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28 April 2007 @ 05:23 pm
Jealousy Issues  
Harmony and Cookie's jealousy issues seem to be getting worse, especially when other people are around. Cookie never plays with toys, unless she decides she wants what Harmony is playing with and then they fight over it. They will both get one end and growl and tug so hard their gums sometimes bleed. And it's really hard for us to get the toy away, and even after we do they often continue fighting for a period. They haven't bitten each other, but Harmony did scratch Cookie's eye once, and we're worried ones really going to get hurt one day. I'm just wondering if any of you have gone through this and have any advice? Most of the time they're fine and they'll even snuggle together to sleep, but they're jealousy seems to becoming more frequent. Thanks in advance!
 
 
Karenkarendammit on April 28th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
I was watching a show on Animal Planet last night where some dogs were fighting. The animal behavior specialist said to take the dog that is showing aggression and give him a "time out"... which meant putting him in the kitchen by himself for a while every time he acted aggressively. I guess in your case you could either put the dog that is the aggressor and maybe even both in a time out away from one another when they do this. I'd also suggest taking the toy away for a while when it happens. It's much like time out for kids, where the dog/dogs wouldn't get any attention when they act aggressively.
Rory and Charleyseethewizard on April 29th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
When ours get this way, I squirt water from a sprayer bottle on them. Seems to help calm them down, and separates them so it doesn't get too intense.
tini_smomtini_smom on May 1st, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
Mine kinda do that too, except their gums don't bleed. I thought that bostons just sometimes played too rough because most of the time they clearly like each other. I always tell people that they aren't fighting, just playing rough (guess I was wrong). I'm interested in what others with two or more say. Also, I sometimes do what "seethewizard" does or just tell them to "knock it off" in a firm voice and that usually works.