Rellim wrote:So, could this reborn puppy stage be responsible for the dog fighting? My aussie now thinks he is the cutest thing in the world and wants to be him mama. My older pit just ignores him, for the most part, and is now comfortable in the same room. Could Buck be attempting play, in an adult body, which in turn causes the defense response from my dogs? His antics otherwise are very puppy-ful and silly. Like when he gets into the rose garden, he slips through the fence and RUNS back and forth daring me to catch him. It is funny and silly. Or when he thinks I am not looking and sticks his nose under the trash can lid. These are all such puppy antics, you know. I am probably grasping at straws here . . .
no dog fighting is not puppy reborn at all. Now they are competing for attention. I think its way way way way to soon to have these dogs interacting..but I see by the above post you have let the dogs come into contact and sniff and come up on the dog in the crate. This can all lead to a big blow out, as you still are not regulating the dogs, you are taking the new dog for a walk still and still trying to handle him on wals (confrontation) you have your exisiting dog run up to his crate (confrontation) you allow the dogs to be loose when he is on leash coming into the house (confrontation)
I see a common worry that things are going too fast still.
The running in the garden when he is alone is playing, yes. But the ignoring, defensive behaviours you are seeing from the other dogs is worrisome.
I acutally have been thinking this for a few days..but now its time to say it again.
"give em a break!" and two weeks is just a first shut down, and a dog that was held in a shelter for this amount of time and at his devlopemental stages, he may need alot more one on one time . As will your other dogs to quell competion for "daddy"
See here is the equation , you do NOT have three dogs.
You have ONE dog THREE times. yup..its alot of work.