Why is one of my dogs is mean to the other dog?

Why is one of my dogs is mean to the other dog?


I have two sweet dispositioned female maltese dogs, Pearl 2 yrs old and Winnie 11 months old. Pearl is grumpy towards Winnie. Sometimes she visciously growls at Winnie, Winnie eventually whimpers and puts her head down and Pearl licks her eyes. Pearl is always sweet to all humans and spends most of her days playing with Winnie. But when it comes to food, position on the couch or bed, and human attention, Pearl growls and barks like she’s about to attack her.

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    6 Responses to “Why is one of my dogs is mean to the other dog?”

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    2. Andrew says:

      always spend time with each. take pearl for a walk first then Winnie once she gets older. also don’t give either of them space on the bed, couch. feed them in opposite rooms at the close to the same room.

    3. owen womack says:

      Sorry to hear about your dogs. but dogs of the same sex especially females are very protective of their territory. thats why you should always get a male and a female. the best advice I can give youb is to just wait it out. dogs tend to forgive and forget after awhile.

    4. sammy says:

      This is normal dog behavior, if there’s any blood shed, consult a trainer.

    5. トトロ says:

      Girl dogs are always going to be bitter towards other dogs, especially towards other girl dogs.

    6. lilmissr0se says:

      It is an issue of territory, and as other people have mentioned, it is largely because you have two females. Two males would likely have the same problem, if not worse. Are they spayed? If you’re not planning on breeding them (and since it sounds like you’re a more or less inexperienced dog owner, you probably shouldn’t), they should be. If they aren’t, doing so might help. You need to correct the aggressive dog. It doesn’t sound like she is violent, but if you let it go she will think it is okay and it really isn’t. It could turn into larger problems down the road. If you grab her gently by her scruff and tell her, "Wrong," when she does it, eventually she will get the idea that you don’t like it. Praise her when she plays nicely.

      For future information, when you introduce new dogs to your furry family, always introduce them "butt to face." Face to face meetings between dogs can end badly. Introducing dogs by letting them sniff each others rear ends before letting them interact face to face can cut down a lot on aggression!