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    My boys ARE having issues, you know the two Huskies dragging me everywhere! LOL! We have made major progress on that!!! Our new boy, Finn, who is absolutely adorable, totally loving people contact, being involved in every aspect, until bones are involved. Totally supervised with food, but Zultan (14mths old) enjoys every mouthful of food, give him a bone, and he will take days to enjoy it. Finn, as a new addition, is a vaccuum when it comes to food, not used to that and with bones he fights and protects and they both fought and neither were backing down and ultimately Zultan was hurt, admittedly not to the extent where we needed to take him to the Vet, but there is a concern of care for Zultan.
    I understand Finn is now pushing his boundaries as he is comfortable, and since " the incident", bones are no longer in their diet for the time being, but asking for any advice to resolve the issue.
    We have hand fed Finn, taken bones from him so he knows we are the alpha, he has chewed on bones while I have held them for him and then given the bone to him, but once Zultan is in the equation he becomes defensive.
    I`m sure someone knowledgeable will be able to give some advice
    Thank you, I am not giving up on Finn!! We will work it out.
    So sorry it is so long. Anyone that gets this far needs a medal!LOL

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    Feed separately. For all meals. I wouldnt risk it. My two current dogs eat bones together - but neither will seriously be arsed fighting over food as they both know they'll get plenty. Cappy on the other hand hated food but would protect it with his life - cause he learned early that if he didnt eat it - sandy would.

    New dogs here never get fed with the others and even now I rarely leave these tow alone at breakfast or dinner as I know Billie will try and snaffle whatever she can get from her bowl and flash's - and the old bugger will let her.

    When he first came here he and cappy had a fight over a bone flash had buried. Cappy came through the gate and flash had buried the bone next to the gate. Cappy sniffed near the bone and flash launched at him. I didnt stop them - I walked away and called cappy. He came - fight over. Checked them both out and since they were fine ignored the bastards for a good hour.

    Never had with the boys til cappy died. Flash now knows he will be getting his squares so doesnt stress - often waits on his bed til I am ready. Billie dances for hers and will eat the food before it hits the bowl if she can.

    When pup comes he will be fed in his crate at first or his pen and will only be allowed bones alone as puppies tend to have no sense of personal space.

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    I have two greyhound fosters with me at the moment who are complete food nuts. And one that will certainly be aggressive with other dogs over it. I feed them seperately. They actually relax if they know that they go to a certain spot to eat, and no other dogs will invade that space.

    One of them goes in a pen and he's happy. The other I just put on a lead, and tie him to the same spot at the fenceline. He will even sit there for a little while to eat a bone while I'm pottering in the garden (so he's supervised while tied up) quite happily. He knows it's his eating spot, and the others respect that as well.

    If he gets a bone in the yard with the others around him he gets really upset and wound up and did once lash out at one of them (with expensive results after the vet trip and course of antibiotics!).

    Maybe if you can figure out a way to separate them for eating time you will reduce the stress levels involved and gradually he will just learn that he doesn't need to fight for it.

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    As usual guys, good advice! I have been feeding seperately since the incident and will just continue as it is not worth one or both possibly injured seriously.

    Finn actually suprised us both today, we have them both in the run when we are at work, today arrive home to find neither anywhere to be found. Called and whistled to which Zultan responded but not Finn, so off we went in separate directions in search, calling his name constantly. As we live in an area where there is alot of bush we knew it would be highly unlikely to " just come across him". After an hour of walking and driving around the estate, up and down gullies and fire escapes, we decided to go home and ring the local pound to see if he had been picked up by the ranger.

    Arrive home to find Finn sitting and waiting patiently for us to return.
    AMAZING!!!!

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    Awww...that's great Bonniek!
    You'll be ok! You're doing well.
    I'm new to the whole 2 or more dogs thing,
    I've only ever had 1 at a time, and since getting my pup Lola 6 months ago it's been a big learning curve...My girls a similar to your boys but the jealousy/agro happens over toys and bones only.They can eat next to each other without any problems. Whenever they get a new toy (each) they both want to play with the one So they either get seperated while having a bone or supervised. I don't worry about little tiffs over toys, they can deal with it but if things get heated a spray bottle filled with water does the trick everytime. They're both inside dogs so It's easy to see what's going on.
    Things get better with time too, once your original dog gets comfy with the newbie and once the newbie feels comfy, secure, knows it's limits, knows who's boss etc.
    All the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonniek View Post
    Arrive home to find Finn sitting and waiting patiently for us to return.
    AMAZING!!!!
    Cheeky bugger! Just when you were starting to really worry no doubt!!

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