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    I've just moved house and since then our 1 year old (sharpei x english bull terrier) has attacked our larger 5 year old (whippet x bull terrier) 3 times. Twice has resulted in us going to the vet.

    We are quite attached to the bull terrier and don't want to get her put down. We are saving up to have her spayed (the 5yr old is already spayed) put we don't know what to do about it until then. Is it possible to buy a semi-muzzle that the small dog can wear all day? Is it possible to have the dog medicated?

    The small dog is the perfect pet 95% of the time, she plays, sleeps and spends time with the big dog and all the family and has never shown any aggression to anyone else. Its just every so often something goes snap inside her head and she attacks. The first two times it was over food but the last two times it was pretty much unprovoked.
    The big dog has the whippet personality and as such doesn't fight back or anything and is the most friendly and soft dog you could ever meet and is clearly scared stiff by the little dog (even though its half its size)

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    Do you have a crate... I would rather see a dog in a crate than wear a muzzle all day... try to keep them separated when unsupervised... and then you'll need to keep them together as much as possible when they are supervised if a muzzle will make you feel more comfortable use one then... you have some very strong breed combinations there and they will need an experienced hand, are you getting some obedience lessons, if not do so now... you might need to get a behaviourist in later... get your other girl desexed asap...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimbastaff View Post
    Do you have a crate... I would rather see a dog in a crate than wear a muzzle all day... try to keep them separated when unsupervised... and then you'll need to keep them together as much as possible when they are supervised if a muzzle will make you feel more comfortable use one then... you have some very strong breed combinations there and they will need an experienced hand, are you getting some obedience lessons, if not do so now... you might need to get a behaviourist in later... get your other girl desexed asap...
    The problem is that I'm the only one that can really rip the dogs apart when they are fighting and I can't hold both of them at once. Thus why I wanted the muzzle at least to ensure that the dogs do not get harmed anymore whilst we are training them. Its quite strange because obedience isnt really a problem with either dog, its just a brainsnap in the little one and she loses the plot. I work in mental health and its honestly like the little one has bipolar or schizophrenia!

    As soon as we can we are getting the girl spayed. Having to spend $1100 on vet bills just after moving into a new house is making it hard right now. The same with a behaviourist or anything thats going to cost $$$

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    There are many great muzzles around these days. Look for soft leather types. I think the muzzle is far preferable than the option of re-homing or euthanasia.

    I can't help you with the 'why' as I am not really knowledgable on training practices. There are many on this forum who can though.

    It is obviously something to do with the move though. Perhaps the BT is feeling a little unsure of herself because of the move??
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    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    Can anyone recommend a good dog behaviourist in the northern melbourne area? Also, some approximate costs involved?

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    We had to get a muzzle for my last dog for his constant barking while we were out of the house. I would deffinately reccomend the muzzle asap to prevent any further injury to your Bigger dog then you can work out why she is doing it safely!

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    Just went to the local best friends pet supply place and brought a cheap muzzle (the only one they had to fit) It lasted approximately 35 minutes before it broke...

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    Quote Originally Posted by llmoose View Post
    Just went to the local best friends pet supply place and brought a cheap muzzle (the only one they had to fit) It lasted approximately 35 minutes before it broke...
    Well thats one down, many more to go

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    If you get one of these dogs desexed - you will need to keep it in a crate to stop it from damaging itself. And that will help prevent the two dogs damaging each other. Ideally one (metal mesh) crate each, but if you're a bit cash strapped that might be hard.

    There is no such thing as a muzzle that can be left on a dog all day - especially in the company of another dog that it wants to attack, and unsupervised.

    National Desexing Network | Home
    these people or affiliated vets may be able to find you a cheaper place to get your dog desexed or give you a payment plan that lets you desex now and then pay as you go.

    Crates.
    LARGE 36' Collapsible Metal Pet Dog CAGE CRATE - Vebo Pet Supplies Sydney

    Note you need to train your dog to be comfortable in a crate. Some dogs have been known to eat their way out of a metal crate and damage their teeth considerably in the process.

    I don't know if you can hire crates in Melbourne but it might be worth asking your favourite vet. For the desexed dog, you'd need to keep it in a crate when you're not home for at least two weeks. But you will need to keep your dogs separated always when you're not home, so if you can find a way to buy one, that would be for the best long term.

    For behavourist in Melbourne ask Steve at K9pro to recommend someone. He's in Sydney/Newcastle but he knows good people in all states.
    K9 Pro The K9 Professionals; Dog Training and Behaviour Site

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    If you get one of these dogs desexed - you will need to keep it in a crate to stop it from damaging itself. And that will help prevent the two dogs damaging each other. Ideally one (metal mesh) crate each, but if you're a bit cash strapped that might be hard.

    There is no such thing as a muzzle that can be left on a dog all day - especially in the company of another dog that it wants to attack, and unsupervised.

    National Desexing Network | Home
    these people or affiliated vets may be able to find you a cheaper place to get your dog desexed or give you a payment plan that lets you desex now and then pay as you go.

    Crates.
    LARGE 36' Collapsible Metal Pet Dog CAGE CRATE - Vebo Pet Supplies Sydney

    Note you need to train your dog to be comfortable in a crate. Some dogs have been known to eat their way out of a metal crate and damage their teeth considerably in the process.

    I don't know if you can hire crates in Melbourne but it might be worth asking your favourite vet. For the desexed dog, you'd need to keep it in a crate when you're not home for at least two weeks. But you will need to keep your dogs separated always when you're not home, so if you can find a way to buy one, that would be for the best long term.

    For behavourist in Melbourne ask Steve at K9pro to recommend someone. He's in Sydney/Newcastle but he knows good people in all states.
    K9 Pro The K9 Professionals; Dog Training and Behaviour Site
    THanks for the help and advice.

    I could be missing something here but is the crate and crate training just to help keep the dogs seperate?

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