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Old 03-16-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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Hi all. I am hoping to get some feedback on how to handle this. I have 2 Yorkies. I have a 12 year old Yorkie, Hally, and, Zoey, who will be 2 yrs old in June. The 2 year old has been with the older one since she was a puppy. I have always kept them together during the day when I am gone. They get along o.k. and have always played. The younger one always gets jealous when I give the other one attention, but never fought, more just trying to get her out of the way so I pay her attention instead. They have never fought more than just playful fighting. Anyway, out of the blue though yesterday, when I was petting them both Zoey just ups and attacks the older one...and not in any way playful. I separated them. I just thought well maybe she just got really jealous, but it was still very weird to me. Let them back together after a little while and they seemed fine. Anyway, again today, I let them out at lunch to go use the bathroom and they both did, we came back in the house and Zoey again attacks Hally. I was in the other room and came running. She had her pinned with a grip on her ear and was just trying to tear her up. I had to pry Zoey's mouth from her ear, and as soon as I got her loose she lunged again, I stupidly placed my hand over my older dog and she bit me instead. She was biting hard too as I she broke skin and made me bleed all over. I separated them and kept one in the living room with a dog gate between them. Thankfully the older dog was o.k. and no skin was broken. Zoey is still even now trying to get at her on the other side of the gate, barking at her. I tried holding Zoey and calling Hally over and letting them make get over it all, she reached out and latched on to her ear again! The older dog is now scared of her. She is older and can't really hold her own like she could when she was young. Anyway, what would cause this all of a sudden? The younger one maybe coming in heat? I have not seen the signs of it yet, but I guess it is possible. Just worrying me how aggressive she is being. She has NEVER been an aggressive dog. I actually think she would do some real damage if she got to her. I am keeping them separated and taking out at different times.
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Are both the girls spayed? I have heard that there can be fighting issues if they are not fixed.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:11 PM   #3
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The older one is spayed. The younger one is not.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:26 AM   #4
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This doesn't sound like your situation but its an idea...

I have a 6 month old yorkie and a 4 year old husky. They are great together but when i play with the husky the yorkie gets really loud and repeatedly jumps and bites at the husky. We all think its cute but i think its cause the yorkie may think the husky is trying to "hurt" me and so he is trying to protect me from her.

He also bites and children if they try "play" hitting me. Again, seems like he's trying to protect me.
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He also bites and children if they try "play" hitting me. Again, seems like he's trying to protect me.
I think protection plays a part in it too, and may even somewhat be the original source. My other dog likes to play and she growls a lot and it sounds mean when she does so, but it is just her playing. The younger hates when she growls or plays as I think she believes the she is trying to hurt me. She has always tried to get between her when that happens. It was never aggressive though, more just dancing in front/between us to make her stop.

Now it is her just being aggressive toward her in general. I really think most of it is just jealousy. I can just be petting the other one and it now makes her go up and start nipping at her and putting her paws up on her back to stop her, even just calling the other one to me, she either tries intercepting her or getting in front of her.

The problem is, I don't know how to make her stop and it is strange that it has minifested itself when she is almost 2 to just all of sudden being that aggressive, especially her being so timid in all in most everything else. Tried putting her in her kennel. I tried fussing at her when she does it and giving a stern no. Tried separating them and giving indivdual attention, but can't keep that up for long. Tried just ignoring it, but you can't not give attention and the moment she sees me do so she goes and jumps on her again, even when petting both equally one on one side one on the other.

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Good Luck! I have the same situation w my Roxy who is 9 yrs. old & Jazzi who is 7 yrs old as of today. OMG! I just realized it's her Birthday as I'm writing this, lol.
Anyway neither one of them are spayed and I hear that helps. I just don't know if they're to old to do that. I keep gates up to separate them all over my house. It's a horrible way to live & my Daughters always come over & tell me I'm blocking the CHI or something that has to do w Feng Shui. I guess chi means universal energy, or the energy that permeates everything around us. So they say i'm achieving the opposite of what I want for the Dogs w the gates. They don't offer me any solutions though to stop them from ripping each others heads off! So I will keep watching your post and Hope you find the solution since I can't give you one other than we are blocking good universal energy, lol.
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The older one is spayed. The younger one is not.

From what I have read, unspayed females can be REALLY territorial. First thing I would do is get her spayed. It may well solve your problem and you sure don't want to have to decide between one dog or another.

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Thanks all for the advice. I may just have to go ahead and get the younger one spayed.

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Anyway neither one of them are spayed and I hear that helps. I just don't know if they're to old to do that.
Just FYI My 12 year old was spayed just recently due to a concern my vet had, and she did just fine.
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Good Luck! I have the same situation w my Roxy who is 9 yrs. old & Jazzi who is 7 yrs old as of today. OMG! I just realized it's her Birthday as I'm writing this, lol.
Anyway neither one of them are spayed and I hear that helps. I just don't know if they're to old to do that. I keep gates up to separate them all over my house. It's a horrible way to live & my Daughters always come over & tell me I'm blocking the CHI or something that has to do w Feng Shui. I guess chi means universal energy, or the energy that permeates everything around us. So they say i'm achieving the opposite of what I want for the Dogs w the gates. They don't offer me any solutions though to stop them from ripping each others heads off! So I will keep watching your post and Hope you find the solution since I can't give you one other than we are blocking good universal energy, lol.
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