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Turf Wars: CPDT Nicole Larocco-Skeehan on avoiding housemate hostility Two dogs can be twice the fun — but first they have to get along. Even the most simpatico siblings need time for their relationship to grow and flourish. Follow these simple steps at home to set your pups up for success from the start and help keep the peace between four-legged friends: Go for a long walk Structured walks are the great behavior neutralizer! Whether you have dogs who are ruffling each other’s fur or you’re trying to build a relationship between new housemates, going on long walks together can be beneficial. Not only will the exercise release endorphins (which make your dog feel great!), but pairing the enjoyable experience of a walk with another dog can create a positive association for both pets. manage triggers Several things can cause your dog to act aggressively toward a canine friend. Common stressors include pain, frustration, competition for attention from humans (or other dogs) and especially competition for resources like meals, treats or toys. Eliminating these triggers — or offering them only under controlled circumstances, such as when each dog is in his crate — can help keep the peace by reducing stress and preventing any potential guarding behaviors. Tip: leash up! ✓ You’ll need one human for each dog. ✓ Find a wide trail or quiet road so that you can all walk parallel to each other, with enough distance between the dogs that they can’t reach one another. ✓ Move farther apart if the dogs react to each other, but stay parallel. ✓ Walk until both dogs are tired and relaxed. The more often you can do this, the better! Tip: not all resources are created equal. ✓ Remember, some dogs have preferences: one may value treats more than affection, while another may be averse to sharing a stuffed toy. ✓ Each dog should have his own set of bowls, and meals should be served separately, either in crates or in different rooms. ✓ Be careful to eliminate competition and fighting anytime you introduce a new resource. And as always, make sure that there are enough treats to go around!


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