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ok, again i have 2 dogs Sugar (w/c I got earlier) and Coleen.

they dont have problem,i guess, when they're young.

when Sugar menstruate, she became aggressive to Coleen only in one instance. It is when I hold Coleen on a leash and we go near her.

What I do now to ease the tension is I hold Coleen and we go near her. Sugar will bark in excitement/jealousy. I'll let her sniff Coleen's back while preventing Coleen from looking. Coleen's tail is tucked between her legs. Tension escalates when Coleen face her and they had a staredown. When this happens, I immediately take Coleen away.

Am I doing it right? I am thinking they're fighting for my ATTENTION because they dont fight when they play off-leash at the park without my presence. Or are they fighting for dominance? Or both?

Sugar always starts the fight.

Thank you!
 

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Hello, I have had a similar situation and I want you to know that there are no easy answers. I have been training dogs for the past 15 years and my success rate in this area is disappointing. Solving this problem involves a big commitment of time and energy and there are no guarantees that it will work. Sounds like you are already taking safety precautions by separating Coleen from Sugar when tension escalates.

May I suggest a few other things to try such as walking and feeding them separately, removing favorite rawhides and bones. May sound simple, but prevention is key to the process. You know that with each fight comes chances for serious injuries or even death. Continued fights makes this behavior in dogs worse and much harder to change. Enforciing these small changes and using as a training tool, gives dogs an incentive to get out of the habit of exhibiting bad behavior.

Offer Sugar and Coleen a treat or reward each time they perform a good behavior and don't forget plenty of love and praise. You will have to be consistent and work very hard to get both dogs to obey. Remember that a dog's number one goal is to please his or her master. Good Luck!
 
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