Originally Posted by catsallover
What I've read also says that female/female aggression is almost impossible to stop once it gets going, so limiting the chances for it to happen is very important. Apparently, with female dogs, it's personal, whereas, in male dogs, it is territorial and they get over it.
Owning male working breeds, I know this is NOT true. Yes, it is territorial, but they do not *get over* it. They will continue to fight and each time it will get worse, they can't stand each other. When it is allowed to happen and they fight, it is a strong suggestion of things to come, each experience builds on the next, they don't just "get over it".
In some working breeds, male aggression is inherent and considered normal. It is common knowledge not to keep multiple males, and never unsupervised. Fights and their dislike of one another can get very very bad and can easily become personal, even the scent of the other will set them off. Females can be just as territorial over resources. The best combo is male/female, and even then, dominant and submissive really matters, it comes down to the dogs themselves. Many males let bitches walk all over them.
Personally, I think it is a leadership problem. Nipping and snapping are a warning. Believe me, if she wanted to BITE you, she would have. She is sending a message. Esp. the food incident, she is reminding you she is in charge and don't mess with her.
I think the NILF approach would work well with these dogs, with both of them. They need leadership from you. Basically, you make them work for their food and for everything. You are no longer just serving them for free. They must say a doggie "please".
You have to mean business. Be firm and consistent. Make the rules clear. Then her respect for you will go up.http://k9deb.com/nilif.htmhttp://www.dogbreedinfo.com/nothingfree.htmhttp://www.puplife.com/dogcaretips/n...ifeisfree.htmlhttp://www.blackacorndogs.com/train_nilif.html
Also, how much exercise do they get? They should be getting at least 30 minutes every day. Sounds like if she is hyper she NEEDS and CRAVES more exercise, and she is getting nervous and unstable b/c she is not getting that very basic dog need met. Exercise is right up there with food for many dogs, they need it to remain stable, happy, healthy, and balanced.
Many problems can come from lack of exercise.
How much training? Invest in training every day for 5-10 minutes and mean what you say. Don't repeat sit, sit, sit. Sit means sit on the first time I tell you. Most dogs like direction and are much happier being the follower rather than the leader. Teach her what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. It will make a difference. You must mean business, that doesn't mean be mean at all, set her up to win and make training fun for her and like second nature and a way of life - it does mean be firm and mean what you say, don't just say a command and not follow thru. That and scheduled exercise will make for a much happier dog.
I agree about the vet, taking them for a good check up will be very beneficial and worth the money. Sometimes there are medical reasons for problems.