Female Dogs Fight Constantly

Female dog fights will only escalate, seek outside help.


Q. I have four Pekingese dogs, two males and two females. The two females fight. One female just lost sight in one eye due to a fight. When I open the back door to let them in or out it will spark a fight at times. I feel like this is my fault. I have been injured trying to break them apart. My husband and I need help.

A. You have a very serious problem in your Pekingese pack! When a female dog takes this much of a dislike to another female in the same household, it’s a situation that can only rarely be made better. Fighting between female dogs is typically more volatile if one or both are intact (not spayed), but at this point, with this much enmity between them, spaying probably won’t help.

I’d suggest you immediately ask your veterinarian for a referral to a board certified veterinary behaviorist. A veterinary behaviorist will be able to assess the situation and prescribe behavioral medication for one or both dogs if she or he considers that a viable solution.

In the meantime, you must absolutely manage your fighting females by keeping them securely separated at all times. Fights between female dogs usually become more severe each time they fight, and if one dog has already lost an eye, another fight could very well result in her death.

Sadly, it’s likely you’ll find that the only safe and permanent solution to this dangerous situation with your females will be to choose one to keep, and find a new home for the other.


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Beth   Waterford, New Jersey

3/29/2015 6:15:26 AM

I have a 7 yr old boxer and a 1-1/2 yr old lab mix. We rescued the lab when she was 8 weeks old. So the lab has grown up with the boxer. They are both females. Just recently ( a couple months ago) a new neighbor moved in next store. They had dogs and my dogs were not very happy. The would run to the fence bark and carry on. Now my 2 dogs would always play and seemed very happy. But after these people moved in next store its been rough we had to put up a 6 ft fence to keep the dogs from wanting to attack my neighbors dogs. Now the past 2-3 weeks we had had about 3 incidents with our own dogs fighting with each other. Not sure if it is a dominance thing. But now our life is turned upside down because we keep them separate at all times.. I have three children and I don't want anything to happen to them in case the dogs fight again. I love my dogs and feel like I can't get rid of one please help is there a way we can all live happy again..

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omar   alexandria, International

8/21/2014 4:59:39 PM

hello i have 3 females and they are constantly fighting usually 2 attack 1 female and they are very aggressive that she nearly lost her ear, i dunno what to do, any advice would be really helpful I'm afraid they will kill each other

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kristo   pretoria,

7/15/2013 12:20:55 PM

The first thing you need to know while keeping more than one dog into your house is that dogs live through many specific rules driving them to react in certain specific way and
For instant; aggression between members of the same group are used in the animal kingdom to establish pack structure! Reason being, in the wild in order for a specie to be perpetuate, only the accurate specimens into the group meet to reproduce themselves! This specific characteristic determining whether or not if a specific group member is suitable specimen for the perpetuation of that specie, will include not only mental but as well physical relevance!

However challenging each other into a pack could be really frequent and more intense than simple argument during feeding time between two dogs, especially in case where you have got two specific member of the group that are not so far from each other when it comes about their abilities to meet the requirement to earn a specific rank place into the same pack! And in this kind of case, you will be facing many dramas over and over again and this behavior will be keeping escalading to the level of some deadly fights with more and more terrific damages trust me I have seen worse!

I have many years of thick experience in that filed as a professional Trainer and your case is not impossible to solve, if you stay at Pretoria, just drop me an email so that we can make an arrangement for me to help you to solve the terrific problem you are facing! I can help you to get this problem fixed in less than 10 training sessions.


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Angina   Pretoria, International

6/17/2013 6:47:58 AM

First off, the door thing is about dominance: who is more important because that dog gets out first. YOU are the pack leader. Take a dominant stance at the door and chase them back when they want to rush through. They can only get out once they have calmed down and accepted your authority. Do this every single time. if they get past you, fetch them back and do it again. It will take a while but once you make it clear that you're the boss "dog" they will feel less inclined to settle that score. Watch out for tense situations and triggers. Intervene the moment you see it coming. Separate them during the day if they fight while you're not there but don't keep the one inside and the one outside coz the one inside will feel superior and act dominant. Watch out for stuff like who gets to sit or lie on a higher surface like a couch or a bed. You must invite them up. It's all about a pecking order and if you take a clear lead they won't need to fight about who is the leader because you are and you make it clear you won't tolerate fighting. We had the same situation but are managing it this way after many vet bills things have been fine for about six months now. It just takes sustained effort.

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