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First off i'm new to the forums and am sorry if this has been talked about in some other thread. I've looked into this issue a far amount other places and couldn't find answers.

My roommate has two dogs one is a husk, maybe pit bull mix(not quite sure the pound said full husky but she seems to have something else in her) then we have a mut (no one knows what she is) both are female. the mut is older and husky is about 2. the husky was raised in our house since a puppy and has always been playful full of energy. When she was about a year old we had a friend stay with us with his Mut that we later took over for him

the two dogs got along for a while had no issues at all were good friends played though the mut had social issues do to past owners before our friend had abused her so she was ski-dish at first. the husky played and she stopped being as anti social and became happy in our house.

I would say about 4 months ago dominance wars started at first we just let them duck it out and only intervened to quite them when it got to loud. it continued though and became blood shed after a while and i and my roommate have had to pull them off each other more than once. the husky is now caged(out of my control) in our kitchen while the mut sleeps in my roommates room.

the mut is a very well behaved dog around people a little aggressive to smaller dogs though that we always knew about though. while the husky is very playful and now can't get within 3 feet of the other dog without barking her head off. Both are neutered. though the mut wasn't until after the fights started.

To my knowledge most the time a younger and older female dog can kill one another at these point if left unchecked in these types of wars. My question is how to train them and if it is able to even train the two dogs to get along.

the mut does not seem to be aggressive until the husky starts her barking. though i swear the huskys demeanor is playful rather than malice but that's due to wagging tails and such which might be totally off basis as I've never trained dogs before only owned one dog at a time before now.

I have issues with the way the he and his girlfriend are trying to train them and wanted some others advice any answers are appreciated
 

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Low, loose, soft wagging tails are happy tails. High, stiff, fast wagging tails are angry tails.

Unfortunately, this behavior has become ingrained. You shouldn't let dogs "duke it out". Then duking it out becomes a habit.

You should consult a behaviorist, this sounds potentially dangerous. iaabc.org is the website for certified behaviorists. Until you can get one, you need to separate the dogs and keep them separated. Buy some baby gates and partition the house or crate and rotate, i.e., have one in the crate while the other roams, then switch them. One or both of them needs to be crated or locked in a room while they are alone in the house. Don't rely on baby gates if no one is home, you could come home to one or both dogs dead.
 

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My apologies I'll have to add in some info to clarify,

At first it was friendly playing thats why we just let them have at it then the husky started getting into dominant positions like mounting (well I don't like calling her a mut so her name is mamas) mamas. when that started happening we tried to discourage that seeing that maams didn't like it and would start growling. we figured at that time it was them trying to learn who was the alpha so we let it be till it got more vilent and we saw hair raising and in the end actual fights.

Since then we have kept them far apart one in my roommates room and the other downstairs in a crate when we aren't around then only one at a time gets to run around.

I did have a question though: when the fights started mamas was getting a lot of attention for my roomies girlfriend and the husky would be kicked out of his room due to her abundance of energy and would be left outside the room all night while mamas slept in the room with them. I figured that might have been the cause of everything changing since one was getting attention and the other was not well not as much at least.

I'll try looking into a behaviorist by all means and pass the info on but I really am wondering if this is fixable or if they just need to be separated permanitly like give one of them away.
 
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