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How to stop two dogs from growling and fighting

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I have three dogs. A two year old German Shepherd, a two year old Golden Retriever, and a six year old mix(beagle and some kind of herding dog).
The German Shepherd is great. Off Golden is now growling and occasionally fighting with the mix. The mix likes to try to herd the Golden when they go outside. The golden doesn't get mad at that time, but in the house he will growl when the mix comes by. They will both growl at each other and then sometimes fight. I'm at a loss. I can't believe my golden has that in him. The mix is my son's dog and he can not taken him where he is living, so we have him. He gets along great with the Shepherd. They got into it once and the Shepherd put him in his place. They are buddies now. The Golden and they mix just can't work it out. What do I do??
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Welcome to the world of crate and rotate. You need to keep at least one, and ideally, two, barriers between the mix and Golden inside the house. The situation probably isn't as volatile outside because the Golden has more room to get away from the mix.

I think, from your comments, that the Golden and the mix are both males? If so, there could be a bit of same sex aggression happening, which adds fuel to the "don't get along" fire.
The dogs have been together since March. I feed them separately. The growling is in the house when one of walking by. I take away any toys to make sure it's not over that. It is not constant. In the house the Golden growls first normally. Outside, the mix herds the golden.
I know people who's dogs got along for years before one of them decided that the other had to die, and who could never even be in the same room together after that.

Crate and rotate is a pain. I've done it before with three dog combinations, and it sucked. It was worth it to not have fights, though.
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