It is quarter past 11 and I have just completed my first dog behaviourist consultation, which started much earlier this evening. The session led by two ladies with a whole host of experiences with doggy behaviour and misbehaviour just a whisker short of them having enough knowledge to run with a pack of wolves themselves.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I have two Jack Russell bitches (mum and daughter) who fight a lot. It has been getting worse to the point where they cant go a day without a fight and a couple of times they have had to go to the vet with their injuries. Add to the mix a 3 year old toddler who they would never deliberately harm, but could get caught in the crossfire and you have a serious issue.
So, these ladies have now equipped me with an arsenal of things to try and get my two bitches to get along and enjoy life together. They are:
– Diet – turns out the reason why my girls love the current stuff they are on is because it has tons of additives in it which = irritability
– Distraction – getting the daughter bitch to think of other things rather than have a go at Mum – enter the concept of clicker training. We had a practice session tonight and she was loving it – I just need to make time to fit it all in(which is half the problem in that the daughter bitch isnt getting enough attention
– Corrector spray – no more complex than can of air but spray it during a fight and the fight tends to stop
– drugs and homeopathy – special room diffusers and collars infused with the smell of a lactating bitch (I have been assured humans cant smell it so we will see)
– Time out – Separation in the house and car (the main warzone areas) to diffuse tension between them.
– Getting Mummy dog spayed – then she will no longer give off the hormones that she would in a pack situation where nature dictates the bitches should be apart
So fingers and paws crossed all or one of these solutions works!
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