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Old 11.04.2020, 11:39
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Re: Urgent...trainer needed for our small dogs

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We have a 7 month old male Jack Russell and a 6 month old Fox Terrier, also male. They have been happy living together and sharing their training bedtime cage for 4 months....however, recently they have now taken to being unable to be in each others company except with supervision as they attack each other...mainly the Fox Terrier is the instigator....and the Jack Russell knows how to play him....So...

We have details from our vet of a specialist trainer to look at the dominance issue and he is happy to give them a trial, but its going to be another month, we can't wait that long as our life is unbearable with them at the moment and they are both wearing muzzles for most of the day....not good for them either.

Does anyone know a good English speaking (preferably) trainer for one to one training? We are in the Zurich Oberland, but happy to go out to Zurich or up to an hours drive.
This sounds like a difficult time. I am not a trainer, jusy a dog owner with 18 years of experience sharing some advice.

If you can, try and separate them as much as possible so you can remove the muzzles. I understand they are for their own safety but not an ideal solution.

Door gates on a room or two to give each one their own space, rather than a cage during the day. You can put some mesh /fabric on the door gates to prevent contact. If you can't allocate two rooms then divide a big room. There are baby gate systems which can do this.

Feeding them in separate areas as well and walking them separately may help as well as dividing their toys. Definitely a second cage for the night.

Perhaps this is just a stage where one dog is trying to establish itself as the alpha dog. We went through that as well. Eventually the other 2 dogs accepted that. We as humans were still the pack leaders, but amongst the dogs, one was the top dog.

I hope you can figure out a more peaceful arrangement while waiting for an expert assessment.

Did you recently move? We found that moving was initially very unsettling for our dogs as they had to find their new spots. That also took a bit of time to work out.
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