Bones are the problem. I would not feed them , as a small piece left in yard can cause a big fight between the two. I doubt they will fight over a ball.


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