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    See my first advice would be see a good vet and have a thorough vet check completed on your girl. Dogs dont just fight over nothing. It is quite likely she is in some pain, think how grumpy you are and how much more likely you are to snap if you are in pain. Much more likely.
    My first stop would be a very good chiro vet we have here in South East Queensland to have a thorough muscular skeletal and normal vet check done. If something was found work with the vet on fixing the issue (if possible), if something that is not fixable or life threatening (cancer etc) then I would probably start considering PTS, I would also consider PTS if health check shows up no signs of health issues, because then it may be neurological OR she may have just decided she no longer likes him, it happens.

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    Well I agree with Bernie too except for one thing - I don't think your dog will challenge you when you're sick... Well I had a terrible case of food poisoning and let's just say I was glued to the toilet for 48 hours. There was only one being who wanted anything to do with me during that period and that was of course Sammy. He sat with his head or paw on my lap all night - I ended up sleeping on the couch and he slept on the floor rather than go back to his bed.

    Akita's are tough dogs, but I don't think you're getting any respite from the ACD side either... I agree with the other poster as well - not backing down may cost her her life, but backing down may cost her her spirit and either way I'm not sure you'd still have your dog If they have misdirected to you already, don't wait for it to happen to a child. I remember when I was a child and my dog was attacked by an ACD (he was a terrier cross). I had no hesitation, I ran in and tried to save him so you have to remember that kids think differently from humans (mind you I also saved a 9 week old Sammy from a Pitbull cross whose owner confessed that he had killed puppies before and I was 22 then so age doesn't always help) but still, kids can try to help and get badly hurt in the process.

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    I know the vet says no health issues but to be honest I think after so many years your dog has deserved a second vets opinion and maybe even a third? I agree that rehoming her is probably going to be difficult but have you thought of rehoming your boy? It might be easier to find him a good home if he is younger. Is there really no way how you can separate them? You say you have a dog run, can't you use the dog run for one of them on alternating times (i.e. mornings: he; afternoons: she) or something like that?

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    Sorry but I disagree with most of the posts here.

    Get a second opinion on the old girls help, and failing that how about tying the dogs up so they cant reach each other when the children are playing in the yard. That way, you know the dogs cant start fighting and the kids can play happily out there.

    If that fails, I would keep the old dog and rehome the younger one. You have had the older one longer and she deserves to live out her FULL life with the family she loves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    I know the vet says no health issues but to be honest I think after so many years your dog has deserved a second vets opinion and maybe even a third? I agree that rehoming her is probably going to be difficult but have you thought of rehoming your boy? It might be easier to find him a good home if he is younger. Is there really no way how you can separate them? You say you have a dog run, can't you use the dog run for one of them on alternating times (i.e. mornings: he; afternoons: she) or something like that?

    Ahh this is a good post.

    And I agree with running each dog individually, especially if the kids are outside. Aftrerall, the issue isnt the kids being outside with the dogs, the issue is only if the dogs start fighting if the kids are out there and get in the way, You can easily solve that by making sure the dogs cant fight when the kids are out there.

    I find it quite ri**** that more people have suggested this simple solution for when the kids are playing outside.

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    Yes, I agree wholeheartedly with the previous posts from Lala, margoo and Keira & Phoenix.

    I just truly love, respect and admire the oldies ! Your 11 year old 'Lady pup' has well and truly earned her stripes and deserves better than what has been suggested here.

    There are many ways to solving this problem so that all members of the household are safe - BUT - the first thing would be - a trip to the vet - and I would do that as soon as possible. There could be so many reasons why her behaviour has changed. My initial thought from what was said - was that the problem is pain - but could also be a myriad of things that affect an older pup. - such as - loss of eyesight capabilities and/or hearing problems or even early stages of dementia. So, the vet would be the first port of call to be able to help you there. At least you will find out what is wrong, if anything with her. As newfsie said there are many ways a vet can help with old age in our pups.

    I would also help her to retain her previous status by allowing her first of everything. I will explain by giving an example:

    When I got my 'male rat-bag pup' three years ago, my female was nine years old and he was just two years old. Like any typical male he was so full of himself - so we had to very kindly put him in his place. My girl was treated by me as always first - fed first, she was 'fussed' first at the beginning and end of the of the day. The boy didn't like it very much - but there were no fights. He soon worked out that life was pretty good here - as long as he knew his place. Just a suggestion - as it worked here at our place.

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    I wouldnt go that far myself. Most dog owners are pretty crap at reading who is the "first" and giving the older dog everything first may make things even worse.

    We dont do heirarchy in our house. Whoever gets to you first, gets the first pat its as simple as that. They are fed together at the same time etc etc. We have done this with all our dogs and we have never had a scrap.

    The rest of your post I very much like.

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