Anything that they show agression over I would start putting them onlead for
so that you can correct and control the situation. When our two dogs
started to get possesive at all, even just a tiny bit, over something, they
were verbally corrected and the item of contention taken away so nobody gets
it. Then I try again later, and usually everything is fine. If you don't
feel your dogs will respond to the verbal correction alone, or the level of
agression is high (obviously so with the drawing ***) then have them on
the leads so you can control them. Some people say to just avoid the items
that trigger the problem, and this is definitely one workable approach.
Myself I prefer to try to train the behavior out first. As well as using
corrections, I also praise and reward when they share well and play well.
Just make sure you don't take unnecessary risks and that you don't test
things out without having your dogs leashed and in your control. It's
partly motivated by the fact that my dogs are pitbulls, but I don't allow
them to mouth one another at all when they play either, or paw up on one
another, they are allowed to chew and tug on opposite ends of the same toy
or bone and they do. I've had many people tell me to feed them seperately,
and to keep them seperate around favorite treats and bones. Instead, I've
chosen to be hyper vigilant and to correct whenever the first traces of
aggression have ever shown, and to reward for good behavior, it has worked
out very well. My older pup started out being food aggressive and
possessive when we first got our second pup, now they will eat happily out
of the same dish, and the younger pup will sometimes even steal food or
treats from her mouth. She has learned that half the time if she shares she
gets more out of it, treats and praise, than if she doesn't. I definitely
agree with the other posters regarding seperate kennel space. Whatever you
choose to do, best of luck to you.
>Our 2 year old pet beagles drew *** while fighting for the best bone.
>They generally get along and have been together since birth. They sleep in
>the same crate and have a big back yard to get excercise. I use chew toys
>to give a diversion from digging. These are treasured family pets. Thank
>you for any suggestions.