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Dominant male brittany

PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:05 pm
by benny1980
Hello all im new here and am after some advice as i am going a bit mad!. My names ben im from scotland i run a liver and white male brittany called robbie, hes 4 years old now and is a good working dog. I work him under my goshawk for pointing gamebrds and hes pretty good. The area i am having issues with is agression with other male dogs. I run him in the feilds near no other dogs cause i cant risk him fighting with other male dogs.When he was young he was fine untill about 2 then he started to fight with other intact male dogs, not all of them but a good few. His recall is good and he comes back instantly to me, drops, quarters, i can do direction with him as well. I put alot time into him with bobs and mor work on grouse. But now i cant walk him in the park off the lead as im afraid of him going for other dogs. He got socialzation young with my freinds brittany but when robbie became bigger (hes 20 inchs at the withers) the other britt went for him. We had to drag them apart and it was a full on fight with fur and some blood. A dog walking team took him out when he was 2 1/2 with strange dogs, however he seemed to find a place i the pack and was totally fine when his place was established. Hes not agressive with peolpe but seemed to growl at a man after we had to seprate his dog from mine. Hes totally fine with being stroked and plays well, no issues at all. Im debating if getting he snipped is a option but i hear this may not work, and theres a chemical chip as a alternative. Right now he doesnt play wth any male dogs at all. Id apprecite any advce you more experenced peolpe with britts can give. I also cannot trial him for this reason and its a shame as he got a thumbs up from a evaluation. Sorry for the huge paragraph ben-

Re: Dominant male brittany

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:46 pm
by Lisa
Hi Ben -
Just realized that I meant to reply to this and never did so. I apologize.

About 2 years old is when Brittanys reach maturity, and it's about the age when a boy dog is going to start having issues with other males...if they're going to have issues at all. It's actually fairly common for intact males to have issues with other intact males. Neutering him might help, but it might not. Removing the hormones might be enough, but the behavior may be so ingrained that he will still go after other intact males, just because that's what he's used to doing. Neutering wouldn't hurt, though.

If you can find someone with a really reliable, non-dominant, intact male, you could probably work on desensitizing your boy to other intact males. I'm not sure I'd ever really trust him 100%, though.

Sorry I don't have better answers for you! With behaviors like this, there's just no guarantee or fool proof solution. It all depends on the dog and why they are acting the way they are.

Re: Dominant male brittany

PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:47 pm
by benny1980
Hey lisa now theres a plan..i may try this...the vet said get a chemical castration chip which lasts for 6 months to see f that helps?.Ill try what you said.cheers ben-

Re: Dominant male brittany

PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:24 pm
by Barb Wright
Hate to put a damper on your idea, but neutering either physically or chemically is very unlikely to change the behavior of an adult dog. The only thing accomplished with any guarantee is that he cannot help make puppies. I agree with Lisa that probably your only likely chance of changing his confrontational attitude is training, training, and more training.