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Friday, September 20, 2013

Multi Dog Household Safety

Multi dog household safety.
A few things to consider:

-Have several crates in living area and sleeping area. If trouble happens, pet parents can send dogs to crates  or throw them in the crates if necessary.
Crate acclimation:

- Have obstacles around to keep dogs from bunching up and to slow down charging dogs. These gates are lightweight and can be easily picked up to put in between dogs as well.  This might bunch dogs up even more so use with caution.
Or use them to separate dogs if a crate isn't handy.

- have water bowls stationed throughout the house. More water for dogs to drink plus can be picked up and thrown on fighting dogs if needed.

- Also keep blankets in various places around the house. They can be tossed on top of fighting dogs to distract them.

- Condition a positive interrupter.
Use it if you see any signs of trouble. Stiffening, hard eyes, lip curl, etc..

Jolly and/or baby talk also works for some dogs.

Carry a couple of light weight slip leashes in your pocket.  Safer than using your hands to get dogs apart.

If necessary, carry citronella spray on your person. 
only for series fights. not scuffles.

Maintain Calm
Consider Karen Overall" Relaxation Protocol:

Reward positive interactions and reward calm:

Reduce Stress:

Calming aids:

Couple more resources
Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household.  Patricia B. McConnell.

Fight!: A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-dog Aggression. Jean Donaldson.

Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs. Jean Donaldson.

An  article by Pat Miller in the Whole Dog Journal:

More on dog-dog resource guarding

Displaced Aggression:

Old Dog Doesn't Like New Dog:

How do you keep things calm in your multi dog household?
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