OK, so I've told you of my experience with the trainer, and the aftermath, and what lead to my phone conversation with the trainer and know that it has to do with Brut and his aggressive nature. Here's where you come in: How do you stop a dog fight that is already in progress?
Jen on My Brown Newfies about using a small fog horn and we bought a couple. We think they are a great idea for outside, but we really need something for in the house. Brut's aggression tends to come in waves and are triggered off more when my husband is around. Behavior changes for Brut or hubby are out. If I haven't changed him in all these years, I don't think anyone else is going to. BOL! Hubby also tends to think of the dogs as big puppies and is
The two trigger points of time are when my husband first comes home and while watching TV after snack time. Brut's possessiveness of Daddy can be pretty strong. Zappa is always the main target. I think we have went for the last 6-8 months with only a few minor confrontations until his aggression flared up again these past few weeks. We found the cause (something I'll explain in a later post) and for the most part things are dying down, but I'm looking to prepare for the next time.
I have come up with a few ideas, but I would like to hear yours first. I will say that calling Brut's name doesn't work, it is like a "attack" signal for him. So what have you heard, read, seen, tried, didn't try, learned or just thought of that you have found or seen that works. We are open to all suggestions, under the guise of course it isn't hurtful to the dogs.
For those of you concerned, the fights that do occur, I take serious, but they are not dangerous. They are like an extreme case of "bitey face" or challenge or an over exaggeration of a "correction" if you will. None of the dogs have ever had more than a scratch and those have been few and far between, like many of these kinds of fights.
Thanks for sticking through this with us. We look forward to your ideas.