Why did my dogs fight when they have known each other for a long time?
I have three dogs. Two of them are pitbulls, one female and the other one male. The other dog is a small lab mix. The other day my dogs got in a fight. The two pitbulls ripped into the lab. It was a really serious fight. They have known each other for two years except one of them who came in about 6 months ago. I have been told that when pitbulls are in a pack that they are known to turn on one of the pack members. That if dog A has a problem with dog B, dog C will tag along with dog A and attack dog B. They said it was a pack mentality and I want to know if that is true.
Hi, I am in know way an expert and have never owned a pit bull, but I own 5 dogs and over the past couple of years there has been a change in our pack mentality. The oldest is 13 and the second oldest is 4 and they regularly scrap and although small really get into it. I have always presumed that as the 13 year old gets older she is stating her territory by having a go at the four year old. The 3rd oldest nips at them both to break it up whilst the youngest two just watch. I have noticed the more achy the older girl feels the more she has a go at the 4yr old.
Now that the lab is getting settled after the 6 months maybe your other dogs are feeling threatened and are just marking their place in the pack. One thing we do to show pack order is feed our dogs in order of age. They are all fed at the same time but the bowls go down in order.
Here is a link to an article that explains pack hierarchy.
http://www.canidae.com/blog/2009/06/und … t-matters/
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