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    They haven't been 'formally' trained, they do sit, stay and come when called and are house trained. They don't have accidents. They are walked daily and we have a very large back yard that they play happily in together. When they walk the younger one won't go unless the older one is there too. If the older one stops she sits. The aggressor varies, but I would lean towards the older one I think.

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    Thanks, we don't speak to them when we pick them up, but will try putting a towel or something over them so as to not to reward them for the behaviour. They spend all day together alone, so as there aren't any injuries when we get home and certainly never any blood, they either don't fight, which probably indicates we are the cause, or the fights aren't as bad as we think even though they bite each other. They may just scare us because we aren't used to dog behaviour.

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    They bare their teeth and will bite each other but we grab them probably before they could do any damage although as they are at home together alone all day every day I suppose if they were fighting they would injure each other then? They do walk together but the younger one won't walk without the older one and if the older one stops she will sit until the older one moves. To begin with we had to have the leads in the same hand or she wouldn't walk at all. The older one ignores the younger one when walking but the younger one doesn't take her eyes off the older one and copies her every movement. She may be overly dependent?

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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. We may well be the problem as I think usually it is the owners that cause the issues (similar to parents causing sibling rivalry really). We may have to look at a dog behaviourist as thinking about it whilst answering the questions through this forum, I think if the problem was here during the day when we were at work there would be injuries so they may only be fighting when we are here.
    Thanks again. Luckily people like ourselves only choose Maltese not big dogs!!!

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    I think it most likely dose not happen when your not there & if I am right about that it's over who owns you & who get what attention.
    You need to watch your not favouring either dog in anyway. I would not encourage an alpha dog(by fave older dog as you where) in your situation as there is no such dog fit to take the role. Play it straight down the line with everything fair & equel.
    In your situtation I would remove myself everytime they started & you'd be surpriced to see that most likely they stop to follow you. Meaning it is not really serous & more about having your attention & affection & who gets it.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Oh trust me, if it was serious there would be blood and injuries.
    Sometimes I think too, like with children that we feel we must step in to ward off fighting.
    My daughter in law does this and to my mind the kids do not learn how to deal with issues if mummy keeps stepping in.

    Yes keep things equal. I always do this. No one is favoured over another. I even rotate equally each dog that stays inside for the night.
    3 dogs..3 bones, equal attention. One comes over for a pat and the others want one too. They are told not yet and after I have cuddled one it is the next one's turn if they haven't already found another distraction.

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    hi hutchig

    I wouldn't bother with the towels - I think I'd just ignore the behaviour - like crazydog said, if you think it's over the top, just leave the room without saying anything to them. And if you go to pat one and either of them get grumpy, leave them both alone, put your pat away until they can both behave nicely and then pat and praise away, ideally both at once.

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    Patting both at once is great. 2 arms, 2 dogs.
    Having 3 poses a bit more difficulty, lol.

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    have similar question here.. i have two pups now a male and female shipom .. they came from diff. dog parents and lately I noticed that they seem to fight a lot, at first I thought they are just playing like normal pups do.. but not until I saw several wounds in their body because of hard bitting! the male pup seems really hurt, his neck and some part of tummy and ears been really hit that one time i noticed in bleeding a bit. should I separate them for the meantime? my girl pup bite real hard, not just that, she bite me one time on my finger when I was trying to give her food, but I don't think it's something with anxiety or anything like that because she seems to be a happy puppy, it's just that she is more aggressive than the male one. the male pup is sweeter, and he doesn't snatch food nor bite or growls.. any advice? thanks a lot.

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    I did what the members here suggested and ignored the behaviour by leaving the room every time they started to fight, or a couple of times I put them both outside and they immediately stopped. It must have been the right thing because now they hardly ever fight, in fact they are back to playing most of the time with the younger one grooming the older one alot. There was never any blood or broken skin though so I am not sure you should follow what I did. I doubt mine were fighting when they were on their own so there wasn't any danger of either being hurt I just wanted them to get along, I think your dogs sound a little more serious so you may need to be more cautious.

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