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Beagles fighting. Help!

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Hello, im new to the forum and im really hopeful that i can find some help in this matter.

I have 3 Beagles: 2 Males and 1 Female. (Mom , Dad & Son ).

The 2 males have been fighting each other for a few months now. Every single day.

Originally it started with me being the trigger (as soon as i went to the backyard and they saw me they began growling and placing their heads over the others "shoulder" , which i believe is a sign for dominance) and after they growl a bit the start fighting and even drawn a little blood on their ears.

This happened every single time they saw me. when i went out to feed them , when i went to take out the trash, went i got out of the house to go to work , etc...

(just want to mention that neither the males or the female are fixed, but i do have the female on shots to prevent heat. So its not like theyre fighting over her)

After a while i wasnt the only trigger. Nowadays every single member of my family triggers this behavior.

My mom told me that one day she got home from work, she saw the dogs resting on opposite sides of the lawn. while she was walking from the fence towards the front door the dogs ran towards each other and started grwoling at each other (hairs on their backs all the way "up" ) and as soon as she got inside the house and looked out the window , they were all back in their resting spots.

how can i stop this? , i worried about their health since i figure it cant be healthy to be fighting and angry half the time , and i also havent been able to enjoy my dogs for months now since the mere sight of me will start a fight.

help!?

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Maybe you should not put them together if they have been fighting a lot. Also, they must be vying for attention as to who is the more favorite between them two.

Feed them separately.

Watch out for warning signs of a brewing fight and stop them before they fight.

[SIZE=3][COLOR=black][B]Tips for avoiding fights:[/B] [/COLOR][/SIZE] [SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* Behavior modification work with your dogs is essential. Be sure to watch for next week's tip, "Aggression Between Dogs in the Same Household." [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* Never allow any dog to achieve dominant status over any adult or child. If dogs always know their social ranking and are never allowed to challenge people, they will usually be good family members, advises Gary L. Clemons, DVM. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* Feed dogs in separate areas, rooms or in their own crates. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* Do not toss treats out to dogs. Instead, have each dog obey a command, such as sit, individually, and give the treat right after he/she obeys. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* If any chance dogs will fight over toys, don't give the dogs toys unless they are in separate locations. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* Do not give dogs toys that fanatically excite them. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* Carry a small, automatic umbrella. You can pop this open between your dog and an incoming one of you fear a problem. It provides a surprise and a hiding place. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* Some dog handlers carry water pistols and water cannons. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* One Great Dane owner uses a cookie sheet to deter dogs from engaging in a fight. She has slipped the pan between the aggressing dogs, as well as banged on it to create a distracting noise. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* One multiple dog owner always keeps a sturdy buckle collar on the dogs, which provides a sturdy handle if needed. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* Don't permit tug-of-war or aggressive wrestling. These games can quickly escalate into a fight. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* Don't give dogs rawhides, pig hooves or other highly coveted goodies. At the very least, don't allow dogs free access to them. The dogs are likely to fight over them.
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[SIZE=3][COLOR=black][B]Ideas for breaking up a fight: [/B] [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]The way fighting dogs should be separated depends on the individual dogs as well as their typical breed characteristics. For example, pit bull specialists advise use of a strong "breaking stick" inserted into the mouth of bull-breed dogs, but not for other kinds of dogs. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]Be aware that a dog embroiled in a fight might bite someone who grabs him or who comes between the fighting dogs. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* Try pouring water over fighting dogs. Turning a hose on the dogs works better than dumping a container on them. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* Some dogs will stop fighting if you squirt them with a water bottle filled with vinegar, which breaks their concentration. Some folks use water cannons, citronella spray, pepper spray ([I]note: pepper spray, or mace, can cause injury and worsen the situation[/I]), airhorns or even stun guns. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]* Avoid putting your hands near the dogs' heads or getting between them to avoid getting bitten yourself. If another person is available, Trish King recommends each person picks a dog and grabs its tail or hind legs, pulling back and up until the dog loosens its grip. The grabber should then move away quickly. There is some risk, since dogs will sometimes turn and bite whoever is hanging on to them.
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[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]source: paw-rescue
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