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      First of all I am a new poster. We are Lab Lovers. We have a 9 year old yellow lab, a 7 year old chocolate lab. We introduced another chocolate lab 18 months ago. Within the past 3 months, the new pup is showing aggressive behavior with the older Lab. Trying to show dominance?? When this happens, both the yellow and the pup get into it. Bow up, growl, basically go chest to chest. We need help!! Afterward the separation, the pup will go back to the yellow lab and kiss and make up. But what can we do to understand and avoid this confrontation. Any help from the other members would be most appreciated.

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      Hello and Welcome!

      We have an older girl, Mardi almost 12 now. Archie is 6 and he is pushy around her. I make it a point to greet Mardi first, feed her first, give her a treat first. Mardi has limited mobility in her back end and I won't tolerate Archie pestering her or being too rough.

      Start NILF (nothing in life in free) with you new furkid. Treat, you have to sit, get dinner, you have to lay down and wait, outside, sit first, things like that. Keep a close watch on the new pup, he's pushing his limits.

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      Thanks Poptop. We always feed and treat by seniority. I agree she (all labs are female) is pushing her limits. The problem arises when out of nowhere they get into it. One minute everything is cool. Then the next they get into it. Usually it is when the pup (Kasey) starts nosing around when the older lab (Maddi) has found something to chew on. It is getting frustrating and we have to physically break-up a fight.

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      Are your dogs intact males?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Berna View Post
      Are your dogs intact males?
      Hi, Elena ~ he said they're all females.

      We had an issue with female/female dominance before...my experience wouldn't add anything positive to this thread.

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      get some serious professional training on the 18 mon old and quick, get the dog collar conditioned and off leash trained so you can control the dynamic or this young dog will end up attacking the older dog and hurting her,

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      Quote Originally Posted by SunDance View Post
      Hi, Elena ~ he said they're all females.
      Woops, missed that! Thanks Barb.

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      In the meantime, you might need to crate and rotate. How do you separate them?
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      Quote Originally Posted by wvaughn View Post
      First of all I am a new poster. We are Lab Lovers. We have a 9 year old yellow lab, a 7 year old chocolate lab. We introduced another chocolate lab 18 months ago. Within the past 3 months, the new pup is showing aggressive behavior with the older Lab. Trying to show dominance?? When this happens, both the yellow and the pup get into it. Bow up, growl, basically go chest to chest. We need help!! Afterward the separation, the pup will go back to the yellow lab and kiss and make up. But what can we do to understand and avoid this confrontation. Any help from the other members would be most appreciated.

      Thanks. Bill
      How old is the new pup that you got 18 months ago? The way I'm reading you have three dogs now? And this unwanted behaviour just started 3 months ago

      Can you describe what takes place in more detail for me? I seem to be slower than the others. I ask this because you say they
      Bow up, growl, basically go chest to chest.
      and the "bow up" part makes me wonder if these are play bows? And it's play, but rougher than you like to see? And maybe gets out of hand? Does if happen around food or toys? If not makes me think even more it might be misguided play.

      I do the seniority trick too. If anything it makes me feel better about introducing a hooligan puppy into a household of older cats.

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      could you provide some more info on the "fight"?

      Do the dogs ever play? does it look like rough play or is it absolutely fighting?

      "bow up" what is this?

      are all issues happening when toys are out? if so, step 1 is remove all toys and chew things. at least for awhile. Manage and supervise the dogs. And have a qualified trainer and behaviorist come over (preferably one that does NOT go on and pack order and alpha stuff which won't help the situation.)

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