Hello I am new to the Dog Forum.
I have two dogs. A 3 1/2 year old Male. He is a bull terrier crossed with a Kelpie (Australian Cattle dog, 18kg). And a 2 1/2 year old Female. She is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossed with something else (15kg). We had the male when he was about 6 months old and then introduced the Female about a year later. The two dogs get on the majority of the time but do occasionaly fight. Just yesterday I left the house with my wife and the two dogs still inside. I forgot something so re-entered the house a minute later and the Female dog (Josie) attacked the Male (Jimmy). I broke up the fight but in the process got bitten on the leg. Josie is instigating each fight they have. And once the fight is broken up she is pulling to get to Jimmy to continue fighting. Originally they would fight over food and still do. But lately it does not have to involve food. It appears that the female is on edge and obviously has an aggresive streak which we need to find out how to remedy. After each fight we usually seperate the dogs for approx half an hour. Once we re-introduce them the female looks like she shows remorse and licks the Males fight wounds and his private parts. I think that she is trying to exert her dominance over Jimmy and is maybe confused over her place in the pecking order in the house. I hope someone can help with our problem as we hope to have children soon and this not a good enviroment.