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Duelling Duxies
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TrueTenacity
Sat Apr 17 2010, 09:54PM
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Hi there,

We have 2 male duxies, a father and son...

Up until about 2 years ago, they have been absolutely fine together... then the father got a little sick and had to spend a few days at the doctor...

when he got home and ever since then, father and son growl at other constantly while they can see the other... as soon as they can't see each other the growling stops...

they have had a few scraps, but most of the time, they just growl... constantly... for hours...
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GerryR
Sun Apr 18 2010, 09:52AM

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Any two male dogs will almost inevitably start trying to see who's boss. Before the father got sick there was no dispute. He was the top dog and the son had to tow the line. When the father was sick and had to go to hospital, the son decided that he was now the king of the castle. When his dad came back, he thought that now he could take his dad on. So there is an unresolved situation here: who is actually the top dog? If both dogs are about equal in dominance, the conflicts could go on for years. The fact that there is no physical violence is good and bad. Good because you really don't want bloodshed and bad because only by having a real humdinger of a fight will the issue of who is really the boss get resolved. Perhaps a way to try and resolve this issue would be to neuter the son. After all, he is the one who is trying to get "above his station". By neutering him, and re-estiblishing the father as the top dog in his absence, you may just resolve the situation.

Be very careful about who you make a fuss over when they are together. Your aim should be to re-establish dad as the top dog by always making a fuss of him rather than his upstart son.



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TrueTenacity
Sun Apr 18 2010, 10:17AM
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Hmmmm, we've had both of them "fixed" already... but it was on the same day... I'm guessing that it would've been a wise idea to stagger the ops so that the son was away and when he came back, dad was still there being "top dog"...
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GerryR
Sun Apr 18 2010, 03:22PM

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Yes, I'm afraaid you're right. How are they getting on now?

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