I’ve always heard that if you are going to have two dogs, it’s best to mix the sex, to have one girl and one boy, otherwise you run the risk of same sex rivalry and fights. Is there any truth to this? What do I do if I want three dogs?
That is a commonly held belief, that two males in the same home or two females will fight with each other more often and more seriously than pack members of the opposite sex. While commonly held, it is certainly easily dispelled if you just look around at all the multi-dog families with multiple males or females in the home without a problem. It’s not really the sex of the dogs that is the issue, it’s the atmosphere and environment that they are raised in. They need strong leadership, consistent training and an understanding of proper and improper behavior. Certainly un-neutered males in their peak testosterone surge of say 1-year old are going to be a bit more excitable (just as teenage boys are), but as their leader, it’s up to you to establish the boundaries. Here’s just a few simple tips to help mitigate against issues:
- Treat them equally – that means equal attention, equal food rewards, equal training and consistency.
- Don’t allow resource guarding and that means of food, toys or YOU! Feeding them separately is never a bad idea.
- Establish clear and consistent rules for indoor and outdoor behavior.
- Exercise them together and let them work out issues through their workouts.
We have never had two dogs of the same sex, but I know that many of our readers have two males (My Brown Newfies), two females (My GBGVLife) or 3 or more dogs (Keep the Tail Wagging or Talking Dogs), I hope they chime in with some advice with tips or techniques that they have found helpful in coping with a multi-dog, same sex pack.
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