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originally posted by: AnonymousCitizen
We have had Gracie (German Shepard) since she was a puppy. She is about 2.5 years old. We live on a ranch and she has free run of the place.
Yesterday we adopted a male German Shepard, Oso. He is about 1.5 years old, and a little bigger than Gracie.
We made the mistake of introducing them on Gracie's home turf, and now they are both aggressive toward each other. We have not been able to take them off leash together yet, don't want to risk them hurting each other.
Both dogs are friendly to us, so it's not just a "bad dog". Neither dog is used to being around other dogs.
What's the best course of action here? How do we get them acclimated? Our goal is that they are both able to run free on our property.
originally posted by: loam
a reply to: Krakatoa
Same with any resource guarding. They don't own the food. You do.
If you do this right, they will be over it in a matter of a few days.
Make them sit and stay for anything that comes next. Never (at least for now) let them decide who goes first with anything. You decide...which also means you need to decide which of the two will always come before the other. That may sound crappy, but the truth is they show each other aggression now because of the uncertainty of their respective positions.
When you get through this period, they will be fast friends. Plus it's easier with opposite gendered dogs.
We made the mistake of introducing them on Gracie's home turf,
originally posted by: the2ofusr1
a reply to: AnonymousCitizen
Let them work it out with out any human interference . She will put him straight and he will come to be the best guard dog you could ever imagine ... I am curious as to there sexual standing ...fixed , not fixed ?