So we have 5 dogs. Yeah, I know we're "hoarders" but save that for another therapy session. I only say that because I want to make it clear we "know" dogs. In that group we have a Shepherd/Chow, an American Bulldog and the Pit mix (maybe lab?), terrier/poodle and a chihuahua/rat terrier mix. (Yes, the chihuahua completely owns the other dogs). Lately the Pit has been lunging at the terrier/poodle whenever people food is in the vicinity. They are fine at the food bowl which is full and available all the time ( We have NEVER had an issue at the food bowl and have done this for over 10 years). They each even wait sweetly for their turn when we hand out snacks.
That said, here are some possible triggers that I would love realistic suggestions given as to how to handle this:
1. We now have to give the terrier canned food because he has no teeth. I lock him in the bathroom so as not to have a fight over that..duh.
2. The terrier has always been "Momma's dog". He is not neutered. He sleeps on the bed and is always my shadow. Pit can't sleep on the bed because of size and he tends to eats things when not supervised. He seems to enjoy his kennel though so no issues there.
3. When the Pit does this, we put him in his kennel. I know I'm going to get that putting him in his kennel for punishment and bed is not great but I am at a lost for what else to do for "punishment"? Could the fact he gets punished because of his behavior towards the terrier be making this more of a problem? Don't get me wrong, sometimes the terrier provokes (stupid dog....) and we don't punish the Pit when the terrier starts it. Only when the Pit is being a dork.
I just don't know what to do. We were watching the Super Bowl and eating on the couch. The dogs (4 of them) were with us and (seemingly out of nowhere to any of us ), the Pit lunged across the couch at the terrier. No food was given to either dog, only humans were eating. The terrier is never injured but we are worried that it will only take once considering no teeth terrier is 12 pounds and Pit/Lab is fully loaded with all his teeth and weighs 65 pounds.
Would love help...guidance...suggestions...sanity?