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smudgeys_mum
00:08:44 Sat
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just recently my 2 boys father & son have been ripping shreds out of each other. weve had to cage them to keep them appart. it seems to be ned (son) which starts the trouble and my poor girl is torn between the 2, both boys are neutered any advice would be great as we are due to drive to spain with the dogs in a few months and I hate to think how bad the journey will be

  
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Sorry i don't really know what to suggest - If either of the boys had not been neutered then i would assume that was the problem, but as they have been its obviously not that.

Is there anything that triggers it off? Is it when there is food around, or particular toys?

Are either of the dogs acting particularly differently - i have recently been reading up on various health problems and quite suprisingly irritability come up very often as symptoms of health problems. If there is a change in the behaviour of one in particular and you can not see any other reason for this, it may be worth getting a vet to check him out.

Hope you many to resolve this soon - as you said a long car journey with unhappy dogs would not be very pleasant:luck:



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Katiesnowflake
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Is your girl spayed?

Boxers are prone to hypothyroidism & one of the syPtoms is a change in behaviour. Our girl that we lost last year due to liver disease was the most laid back girl ever. Then she started to snap & growl at our younger dog. 

To test for thyroid tell your vet to do TSH, T3 & T4. Simetimes when they dont do the full tests the results are inconclusive or wrong as our girls was. I lost my temper one day & told them something was wrong & they HAD to find out what. 

Sure enough results came back positive for hypothyroidism. Within a week of going on treatment she was a different dog, playing & happy & wanting out for walks with rhe younger dog. 

Thyroid symptoms come on very slowly over time & sometimes its not until something totally  out of character happens that you sit up & take notice

What age are the boys? How long have they been neutered?

I agree with Caroline - full vet workout to rule out health issues & if all okay that way it may be worthwhike getting a Behaviourist in.



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smudgeys_mum
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thanks for the advice will get Ned to the vet,asap get his thyroid checked. doesnt seem to be any triggers it just went from ruogh n tumble play to Ned attacking Oscar at any oppertunity.

  
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lilly got nasty like that towards other dogs after she was fixed and had her last cycle, how long has he been fixed?? her "boyfriend" she played with, almost daily she wanted to rip him to shreds too. she was fine one day n the next tried to take his poor head off...he was a gentle lab too!

  
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all dogs done my girl and big boy were both done 3mths after Ned was born , ned was done at 6mths due to retained testi. so the neutering isnt a new thing. up until a couple mths ago father and son were best of pals walked together and even slept together, dont know if a bitch in heat would affect then the same way.

  
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Any change in behaviour and mood is best to get checked out by the vet, so I would recommend both boys getting checked over.

Remind me what ages they are?

Sometimes the younger one can start wanting to be top dog over the older one. They might sort themselves out, but they might get worse.

I would definitely get them checked out and then seek the advice of a local behaviourist, or your vet

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