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I have a half Australian Shepherd half Border collie dog that is about 4 yrs. old now. (Her name is Tammy) We also have 2 little wiener dogs, Zoë and Monty. For some reason Tammy hates Zoë (the youngest one). A couple years ago, Tammy attacked Zoë for the first time. We thought that it was just a fluke, separated them and went about life as usual. Well it happened again, Tammy got out of her pen in the backyard when Zoë was outside and attacked her again.
When she does it, it’s like she’s going for the kill. It's so weird because she is the sweetest best natured dog around kids and other people, just for some reason she can't stand other dogs. She actually attacked another dog of ours also. We just have no idea what to do about it. We can't let her be any where around our other dogs. We hate to put her down because she's such a sweetheart and we've had her for almost 5 years so if you have any ideas that would be much appreciated.
Thank you for your email. At the age of five years this is quite a problem, as what I would usually suggest with a younger dog the remedy is lots and lots of exposure to other dogs, but this may just upset her too much.
What you could do is have her fitted with a muzzle, and then it would be much safer to mix her with other dogs. But like I said there is a good chance that at her age it may not really change her attitude. Still I think it will be worthwhile for you to try it.
If she still looks like she wants to attack your other dogs, even with a muzzle on, try throwing a big heavy blanket over her or saturating her with the garden hose or a bucket of water.
The idea behind this is that these are the things you would do to safely stop a dog fight, but I think it may be a good way of preventing one too. Perhaps if all goes well it may put her off wanting to rush in and attack the other dogs.
I am surprised that you have not allowed them to get used to each other before. Desensitization and perseverance is often the only thing which really works in these cases
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I hope this is helpful for you, if you have any further queries please do not hesitate to write me again I hope this is helpful for you.
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