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    Can anyone help me with our dogs? We have a 4year old boxer female neutered and introduced Oscar a male king Charles 6 years, 3 months ago. It took some time to blend as there was aggression from the boxer but they have become good friends with the occasional spat now and then. Oscar was desexed on Friday and we brought him home to have Lily the boxer act very aggressively towards him and attacked him plus was trying to hump him we’ve separated them till now and tried them together again using food as a distraction only to have lily go from being rather placed one minute to humping Oscar and then attacking him, although she has not wounded him she makes a lot of aggressive noises and pins him down grabbing him at the neck (No piercing of skin which she could do quite easily I f she wanted to) we are very worried as to how we rectify this as Lily is of immense strength (She wasn’t raised from a pup by us was our sons dog who has her poorly socialized and we have found her so physically powerful that we have been unable to change all the bad behaviors yet she is the most unaggressive dog I have ever known and I would describe her more as skittish and jumpy for the most part) we find it very hard to control her once she has her sights set on something?

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    you need someone to help you ASAP. If you do not sort the boxer out properly she will continue, the smell of the vet clinic would have set her off. What area are you in we can reccomend someone?

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    I would also say it would be the strange smell coming from the KC dog. They can usually smell the anaesthetic, etc. when a dog comes from the vet after surgery.

    I'd get someone in to assess the situation. Where do you live? Perhaps we can recommend someone near you

    Also, how is your boxer's obedience/manners normally?

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    This isn't uncommon, I've noticed female dogs engage in various dominant behaviours towards neutered male dogs. Does he yelp or whine while being pinned down?

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    When i have had my dogs desexed, the other dogs attack it on return home. Its the smell. Im sure of it. But 24hrs later, and back to normal relationship.

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    Well, first thing that comes to me is that Oskar smells funny to Lily... the anaesthetic is excreted through their skin, urine, and breath, the smell of the vet clinic will still be attached to his fur, and now that he is neutered, his pheremones have changed as well... massive triggers for a tantrum by Lily.

    Boxers are a suprememly powerful breed, but are more known for their affable temperaments and sloth-like lap-dog tendencies than anything else... in short, Lily needs help to be the A1 pooch that she should be. Get onto a behavioural trainer asap. Her social skills will need a lot of work, and I also suspect hidden in your post, is that she probably intimidates you, so whilst you do your best to control her, she's able to get away with being rude, simply by her power stance. So to her, risk=reward {ie, no check on her when she's misbehaving}.

    In the meantime, I'd suggest crating them inpedpendantly and allow them out one at a time, at least for a few days, until Lily can be sure that Oskar really is Oskar, and you have spoken to a recommended trainer to get some advice on where to proceed from now.

    Boxers are the world's biggest lap-dogs, and I'm sure that with some good solid training and re-socialisation {over quite a while, this won't be an overnight fix, even though Boxers are very, very smart critters}, Lily will become an easy-going, sloth-like shining example of her breed.

    Good luck - of, and don't forget to tell people where you're located so the more experienced here can point you in the right direction with trainers.

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