My Dog Killed My Other Dog

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT-FLE

The following taboo topic article might come as a surprise for some, but I assure you, dogs who kill other dogs within the same household is common. The reason you most likely have never heard of this phenomena is that people rarely talk about the situation. Today, I want to shed some light on the problem. 

Second Dog Introduction 
When you decide to get a second dog, normally meetings and introduction processes take place before the second dog becomes a fulltime family member. The most common situation for a multiple dog household is dog two (Fido) is younger than dog one (Rex).

When Fido moves in, all is well and a friendship might start to blossom. Both dogs enjoy each other and seem to do everything together. In other cases, Rex and Fido tolerate each other; over time, tolerance turns to annoyance. Dogs will attack other dogs when the oldest becomes vulnerable.

Dog Aggression vs. Dog Attack 
There is a big difference between dog aggression and dog attacks. The former is a very noisy and fasts pace action exchange where two individuals try to settle a conflict. The argument can last weeks before it's finally settled. The latter, on the other hand, is silent and somewhat stationary during the exchange. Fido holds Rex till Rex no longer moves. A dog attack serves to kill the individual. It's a predatory response. In some situations, aggression can turn deadly, but in most cases, conflicts never escalate. 

Multiple Dog Household Deaths 
Pet caregivers will consult when dogs display aggression, especially when an age difference triggers aggressive behaviours. People don't consult for dog attacks because there is rarely any sign of aggression beforehand. When I see aggression cases, people leave with behaviour modification and management exercises to address the problem. Behaviour and training protocols are designed to facilitate peaceful living arrangements.

When a dog has killed another dog, clients consult for aggression because they fear their other pets, or themselves, are at risk. People seek behaviour evaluations to help them determine what happened, and to understand why dogs would do this after five years of friendly cohabitation. Often times there are no behaviour modification or training plans involved because the situation will never present itself again.

Younger dogs like Fido will often kill older, more vulnerable dogs like Rex. From a canine point of view, the kill behaviour is normal. Dogs are opportunistic predators who exploit vulnerabilities. When dogs see injured, sick, juvenile, or otherwise compromised individuals, their predatory brain can tell them to kill. It's not a cognitive process; it's an instinctive behaviour. Humans have tried to breed this out of dogs; unfortunately, most individuals retain their genetic makeup, and when the stars align, dogs die.

Death by Dog 
So far, in my career, I’ve evaluated over two dozen dogs for the death of an older dog within the same household. Clients present the case as a silent, unexpected attack which lasted only a few seconds. People are shocked about the situation and think Fido just turned into Cujo. Fido rarely is a monster; he is simply a dog. The proof is in the pudding: households with more than two dogs lived through the attack, and Fido will most likely never display aggression towards the other canines. 

Most often, the attack occurs when people are in another room or out on a short errand. People will say there was no sound from the attacker. When there is noise, the cries come from Rex; the dog being attacked. The high pitch yelps serve to tell the attacker I am in pain, let me go! A true attack never lasts long; it’s normally over within a few seconds. People never saw it come, or more often than not, people simply could not recognize the subtle signs. Dog language is complex. 

Take Home Message 
Please do not feel guilty about the death of a dog within your household; you didn’t know and couldn’t have prevented the situation. If you do have an injured or compromised dog, make sure you manage the situation and never leave the dogs alone. Separate them when you leave or are in another room.

I recommend you take a dog language class and invite your friends with multiple dog households to join you. Make your experience known, for together we can educate pet caregivers. Talk about the situation with someone or comment below to share your experience and prevent tragic deaths.

I took a counselling class from the veterinary association of Quebec back in 2006 to help clients who were struggling with tragic deaths. If you recently lost a pet and need counselling, please drop me a line. I know how hard it is to lose a furry friend under such tragic events. I also know first hand how difficult it can be when your friends or family are not animal people.

Cheers.
G.

P.S. Please read the comment section below, you will find you are not alone. Plus, I answer in the comments as I cannot answer every request or comment on unfamiliar cases.

101 comments

  • Victoria

    Victoria San Antonio

    My issue is I had 3 dogs and I don't know for sure who killed my puppy. They all got along great. My puppy was with us for a month before I can home to find him dead and the other 2 covered in blood. Was this a joint effort? Do they need to be put down?

    My issue is I had 3 dogs and I don't know for sure who killed my puppy. They all got along great. My puppy was with us for a month before I can home to find him dead and the other 2 covered in blood. Was this a joint effort? Do they need to be put down?

  • Jennie

    Jennie NC

    We had 5 dogs. 1 is no longer with us. 1 pit puppy (6mo has no blood at all in him, he stayed out of it) our older mix was in top of our sweet little mutt (protecting her? Or eating her?) 2 others covered in blood too on their heads and down their chest and legs. We were outside at the car for less than :05. And heard nothing, but we usually would have heard anything. Any way to tell who might have done the killing? Does it matter? We usually kept our older one separated since she’s been crabby. And the puppy in a crate. We were outside for just a few minutes. Where can we find training to rehabilitate any or all of them? ((( crushed inside... can’t beli this happened )))

    We had 5 dogs. 1 is no longer with us.
    1 pit puppy (6mo has no blood at all in him, he stayed out of it) our older mix was in top of our sweet little mutt (protecting her? Or eating her?) 2 others covered in blood too on their heads and down their chest and legs. We were outside at the car for less than :05. And heard nothing, but we usually would have heard anything. Any way to tell who might have done the killing? Does it matter? We usually kept our older one separated since she’s been crabby. And the puppy in a crate. We were outside for just a few minutes. Where can we find training to rehabilitate any or all of them? ((( crushed inside... can’t beli this happened )))

  • Gaby DufresneCyr

    Gaby DufresneCyr

    [quote=Jennie] We had 5 dogs. 1 is no longer with us. 1 pit puppy (6mo has no blood at all in him, he stayed out of it) our older mix was in top of our sweet little mutt (protecting her? Or eating her?) 2 others covered in blood too on their heads and down their chest and legs. We were outside at the car for less than :05. And heard nothing, but we usually would have heard anything. Any way to tell who might have done the killing? Does it matter? We usually kept our older one separated since she’s been crabby. And the puppy in a crate. We were outside for just a few minutes. Where can we find training to rehabilitate any or all of them? ((( crushed inside... can’t beli this happened ))) [/quote] You can email us in private at info@dogueshop.com

    Jennie wrote:

    We had 5 dogs. 1 is no longer with us.
    1 pit puppy (6mo has no blood at all in him, he stayed out of it) our older mix was in top of our sweet little mutt (protecting her? Or eating her?) 2 others covered in blood too on their heads and down their chest and legs. We were outside at the car for less than :05. And heard nothing, but we usually would have heard anything. Any way to tell who might have done the killing? Does it matter? We usually kept our older one separated since she’s been crabby. And the puppy in a crate. We were outside for just a few minutes. Where can we find training to rehabilitate any or all of them? ((( crushed inside... can’t beli this happened )))

    You can email us in private at info@dogueshop.com

  • Miranda

    Miranda Clinton mo

    My husband and i have ( had) 3 dogs. I had my dog zoey for 5 years prior to marriage , he had his dog rebel 2 years prior to our marriage. After marriage we rescued a pitt, king. Zoey Pitt mix , rebel mut, king pure pitt. Zoey was ( now deceased ) very sweet but had shown aggression towards other dogs. Rebel showed aggression rarely but only to zoey. King shows no aggression to dogs but he will to human strangers. We left all 3 in our back yard while running errands and came back to find all dogs bloody , but only rebel and zoey injured. Rebels injuries were minute , zoey passed away the next morning. King had blood on him but zero wounds. With all that being said, in the passed before we ever rescued king , rebel and zoey had fought and hurt each other badly before, but seemed to nurse each other and forgive the next day. All 3 of our dogs had to sleep together. We do not know what to do from here. Zoey is dead and i cannot even stand to look at our other dogs but i feel like were to blame knowing there were signs of aggression in the past. We shouldn't have left them alone. What do we do? Rehome ? Euthanize? Get training and keep them? Im devastated and sick over this.

    My husband and i have ( had) 3 dogs. I had my dog zoey for 5 years prior to marriage , he had his dog rebel 2 years prior to our marriage. After marriage we rescued a pitt, king. Zoey Pitt mix , rebel mut, king pure pitt. Zoey was ( now deceased ) very sweet but had shown aggression towards other dogs. Rebel showed aggression rarely but only to zoey. King shows no aggression to dogs but he will to human strangers. We left all 3 in our back yard while running errands and came back to find all dogs bloody , but only rebel and zoey injured. Rebels injuries were minute , zoey passed away the next morning. King had blood on him but zero wounds. With all that being said, in the passed before we ever rescued king , rebel and zoey had fought and hurt each other badly before, but seemed to nurse each other and forgive the next day. All 3 of our dogs had to sleep together. We do not know what to do from here. Zoey is dead and i cannot even stand to look at our other dogs but i feel like were to blame knowing there were signs of aggression in the past. We shouldn't have left them alone. What do we do? Rehome ? Euthanize? Get training and keep them? Im devastated and sick over this.

  • Dogue Shop

    Dogue Shop

    Miranda, you can private message us and we'll work through this with you. Gaby

    Miranda, you can private message us and we'll work through this with you.
    Gaby

  • Jason

    Jason Las vegas

    3 dogs. 1 Year old , 7 Year old ,and almost 14 Year old. Came home last night to find my oldest dead which was obviously from the puppy because my middle son had no blood or anything. Now, I was going to get rod of her cause in a years time she's very loveable bit still can't believe some of the destruction she does. My friend picked her up to drop her off at a no kill shelter and called me this morning and said "she has significant puncture wounds too"... There was blood everywhere and I've never seen them argue, let alone fight. I know my eldest would be a little grumpy some days but that's it. Any advice would help!??

    3 dogs. 1 Year old , 7 Year old ,and almost 14 Year old. Came home last night to find my oldest dead which was obviously from the puppy because my middle son had no blood or anything. Now, I was going to get rod of her cause in a years time she's very loveable bit still can't believe some of the destruction she does. My friend picked her up to drop her off at a no kill shelter and called me this morning and said "she has significant puncture wounds too"... There was blood everywhere and I've never seen them argue, let alone fight. I know my eldest would be a little grumpy some days but that's it. Any advice would help!??

  • Kim mcgee

    Kim mcgee Illinois

    Please email Gaby at info@dogueshop.com

    Please email Gaby at info@dogueshop.com

  • Kayla

    Kayla Utah

    I love with my boyfriend and between me and him, we have two dogs. His dog is at year old German Shepherd. my dog a border collie/husky mix, I got after we got together. They grew up together, no problems. About 3 months after moving in, his family had to move and didn't have a place for their 8 year old Chihuahua. So we took her in and she's been with us for 7 months. Our landlord requires us to have them in kennels when we're not home. So, I put my GS, and my border collie in their own kennels and left the Chihuahua out of a kennel. The Chihuahua started peeing all over the house. So we put the Chihuahua in with the GS who is the calmer dog and the most obedient of our two dogs. They spent about 6 hours during the day and most of the night for 4 nights in the shared kennel with NO problems. Last night we put them in the kennel and ran to grab dinner from the store. Not even gone for 20 minutes. We come home and go to grab them from their kennel and the Chihuahua is laying on her back legs spread open, tongue hanging out of her mouth, and neck broken. The GS had clumps of hair in her teeth and hair all over the kennel. So we assume she picked the Chihuahua up by the next and shook her around. My border collie is heart broken. She had been crying all night. We don't know what to do with the GS. She's never shown aggression like that. Ever. So do we put her down, do we find a special trainer who could maybe try and find wherever this aggression came from, we don't know how to discipline her so she just stays in her kennel away from our border collie. Any advice would be great.

    I love with my boyfriend and between me and him, we have two dogs. His dog is at year old German Shepherd. my dog a border collie/husky mix, I got after we got together. They grew up together, no problems. About 3 months after moving in, his family had to move and didn't have a place for their 8 year old Chihuahua.
    So we took her in and she's been with us for 7 months. Our landlord requires us to have them in kennels when we're not home. So, I put my GS, and my border collie in their own kennels and left the Chihuahua out of a kennel. The Chihuahua started peeing all over the house. So we put the Chihuahua in with the GS who is the calmer dog and the most obedient of our two dogs. They spent about 6 hours during the day and most of the night for 4 nights in the shared kennel with NO problems. Last night we put them in the kennel and ran to grab dinner from the store. Not even gone for 20 minutes. We come home and go to grab them from their kennel and the Chihuahua is laying on her back legs spread open, tongue hanging out of her mouth, and neck broken. The GS had clumps of hair in her teeth and hair all over the kennel. So we assume she picked the Chihuahua up by the next and shook her around. My border collie is heart broken. She had been crying all night.
    We don't know what to do with the GS. She's never shown aggression like that. Ever. So do we put her down, do we find a special trainer who could maybe try and find wherever this aggression came from, we don't know how to discipline her so she just stays in her kennel away from our border collie. Any advice would be great.

  • Gaby DufresneCyr

    Gaby DufresneCyr

    I would personally like to thank people who comment on this article as it helps others realize this is a common occurrence in dogs, and in canines in general. Because of guilt, most people keep these cases to themselves which makes the topic a taboo. Rest assured, you are NOT alone. Many, many people and families experience this type of aggression. I know just how heartbroken one can be when faced with this type of aggression. Aggression is complex and it doesn't mean your dogs are aggressive and a danger to others. Yes, a management strategy should be planned, but the death of the aggressor need not take place. Sometimes, the stars align and dogs do what their canine predatory brains tell them to do; unfortunately, eliminating weak links, so too speak, is something canids do. My best advice to you is to get the dog evaluated by a science-based educated professional.

    I would personally like to thank people who comment on this article as it helps others realize this is a common occurrence in dogs, and in canines in general. Because of guilt, most people keep these cases to themselves which makes the topic a taboo. Rest assured, you are NOT alone. Many, many people and families experience this type of aggression.

    I know just how heartbroken one can be when faced with this type of aggression. Aggression is complex and it doesn't mean your dogs are aggressive and a danger to others. Yes, a management strategy should be planned, but the death of the aggressor need not take place. Sometimes, the stars align and dogs do what their canine predatory brains tell them to do; unfortunately, eliminating weak links, so too speak, is something canids do. My best advice to you is to get the dog evaluated by a science-based educated professional.

  • Lisa

    Lisa Maryland

    Hi Lisa, Thank you for sharing, I know and understand your grief. The reason dogs kill each other in this fashion is rarely based on dominance. Thye majority of cases stem from opportunities rather than rigid forms of control we see in wild canines. That being said, I would definitely separate the Saint.B. from the other dog until you can find a solution. Be vigilant and cautious. Gaby Three days ago our Saint Bernard killed our Shih Zhu. The Saint is 4 years old, the Shih Zhu was 6. They grew up together. We also have a miniature schnauzer who is the alpha and he is 8. We had just brought the Shih Zhu home from the groomers and the Saint attacked and killed her. The most gruesome thing I have ever seen. There was no stopping her. I jumped on her, pulled her back legs, my daughter threw things at her, we just couldn't stop her. Could the fact that her scent was different have caused this. The Saint is very laid back, but protective of our home. The little one was showing signs of being afraid, I just couldn't get to her to pick her up in time. I've contacted a Saint rescue to take our dog. I can't risk her doing this again, say when the older dog gets weaker or sick and she wants to be alpha. The guilt is tremendous. Don't know how to get through this........

    Hi Lisa,
    Thank you for sharing, I know and understand your grief.
    The reason dogs kill each other in this fashion is rarely based on dominance. Thye majority of cases stem from opportunities rather than rigid forms of control we see in wild canines. That being said, I would definitely separate the Saint.B. from the other dog until you can find a solution.
    Be vigilant and cautious.
    Gaby

    Three days ago our Saint Bernard killed our Shih Zhu. The Saint is 4 years old, the Shih Zhu was 6. They grew up together. We also have a miniature schnauzer who is the alpha and he is 8. We had just brought the Shih Zhu home from the groomers and the Saint attacked and killed her. The most gruesome thing I have ever seen. There was no stopping her. I jumped on her, pulled her back legs, my daughter threw things at her, we just couldn't stop her. Could the fact that her scent was different have caused this. The Saint is very laid back, but protective of our home. The little one was showing signs of being afraid, I just couldn't get to her to pick her up in time. I've contacted a Saint rescue to take our dog. I can't risk her doing this again, say when the older dog gets weaker or sick and she wants to be alpha. The guilt is tremendous. Don't know how to get through this........

  • Sonia Malley

    Sonia Malley California

    I suggest you separate them when you leave, and fully supervise when you are there. Managment might be the best option for you.

    I suggest you separate them when you leave, and fully supervise when you are there. Managment might be the best option for you.

  • Joti

    Joti Los Angeles

    Dear Joti, Thank you for sharing, for it brings the situation to light. I understand what you are experiencing, but please keep in mind dogs do what dogs. In their world conflict resolution often equates death. I know it sounds drastic and cruel, but that is their nature. You have not failed your dog, for you did not know. I recommend finding a person (family, friend, or professional) you can talk with and/or support you during this traumatic death situation. That said, molossoids, aka Bullys, do not need more or less discipline, or strong masters for that matter, they simply need a person who knows Terriers and their motivations. Cheers, and I wish you all the best in your grieving process.

    Dear Joti,

    Thank you for sharing, for it brings the situation to light. I understand what you are experiencing, but please keep in mind dogs do what dogs. In their world conflict resolution often equates death. I know it sounds drastic and cruel, but that is their nature.

    You have not failed your dog, for you did not know. I recommend finding a person (family, friend, or professional) you can talk with and/or support you during this traumatic death situation.

    That said, molossoids, aka Bullys, do not need more or less discipline, or strong masters for that matter, they simply need a person who knows Terriers and their motivations.

    Cheers, and I wish you all the best in your grieving process.

  • Dogue Shop

    Dogue Shop

    If you recently lost a dog because he/she was killed by another dog within your family, I'm offering you a free* spot at our dog language seminar Wednesday, February 28th @ 6pm. * Please email for more info.

    If you recently lost a dog because he/she was killed by another dog within your family, I'm offering you a free* spot at our dog language seminar Wednesday, February 28th @ 6pm.

    * Please email for more info.

  • Alondra Del Real

    Alondra Del Real El Paso, TX

    I suggest you seek an evaluation before you make a drastic choice. Gaby I have a total of 5 dogs. 2 English bulldogs who are my youngest, one being 1yr (Bella) and the other 5 months(Dexter), a terrier mix Tokyo(he just passed away last night), a 13 yr older chihuahua (Hercules) and a 5 yr old shepherd mix Angel(who Im sure she killed Tokyo) My shepherd had sometimes biten one of my bulldogs Bella (she can be a bit of handfull) but she never had severely hurt any of my other dogs. Angel absolutely loved Tokyo, or so I thought. They were the two that always played together, she was very gentle with him, even let him win in tugg and wrestle play. Las night I said bye to Tokyo for last time as I was going to head to a small concert (I seriously dont go out, this was the first time in months) and left my dogs in the backyard as my family were going back home in less than an hr. We had bearly parked the car when my mom called me telling the devastating news. I rushed back home and saw that Tokyo had puncture wounds in his neck (he wasnt bleeding a whole lot though but they were deep), Bella old had bite marks too, but not too severe (we cleaned them out and she is doing ok) but Tokyo passed away before I got home. My bulldog puppy Dexter and my chihuahua Hercules were fine thankfully, my shepherd Angel didnt have much blood, but again Tokyo and Bella were not bleeding a lot they just had punctured wounds and my terrier didnt have any broken bones. But Im sure it was my shepherd did it, but I dont understand how she could have done that, she was always so gentle with him and even with my bulldog it had been over a year without an incident with her. Idk if I should seek behavior training for her, if I should putbher down? When my mom got here she said Tokyos body was still warm so it had bearly happened. It probably didnt even last longer than a minute, but I just dont know what to do with Angel. They have been together for 4 years without her showing any sort of aggression toward him, I just dont know if I should put her down or seek behavioral trainning.

    I suggest you seek an evaluation before you make a drastic choice.
    Gaby

    I have a total of 5 dogs. 2 English bulldogs who are my youngest, one being 1yr (Bella) and the other 5 months(Dexter), a terrier mix Tokyo(he just passed away last night), a 13 yr older chihuahua (Hercules) and a 5 yr old shepherd mix Angel(who Im sure she killed Tokyo) My shepherd had sometimes biten one of my bulldogs Bella (she can be a bit of handfull) but she never had severely hurt any of my other dogs. Angel absolutely loved Tokyo, or so I thought. They were the two that always played together, she was very gentle with him, even let him win in tugg and wrestle play. Las night I said bye to Tokyo for last time as I was going to head to a small concert (I seriously dont go out, this was the first time in months) and left my dogs in the backyard as my family were going back home in less than an hr. We had bearly parked the car when my mom called me telling the devastating news. I rushed back home and saw that Tokyo had puncture wounds in his neck (he wasnt bleeding a whole lot though but they were deep), Bella old had bite marks too, but not too severe (we cleaned them out and she is doing ok) but Tokyo passed away before I got home. My bulldog puppy Dexter and my chihuahua Hercules were fine thankfully, my shepherd Angel didnt have much blood, but again Tokyo and Bella were not bleeding a lot they just had punctured wounds and my terrier didnt have any broken bones. But Im sure it was my shepherd did it, but I dont understand how she could have done that, she was always so gentle with him and even with my bulldog it had been over a year without an incident with her. Idk if I should seek behavior training for her, if I should putbher down? When my mom got here she said Tokyos body was still warm so it had bearly happened. It probably didnt even last longer than a minute, but I just dont know what to do with Angel. They have been together for 4 years without her showing any sort of aggression toward him, I just dont know if I should put her down or seek behavioral trainning.

  • Cathryn

    Cathryn Virginia

    Two days ago, our three German shepherds killed our shih tzu. They all grew up together. We are shocked, angry and hurting. We don't know what to do. Do we rehome them? Will this anger towards them go away? I can't even stand to look at them right now. I'm lost

    Two days ago, our three German shepherds killed our shih tzu. They all grew up together. We are shocked, angry and hurting. We don't know what to do. Do we rehome them? Will this anger towards them go away? I can't even stand to look at them right now. I'm lost

  • Dogue Shop

    Dogue Shop Montreal

    [quote=Cathryn] Two days ago, our three German shepherds killed our Shih Tzu. They all grew up together. We are shocked, angry and hurting. We don't know what to do. Do we rehome them? Will this anger towards them go away? I can't even stand to look at them right now. I'm lost [/quote] I know how heartbroken you are, but take a few days to process your loss before taking or making a regrettable decision. You can also contact a professional in your area and ask them to assess your dogs.

    Cathryn wrote:

    Two days ago, our three German shepherds killed our Shih Tzu. They all grew up together. We are shocked, angry and hurting. We don't know what to do. Do we rehome them? Will this anger towards them go away? I can't even stand to look at them right now. I'm lost

    I know how heartbroken you are, but take a few days to process your loss before taking or making a regrettable decision. You can also contact a professional in your area and ask them to assess your dogs.

  • Shelly

    Shelly Utah

    I had three dogs till a week ago. Two yorkies and a pit bull. We got the pit as a puppy he is the youngest. He is almost 2. I love all my dogs very much. A week ago our pit killed one of our yorkies. They always got along for the most part there was one incident where he had hurt him probably 5 months ago. I've been very unsure of what to do. I love them all. I've been trying to make sure my pit still knows I love him. Cause I want to do the right thing for him still. But tonight he snapped at my other yorkie. I feel like its probably not best to keep them together cause the size difference made it fatal with the other yorkie. And I can't have it happen again. But I don't trust other people to give my pit a good life after everything. I'm also concerned because he has been grumpy towards kids in the dog park but never done anything. I'm just in dire need of any advice anything at all.

    I had three dogs till a week ago. Two yorkies and a pit bull. We got the pit as a puppy he is the youngest. He is almost 2. I love all my dogs very much. A week ago our pit killed one of our yorkies. They always got along for the most part there was one incident where he had hurt him probably 5 months ago. I've been very unsure of what to do. I love them all. I've been trying to make sure my pit still knows I love him. Cause I want to do the right thing for him still. But tonight he snapped at my other yorkie. I feel like its probably not best to keep them together cause the size difference made it fatal with the other yorkie. And I can't have it happen again. But I don't trust other people to give my pit a good life after everything. I'm also concerned because he has been grumpy towards kids in the dog park but never done anything. I'm just in dire need of any advice anything at all.

  • Kristen

    Kristen Calgary AB

    I had 4 dogs most recently I adopted a hound mix at 3month old. Hound and my border collie Shepard mix got along great for 2.5yrs. then Shep was getting older 10yrs at this point. When border colliix would give a growl like give me some space hound would attack. I lost part of my finger trying to pull them apart on first fight. For the next yr they would battle every 2 or 3months. When they fought hound refused to let go. Border collie tried to protect her self but as soon as you got hound to let go border collie would run off. Very hard trying to get Dixie to let go. We have 2 small dogs also a Chihuahua and a Chihuahua terrier mix. Chihuahua terrier is 15yrs. Hound and border collie gave fought about 5 times in last yr. Hound has never had issues with small dogs mine or the small dogs that I foster. Yesterday morning hound had her head in pantry hoping kids would drop something my Chihuahua terrier tried to walk past and she attacked grabbed her by throat and shook her wouldn't let go. When I got her off Cassie was bleeding everywhere. We managed to get her to vet but she didn't make it. Then we decided Dixie was to dangerous to try to re-home so we made decision to put her down. Hardest day of my life!!! Why didn't I do something sooner. We did have 2different trainers come and give us ideas but both were just temp fixes. I am devastated that me sweet old girl who never hurt anyone went in such a violent way. That kids 10 & 14 had to witness it. And fact we put down a beautiful wonderful loving Doodle dog at age of 3. I can't begin to describe my guilt. I loved both dogs souch ND to loose them both in 1day is heart wrenching. We never ever thought our small dogs were at risk. Feeling so broken so guilty do sad so lost.

    I had 4 dogs most recently I adopted a hound mix at 3month old. Hound and my border collie Shepard mix got along great for 2.5yrs. then Shep was getting older 10yrs at this point. When border colliix would give a growl like give me some space hound would attack. I lost part of my finger trying to pull them apart on first fight. For the next yr they would battle every 2 or 3months. When they fought hound refused to let go. Border collie tried to protect her self but as soon as you got hound to let go border collie would run off. Very hard trying to get Dixie to let go. We have 2 small dogs also a Chihuahua and a Chihuahua terrier mix. Chihuahua terrier is 15yrs. Hound and border collie gave fought about 5 times in last yr. Hound has never had issues with small dogs mine or the small dogs that I foster. Yesterday morning hound had her head in pantry hoping kids would drop something my Chihuahua terrier tried to walk past and she attacked grabbed her by throat and shook her wouldn't let go. When I got her off Cassie was bleeding everywhere. We managed to get her to vet but she didn't make it. Then we decided Dixie was to dangerous to try to re-home so we made decision to put her down. Hardest day of my life!!! Why didn't I do something sooner. We did have 2different trainers come and give us ideas but both were just temp fixes. I am devastated that me sweet old girl who never hurt anyone went in such a violent way. That kids 10 & 14 had to witness it. And fact we put down a beautiful wonderful loving Doodle dog at age of 3. I can't begin to describe my guilt. I loved both dogs souch ND to loose them both in 1day is heart wrenching. We never ever thought our small dogs were at risk. Feeling so broken so guilty do sad so lost.

  • Debs

    Debs Mexico City

    Earlier today I had three dogs... 1 chihuahua 6yo, 1 weim 4 yo, 1 malinois 2 yo aprox (adopted from the streets) all males the chihuahua was the only one not neutered... i went out with the weim and came back to see the chihuahua dead on the floor, signs of being bitten, blood even on the wall... the Mali was like nothing had happened... the weim cried over the chihuahua and so did i... he was cremated, i phoned the trainer to come pick the mali... i can't look at him, i might understand the chihuahua being noisy but that doesn't justify the Mali... i don't know what to do with the mali... please, i need some advice, the weim and i are so sad :(

    Earlier today I had three dogs... 1 chihuahua 6yo, 1 weim 4 yo, 1 malinois 2 yo aprox (adopted from the streets) all males the chihuahua was the only one not neutered... i went out with the weim and came back to see the chihuahua dead on the floor, signs of being bitten, blood even on the wall... the Mali was like nothing had happened... the weim cried over the chihuahua and so did i... he was cremated, i phoned the trainer to come pick the mali... i can't look at him, i might understand the chihuahua being noisy but that doesn't justify the Mali... i don't know what to do with the mali... please, i need some advice, the weim and i are so sad frown

  • Rosie

    Rosie Greece

    Hi, I need to ‘chat’ about this to somebody as the guilt and pain is killing me, I can barely function as a result. I have three dogs, one Boxer 8 years old, ( make) Japanese Spitz 2 years old( male) and a little crossbred Pomeranian/Maltese.(9 years old) My Boxer killed my little Pomeranian yesterday, there are no words to describe the pain and guilt I feel, for this sweet little dogs life to come to such a tragic end.She was my soul mate. I left them all together as I popped out , they have grown up together , when I returned home little Rosie was dead. I couldn’t approach her, my husband had to get her, it was too painful by far. I am to blame by leaving them together and I don’t think I’ll ever get over this, to,deal with the death of a pet by natural causes is bad enough but acceptable but this way is unbearable. I don’t blame my Boxer who is most of the time a big baby, he actually took me to her and started licking her when she was dead. 😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😢😢😢😭

    Hi,

    I need to ‘chat’ about this to somebody as the guilt and pain is killing me, I can barely function as a result.

    I have three dogs, one Boxer 8 years old, ( make) Japanese Spitz 2 years old( male) and a little crossbred Pomeranian/Maltese.(9 years old)
    My Boxer killed my little Pomeranian yesterday, there are no words to describe the pain and guilt I feel, for this sweet little dogs life to come to such a tragic end.She was my soul mate. I left them all together as I popped out , they have grown up together , when I returned home little Rosie was dead. I couldn’t approach her, my husband had to get her, it was too painful by far.

    I am to blame by leaving them together and I don’t think I’ll ever get over this, to,deal with the death of a pet by natural causes is bad enough but acceptable but this way is unbearable. I don’t blame my Boxer who is most of the time a big baby, he actually took me to her and started licking her when she was dead.
    😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😢😢😢😭

  • Daniel

    Daniel Liverpool

    I had six dogs gracing my house in bliss for quite some time, although there was one alsatian female who picked up a fight with other dogs whenever she could. She tore off the ear of our Great Dane and bit the leg of a husky. She also bit a huge hole on my neighbor's mini pinscher. Today i found her dead body full of bite marks. Now I dont even know how to deal with the dog who (allegedly) killed her.

    I had six dogs gracing my house in bliss for quite some time, although there was one alsatian female who picked up a fight with other dogs whenever she could. She tore off the ear of our Great Dane and bit the leg of a husky. She also bit a huge hole on my neighbor's mini pinscher. Today i found her dead body full of bite marks. Now I dont even know how to deal with the dog who (allegedly) killed her.

  • Ruby

    Ruby Texas

    I have 4 dogs. My big boy is a 2 year old Dogo. We brought home 2 puppies and while I was sitting with them in the yard, my Dogo grabbed and killed one of the puppies. I yelled at him to stop when he attacked but he wouldnt stop untill the puppy was dead. Even when my husband grabbed him to make him stop he wouldnt stop. We raised him from a month old and he has killed 7 possums, 5 mice, 2 cats, a squirrel, a bird and a chicken. I tried to find a trainer for him but everyone of them refused and said "good luck!" That was before he started killing. My husband thinks we should put him down before he attacks a child.

    I have 4 dogs. My big boy is a 2 year old Dogo. We brought home 2 puppies and while I was sitting with them in the yard, my Dogo grabbed and killed one of the puppies. I yelled at him to stop when he attacked but he wouldnt stop untill the puppy was dead. Even when my husband grabbed him to make him stop he wouldnt stop. We raised him from a month old and he has killed 7 possums, 5 mice, 2 cats, a squirrel, a bird and a chicken. I tried to find a trainer for him but everyone of them refused and said "good luck!" That was before he started killing. My husband thinks we should put him down before he attacks a child.

  • Roxy

    Roxy Laurel, De

    My 10 month old Dotson mixed with cockapoo bruitily attacked and killed my pregnant Chihuahua who was up under our deck preparing to have her pups it happened while I was at work and my mom was inside the house but had fell asleep she woke up and went outside to find my chihuahua up under the clothes line breathing but barely able to move and ice cold we got her to the pet er where they were able to confirm she was definitely attacked bruitly but my mom never heard nothing no winning barking cry’s growls or anything .. it’s so hard for us to understand it’s devastating .. my mom wants to put him down but I just want to find him another home someone who has no other dogs he loves kids and people he has to be center of attention at all times but we’ve never seen this kind of behavior from him. Him and his brother fought a lot for a while but never any of the other dogs and it never got bad .. I never would imagine he would do that to my baby girl 😞😢 I knew we should of moved her but she wouldn’t come out or let us move her she was comfortable and already had it set up for her pups 💔

    My 10 month old Dotson mixed with cockapoo bruitily attacked and killed my pregnant Chihuahua who was up under our deck preparing to have her pups it happened while I was at work and my mom was inside the house but had fell asleep she woke up and went outside to find my chihuahua up under the clothes line breathing but barely able to move and ice cold we got her to the pet er where they were able to confirm she was definitely attacked bruitly but my mom never heard nothing no winning barking cry’s growls or anything .. it’s so hard for us to understand it’s devastating .. my mom wants to put him down but I just want to find him another home someone who has no other dogs he loves kids and people he has to be center of attention at all times but we’ve never seen this kind of behavior from him. Him and his brother fought a lot for a while but never any of the other dogs and it never got bad .. I never would imagine he would do that to my baby girl 😞😢 I knew we should of moved her but she wouldn’t come out or let us move her she was comfortable and already had it set up for her pups 💔

  • dennis

    dennis hammond ind

    We were having breakfast sunday morning, and all of a sudden our chihuahua,was crying loud, and came to her ,and found that our greyhound attacked her. Her skin was wide open, you could see her lung heart and stomach. She was bleeding very bad. Wrapped her in a blanket, and took her to emergency vets. They tried to save her , but she was too far gone. and she passed. I called where I got the greyhound from, and they came and got her out of here,before she hurt someone else NO MORE GREYHOUNDS IN THIS HOUSE.

    We were having breakfast sunday morning, and all of a sudden our chihuahua,was crying loud, and came to her ,and found that our greyhound attacked her. Her skin was wide open, you could see her lung heart and stomach. She was bleeding very bad. Wrapped her in a blanket, and took her to emergency vets. They tried to save her , but she was too far gone. and she passed. I called where I got the greyhound from, and they came and got her out of here,before she hurt someone else NO MORE GREYHOUNDS IN THIS HOUSE.

  • TAUNA

    TAUNA Arizona

    Last night I came home to my little dog dead. I had three. One I've had for ten yrs my female pit mix. She has always had smaller dogs around. My male pit who is a rescue I've had 3 yrs and always have had small dogs. So I don't know why this happened. I am devastated. I had just had this little one for about a week. He was a rescue as well. I haven't been able to let my big dogs come near me. I just don't understand. They all got along together. They had been alone before together. My pits have been not allowed to come to since last night . And I'm starting to feel bad . That maybe I'm being too hard on them

    Last night I came home to my little dog dead. I had three. One I've had for ten yrs my female pit mix. She has always had smaller dogs around. My male pit who is a rescue I've had 3 yrs and always have had small dogs. So I don't know why this happened. I am devastated. I had just had this little one for about a week. He was a rescue as well. I haven't been able to let my big dogs come near me. I just don't understand. They all got along together. They had been alone before together. My pits have been not allowed to come to since last night . And I'm starting to feel bad . That maybe I'm being too hard on them

  • Tammie

    Tammie Livermore falls maine

    My 2 year old German shepherd killed my papillon 11 years old. The gs grow up with other dog. But I separated them when not home because gs is a little rough with play. But tonight my gs got into my papillon and killed her. My gut says she didn't do it on purpose but she is gone. People are asking me what I'm going to do with my gs. I love both dogs and truly upset but I don't think she did it to be mean. It looked like her neck was broke. But I'll never know. What I do know is that my gs has never shown any sign of aggressive behavior towards other dogs. I'm heart broking

    My 2 year old German shepherd killed my papillon 11 years old. The gs grow up with other dog. But I separated them when not home because gs is a little rough with play. But tonight my gs got into my papillon and killed her. My gut says she didn't do it on purpose but she is gone. People are asking me what I'm going to do with my gs. I love both dogs and truly upset but I don't think she did it to be mean. It looked like her neck was broke. But I'll never know. What I do know is that my gs has never shown any sign of aggressive behavior towards other dogs. I'm heart broking

  • Ashlee

    Ashlee California

    I have 2 dogs. The oldest is 3 and the youngest is 4 months. Yesterday the oldest attacked the puppy. She didn't die but was very very hurt. She'll be fine eventually but now I'm so scared to not be watching them at all times. He's never attacked her before and has really enjoyed her since she's been with us. I just don't want it to get to the point where I'm saying he killed her. I don't trust him with the puppy at all. I'm not sure what to do with him to make sure he doesn't do it again.

    I have 2 dogs. The oldest is 3 and the youngest is 4 months. Yesterday the oldest attacked the puppy. She didn't die but was very very hurt. She'll be fine eventually but now I'm so scared to not be watching them at all times. He's never attacked her before and has really enjoyed her since she's been with us. I just don't want it to get to the point where I'm saying he killed her. I don't trust him with the puppy at all. I'm not sure what to do with him to make sure he doesn't do it again.

  • Gaby

    Gaby Montreal

    [quote=Tammie] My 2 year old German shepherd killed my papillon 11 years old. The gs grow up with other dog. But I separated them when not home because gs is a little rough with play. But tonight my gs got into my papillon and killed her. My gut says she didn't do it on purpose but she is gone. People are asking me what I'm going to do with my gs. I love both dogs and truly upset but I don't think she did it to be mean. It looked like her neck was broke. But I'll never know. What I do know is that my gs has never shown any sign of aggressive behavior towards other dogs. I'm heart broking [/quote] Make sure they are never alone together. Behaviour management is essential in this type of situation.

    Tammie wrote:

    My 2 year old German shepherd killed my papillon 11 years old. The gs grow up with other dog. But I separated them when not home because gs is a little rough with play. But tonight my gs got into my papillon and killed her. My gut says she didn't do it on purpose but she is gone. People are asking me what I'm going to do with my gs. I love both dogs and truly upset but I don't think she did it to be mean. It looked like her neck was broke. But I'll never know. What I do know is that my gs has never shown any sign of aggressive behavior towards other dogs. I'm heart broking

    Make sure they are never alone together. Behaviour management is essential in this type of situation.

  • Dogue Shop

    Dogue Shop

    For more information on same household dog deaths, please read the following article https://www.dogueshop.com/dogue-s-blog/blog/my-dog-killed-my-other-dog-part-two Best wishes. Gaby

    For more information on same household dog deaths, please read the following article https://www.dogueshop.com/dogue-s-blog/blog/my-dog-killed-my-other-dog-part-two
    Best wishes.
    Gaby

  • Camille V

    Camille V

    Hey, so the other day my dog killed and ate a c the chicken that she killed. and earlier today my dog and my other dog who is a smaller breed they were like playing and my bigger dog kinda like became aggresive and that make me worried that maybe she could kill my other dog. she left a wet mark on my other dogs neck. That is what im worried about as well,

    Hey, so the other day my dog killed and ate a c the chicken that she killed. and earlier today my dog and my other dog who is a smaller breed they were like playing and my bigger dog kinda like became aggresive and that make me worried that maybe she could kill my other dog. she left a wet mark on my other dogs neck. That is what im worried about as well,

  • Jesse

    Jesse Brisbane

    My girlfriend and I recently experienced the most tragic scenario this weekend. We had 2 dogs, a year old Stafford shire and 4 month year old Kelpie cross. On Saturday we had a house inspection, a bigger house with a huge back yard for our pups to run a muck. We came home and it was a mess, the eldest dog was howling as if something was wrong and we ran out the back and our little kelpie was laying on the ground with a big cut on his neck, not responsive nor was he breathing. Was absolutely traumatic for us both. The elder dog being mine, I had made the tough decision to put my girl to sleep in case she would do it again. I know very well it wasn’t her fault, they were the bestest of friends and she taught him so many things in the little time we had with him. My family thinks we should look into getting another puppy to help mend our hearts. What do you guys think? We found a kelpie cross Staffie litter a day after the incident and thought it was a sign from them.

    My girlfriend and I recently experienced the most tragic scenario this weekend. We had 2 dogs, a year old Stafford shire and 4 month year old Kelpie cross. On Saturday we had a house inspection, a bigger house with a huge back yard for our pups to run a muck. We came home and it was a mess, the eldest dog was howling as if something was wrong and we ran out the back and our little kelpie was laying on the ground with a big cut on his neck, not responsive nor was he breathing. Was absolutely traumatic for us both. The elder dog being mine, I had made the tough decision to put my girl to sleep in case she would do it again. I know very well it wasn’t her fault, they were the bestest of friends and she taught him so many things in the little time we had with him. My family thinks we should look into getting another puppy to help mend our hearts. What do you guys think? We found a kelpie cross Staffie litter a day after the incident and thought it was a sign from them.

  • Lisa

    Lisa Atlanta

    I have an 11 year old Havanese and a 3 year old Aussie (and whippet maybe?) mix, both males. Our Aussie barks aggressively/lunges when he sees other dogs outside our home (he seems to be trying to “defend the castle”). He also barks like crazy when someone comes to the door (but is super friendly once he “meets” the visitor), barks aggressively when someone goes past the house, etc. We also have a bird who flies around our great room when we’re home. If he lands somewhere accessible, our Aussie will lunge at/snap aggressively at our Hav as if he’s trying to protect the bird. Our Hav has never initiated an aggressive incident. Although our Aussie and our Havanese have always gotten on well (they sleep together, there is zero food or toy aggression), our Aussie began aggressively snapping at our Hav when my husband and I leave the house. There has never been an actual bloody incident until today. Today I came home to see blood across my floor and walls. Apparently, our Aussie attacked our Hav, causing significant damage to his ear and puncturing his neck. Fortunately, he will recover but we are very shaken. I do not want to have to write a follow up to this after having a more serious incident down the road. So I have a couple of questions. 1) what stressors or triggers could have caused this? 2) how do we de-escalate the Aussie’s aggressive behavior (that seems to be getting worse)? How do we know if it’s a situation that can be remedied without losing one of our dogs? Thank you so much for your time and insight.

    I have an 11 year old Havanese and a 3 year old Aussie (and whippet maybe?) mix, both males. Our Aussie barks aggressively/lunges when he sees other dogs outside our home (he seems to be trying to “defend the castle”). He also barks like crazy when someone comes to the door (but is super friendly once he “meets” the visitor), barks aggressively when someone goes past the house, etc. We also have a bird who flies around our great room when we’re home. If he lands somewhere accessible, our Aussie will lunge at/snap aggressively at our Hav as if he’s trying to protect the bird. Our Hav has never initiated an aggressive incident. Although our Aussie and our Havanese have always gotten on well (they sleep together, there is zero food or toy aggression), our Aussie began aggressively snapping at our Hav when my husband and I leave the house. There has never been an actual bloody incident until today. Today I came home to see blood across my floor and walls. Apparently, our Aussie attacked our Hav, causing significant damage to his ear and puncturing his neck. Fortunately, he will recover but we are very shaken.

    I do not want to have to write a follow up to this after having a more serious incident down the road. So I have a couple of questions. 1) what stressors or triggers could have caused this? 2) how do we de-escalate the Aussie’s aggressive behavior (that seems to be getting worse)? How do we know if it’s a situation that can be remedied without losing one of our dogs?

    Thank you so much for your time and insight.

  • Star

    Star IL

    I had a total of six dogs. One adult male Yorkie who has been here the longest all his life he is 7, then a miniature poodle 2 years old, and a female Yorkie. Birdie I've had for A a year and a half who was pregnant. Then I got three standard size poodles. Bella, Buttercup, Bambi who I have raised from babies that are sisters that are a year old they were the last ones to come into my household. out of my standards I have one who rules the pack her name is Bella. Bella had attacked my miniature poodle Beauty a few months back... before Beauty ended up backing down and I broke up the fight one of my other standards Buttercup try to jump in the Fight too attacking my miniature Beauty as well. I've not had any other problems with them trying to attack or hurt my miniature Beauty. Well then today my female Yorkshire Terrier birdie was attacked and Killed... birdie was due to have puppies in 9 days. I heard a commotion out in the yard I looked out the window and seen two of my standards Bella and Buttercup pulling on something... Then I realized it was birdy went running out there broke up the fight... it was too late for Birdie... by the time I got my three Standard Poodles kenneled up I realized all three of them must have attacked her because they all three had blood on them.... I'm at a total loss here, I don't know what to do. I cannot believe that my three standards had a hand I killing my poor Yorkshire Terrier Birdie. What do I do now? Should I be afraid For Beauties my miniature poodle safety? I'm just disgusted with my three standards right now. My three standards act like a wolf pack! They're a little over a year old now and I've been reading lots of articles talking about how when dogs mature between 12 and 36 months that things can change and they may not get along anymore... What do I do?

    I had a total of six dogs. One adult male Yorkie who has been here the longest all his life he is 7, then a miniature poodle 2 years old, and a female Yorkie. Birdie I've had for A a year and a half who was pregnant. Then I got three standard size poodles. Bella, Buttercup, Bambi who I have raised from babies that are sisters that are a year old they were the last ones to come into my household. out of my standards I have one who rules the pack her name is Bella. Bella had attacked my miniature poodle Beauty a few months back... before Beauty ended up backing down and I broke up the fight one of my other standards Buttercup try to jump in the Fight too attacking my miniature Beauty as well. I've not had any other problems with them trying to attack or hurt my miniature Beauty. Well then today my female Yorkshire Terrier birdie was attacked and Killed... birdie was due to have puppies in 9 days. I heard a commotion out in the yard I looked out the window and seen two of my standards Bella and Buttercup pulling on something... Then I realized it was birdy went running out there broke up the fight... it was too late for Birdie... by the time I got my three Standard Poodles kenneled up I realized all three of them must have attacked her because they all three had blood on them.... I'm at a total loss here, I don't know what to do. I cannot believe that my three standards had a hand I killing my poor Yorkshire Terrier Birdie. What do I do now? Should I be afraid For Beauties my miniature poodle safety? I'm just disgusted with my three standards right now. My three standards act like a wolf pack! They're a little over a year old now and I've been reading lots of articles talking about how when dogs mature between 12 and 36 months that things can change and they may not get along anymore... What do I do?

  • Gaby DufresneCyr

    Gaby DufresneCyr

    To Star[quote=Star] I had a total of six dogs. One adult male Yorkie who has been here the longest all his life he is 7, then a miniature poodle 2 years old, and a female Yorkie. Birdie I've had for A a year and a half who was pregnant. Then I got three standard size poodles. Bella, Buttercup, Bambi who I have raised from babies that are sisters that are a year old they were the last ones to come into my household. out of my standards I have one who rules the pack her name is Bella. Bella had attacked my miniature poodle Beauty a few months back... before Beauty ended up backing down and I broke up the fight one of my other standards Buttercup try to jump in the Fight too attacking my miniature Beauty as well. I've not had any other problems with them trying to attack or hurt my miniature Beauty. Well then today my female Yorkshire Terrier birdie was attacked and Killed... birdie was due to have puppies in 9 days. I heard a commotion out in the yard I looked out the window and seen two of my standards Bella and Buttercup pulling on something... Then I realized it was birdy went running out there broke up the fight... it was too late for Birdie... by the time I got my three Standard Poodles kenneled up I realized all three of them must have attacked her because they all three had blood on them.... I'm at a total loss here, I don't know what to do. I cannot believe that my three standards had a hand I killing my poor Yorkshire Terrier Birdie. What do I do now? Should I be afraid For Beauties my miniature poodle safety? I'm just disgusted with my three standards right now. My three standards act like a wolf pack! They're a little over a year old now and I've been reading lots of articles talking about how when dogs mature between 12 and 36 months that things can change and they may not get along anymore... What do I do? [/quote] Dear Star, First I must say, dogs are not pack animals like wolves. Overcrowding is a very common reason for dogs to kill. You can read part 2 of this blog here https://www.dogueshop.com/dogue-s-blog/blog/my-dog-killed-my-other-dog-part-two I recommend behaviour management by separating the dogs by size. As for training, I recommend finding a science-based trainer in your area and work on behaviours that make living more manageable. Hope this help you, and please accept my sincerest condolences. Gaby

    To Star

    Star wrote:

    I had a total of six dogs. One adult male Yorkie who has been here the longest all his life he is 7, then a miniature poodle 2 years old, and a female Yorkie. Birdie I've had for A a year and a half who was pregnant. Then I got three standard size poodles. Bella, Buttercup, Bambi who I have raised from babies that are sisters that are a year old they were the last ones to come into my household. out of my standards I have one who rules the pack her name is Bella. Bella had attacked my miniature poodle Beauty a few months back... before Beauty ended up backing down and I broke up the fight one of my other standards Buttercup try to jump in the Fight too attacking my miniature Beauty as well. I've not had any other problems with them trying to attack or hurt my miniature Beauty. Well then today my female Yorkshire Terrier birdie was attacked and Killed... birdie was due to have puppies in 9 days. I heard a commotion out in the yard I looked out the window and seen two of my standards Bella and Buttercup pulling on something... Then I realized it was birdy went running out there broke up the fight... it was too late for Birdie... by the time I got my three Standard Poodles kenneled up I realized all three of them must have attacked her because they all three had blood on them.... I'm at a total loss here, I don't know what to do. I cannot believe that my three standards had a hand I killing my poor Yorkshire Terrier Birdie. What do I do now? Should I be afraid For Beauties my miniature poodle safety? I'm just disgusted with my three standards right now. My three standards act like a wolf pack! They're a little over a year old now and I've been reading lots of articles talking about how when dogs mature between 12 and 36 months that things can change and they may not get along anymore... What do I do?

    Dear Star,

    First I must say, dogs are not pack animals like wolves. Overcrowding is a very common reason for dogs to kill. You can read part 2 of this blog here https://www.dogueshop.com/dogue-s-blog/blog/my-dog-killed-my-other-dog-part-two I recommend behaviour management by separating the dogs by size.

    As for training, I recommend finding a science-based trainer in your area and work on behaviours that make living more manageable. Hope this help you, and please accept my sincerest condolences.

    Gaby

  • Marilyn

    Marilyn Ohio

    We have 3 great Danes and had a 12 yr old schnauzer my female who is gonna be 4 has attacked my schnauzer in the past. She would do this right before every heat. We always kept him downstairs. Well yesterday my hubby and I left and just forgot to put him downstairs. We came home to him barely alive and blood and feces everywhere. Literally looked like a crime scene. He died in the night. Should I fear her around my grandkids? She is my calm laid back dog. So I thought!! I feel so guilty. I could've prevented this. How could I forget something so important. I can't believe he is gone. My heart is beyond broken and part of me wants to get rid of all my dogs and never have any again.

    We have 3 great Danes and had a 12 yr old schnauzer my female who is gonna be 4 has attacked my schnauzer in the past. She would do this right before every heat. We always kept him downstairs. Well yesterday my hubby and I left and just forgot to put him downstairs. We came home to him barely alive and blood and feces everywhere. Literally looked like a crime scene. He died in the night. Should I fear her around my grandkids? She is my calm laid back dog. So I thought!! I feel so guilty. I could've prevented this. How could I forget something so important. I can't believe he is gone. My heart is beyond broken and part of me wants to get rid of all my dogs and never have any again.

  • Becca

    Becca Georgia

    Recently, a fight broke out in our backyard. We had 6 dogs at the time, and our 9 yr old Cairn terrier was attacked by 4 of our other dogs, mainly a black lab we adopted a year or so ago. One of the other dogs, a great Dane mix, has a history of aggression. The other two are terrier mixes who don't have many aggression issues. Sadly, after getting the terrier, Bella, to the vet and trying to figure out what we could do for her, we decided that the injuries were too extensive, so we had to put her down. Our black lab, Faith, is a great dog who is very smart and is great with people. She is only 2 and a half. We would love to keep her, but for safety reasons, we can't. Would rehoming her be possible?

    Recently, a fight broke out in our backyard. We had 6 dogs at the time, and our 9 yr old Cairn terrier was attacked by 4 of our other dogs, mainly a black lab we adopted a year or so ago. One of the other dogs, a great Dane mix, has a history of aggression. The other two are terrier mixes who don't have many aggression issues. Sadly, after getting the terrier, Bella, to the vet and trying to figure out what we could do for her, we decided that the injuries were too extensive, so we had to put her down. Our black lab, Faith, is a great dog who is very smart and is great with people. She is only 2 and a half. We would love to keep her, but for safety reasons, we can't. Would rehoming her be possible?

  • Shelby

    Shelby Texas

    We have, had three dogs here in our home. A chihuahua who was 15, a one year old wiener dog, & a 3 year old GSD. I have had the chihuahua since he was a puppy, and he has always viewed himself as dominant. As my GSD girl got older, she started standing up to herself at him snips or snaps. He was old and fairly senile so this behavior was more or less recent within the last couple of years. I kept them separated until today, we were all out back together. One minute we are enjoying the sun and the next they are nose to nose and my GSD snatched him by the neck and shakes him twice and drops him when I called her name. She ran off and coward, but by that time it was too late. It took all of two seconds. My GSD has never shown any aggression towards another dog besides the older boy chihuahua. She is best of friends with the 1 year old wiener dog. She is amazing with my kids, not food aggressive or aggressive with anything else. We are able to take food from her, all signs I thought showed her to be a good girl. I’m at a loss as this just happened hours ago, and I’m not sure what to do. The chihuahua passed away almost instantly. Which I am thankful for.

    We have, had three dogs here in our home. A chihuahua who was 15, a one year old wiener dog, & a 3 year old GSD. I have had the chihuahua since he was a puppy, and he has always viewed himself as dominant. As my GSD girl got older, she started standing up to herself at him snips or snaps. He was old and fairly senile so this behavior was more or less recent within the last couple of years. I kept them separated until today, we were all out back together. One minute we are enjoying the sun and the next they are nose to nose and my GSD snatched him by the neck and shakes him twice and drops him when I called her name. She ran off and coward, but by that time it was too late. It took all of two seconds. My GSD has never shown any aggression towards another dog besides the older boy chihuahua. She is best of friends with the 1 year old wiener dog. She is amazing with my kids, not food aggressive or aggressive with anything else. We are able to take food from her, all signs I thought showed her to be a good girl. I’m at a loss as this just happened hours ago, and I’m not sure what to do. The chihuahua passed away almost instantly. Which I am thankful for.

  • Brandon

    Brandon California

    Yesterday, I came home to find my 14 year old rat terrier with her neck broken and blood everywhere. I have a 3 year old female pit, 5 year old lab/husky, a 6 year old doxle. All raised together and got each once at 8 weeks old. The terrier has been mean toward the pit quite a bit the past few months. Two weeks ago I came home to the terrier beat up and needed stiches and a drain. Didn't want to believe it was one of my own until yesterday. It was terrible, there was blood on the walls and ruined a carpet and both chairs in the room. My wife and I are devastated and do not have a clue what to do. Our dogs are such great dogs. And we love them.

    Yesterday, I came home to find my 14 year old rat terrier with her neck broken and blood everywhere. I have a 3 year old female pit, 5 year old lab/husky, a 6 year old doxle. All raised together and got each once at 8 weeks old. The terrier has been mean toward the pit quite a bit the past few months. Two weeks ago I came home to the terrier beat up and needed stiches and a drain. Didn't want to believe it was one of my own until yesterday. It was terrible, there was blood on the walls and ruined a carpet and both chairs in the room. My wife and I are devastated and do not have a clue what to do. Our dogs are such great dogs. And we love them.

  • Aaron

    Aaron Queensland

    At 4am this morning, my brothers pitbull diesel attacked and killed my 12 year old shih-tzu mikey. he had him by the throat and shook him until his neck broke and he died. They had issues in the past before, but never extremely concerning, they sleep together in the same room as my other dog mahli, but on this particular night, they both slept in my parents bed together. My labrador mahli is a bit shaken, she didnt see it happen but she heard it at the bedroom door and can smell it. I dont think im looking for answers here as we had to put diesel down this morning...but i guess i just needed to get it off my chest.

    At 4am this morning, my brothers pitbull diesel attacked and killed my 12 year old shih-tzu mikey. he had him by the throat and shook him until his neck broke and he died.

    They had issues in the past before, but never extremely concerning, they sleep together in the same room as my other dog mahli, but on this particular night, they both slept in my parents bed together.

    My labrador mahli is a bit shaken, she didnt see it happen but she heard it at the bedroom door and can smell it.

    I dont think im looking for answers here as we had to put diesel down this morning...but i guess i just needed to get it off my chest.

  • Paige

    Paige Indiana

    We have had our dog, Eragon, for 5yrs. We got a dog named Bane when Eragon was 2. They did fine, but a year in, they started fighting. Bane was rehomed due to separation anxiety and eating walls. 1yr later we got a puppy named Sofie. We weren't able to keep her long because due to having zero people interaction, we couldn't even pet her and she had to go to a special home. 3mo later, we got a puppy named Hades. He and Eragon did fine together. They played well and curled up together to sleep. After having Hades for only 3 weeks, I came home to find my puppy dead. Completely slaughtered. Eragon had zero blood or marks. Eragon is now a garage dog because I can't stand to look at him anymore. Any advice as to what I should do?

    We have had our dog, Eragon, for 5yrs. We got a dog named Bane when Eragon was 2. They did fine, but a year in, they started fighting. Bane was rehomed due to separation anxiety and eating walls. 1yr later we got a puppy named Sofie. We weren't able to keep her long because due to having zero people interaction, we couldn't even pet her and she had to go to a special home. 3mo later, we got a puppy named Hades. He and Eragon did fine together. They played well and curled up together to sleep. After having Hades for only 3 weeks, I came home to find my puppy dead. Completely slaughtered. Eragon had zero blood or marks. Eragon is now a garage dog because I can't stand to look at him anymore. Any advice as to what I should do?

  • Jeff

    Jeff

    3 nights ago our world was turned upside down. We had 4 dogs who lived together peacefully for several years. 3 of them were rescues and all of them got along well with each other. Never saw any aggressive behavior or so much as a bite or fight amongst them. We went on a day trip since my nephew was visiting. We had just recently moved to a new area a month ago and had found a dog sitter who came over and met the dogs prior to watching them for this trip. That evening we were 3 hours away from home and had been in a place with no cell phone service. When we finally reached an area with cell phone service we got a text from the dog sitter to call her, that there was a 911 emergency. My first instinct was that one of the dogs had gotten out or something. I never could've imagined what she told us next. According to the dog sitter, my 12-13 year old beagle, Lexi (unsure of their exact ages as they were both rescues) had wandered over to my 6-7 year old pit bull, Willow's bowl after they had finished eating. And Willow attacked her and pinned her down and kept attacking her as she tried to get up, until she had ultimately broken her neck. The dog sitter was a young college age girl who in hindsight had no business watching the dogs in the first place as evidenced by the way she handled the situation. She said she yelled and tried to intervene early on but Willow wouldn't let her. If I ever thought that this scenario was a possibility or had ever seen any signs or even fathomed that Willow was capable of something like this I never would have allowed this situation to present itself. Now our sweet Lexi is gone and there is nothing we can do about it. I know that if we had been there we could have stopped it from happening and the guilt we feel because of that is overwhelming. We are so lost and broken, and the pain we feel right now cannot be put into words. We are also struggling to figure out what to do with our otherwise sweet, affectionate, playful Willow. Who up until this point, for almost 6 years has always gotten along with all of our dogs, snuggled and played, etc. and never fought.

    3 nights ago our world was turned upside down. We had 4 dogs who lived together peacefully for several years. 3 of them were rescues and all of them got along well with each other. Never saw any aggressive behavior or so much as a bite or fight amongst them. We went on a day trip since my nephew was visiting. We had just recently moved to a new area a month ago and had found a dog sitter who came over and met the dogs prior to watching them for this trip. That evening we were 3 hours away from home and had been in a place with no cell phone service. When we finally reached an area with cell phone service we got a text from the dog sitter to call her, that there was a 911 emergency. My first instinct was that one of the dogs had gotten out or something. I never could've imagined what she told us next.
    According to the dog sitter, my 12-13 year old beagle, Lexi (unsure of their exact ages as they were both rescues) had wandered over to my 6-7 year old pit bull, Willow's bowl after they had finished eating. And Willow attacked her and pinned her down and kept attacking her as she tried to get up, until she had ultimately broken her neck. The dog sitter was a young college age girl who in hindsight had no business watching the dogs in the first place as evidenced by the way she handled the situation. She said she yelled and tried to intervene early on but Willow wouldn't let her. If I ever thought that this scenario was a possibility or had ever seen any signs or even fathomed that Willow was capable of something like this I never would have allowed this situation to present itself.
    Now our sweet Lexi is gone and there is nothing we can do about it. I know that if we had been there we could have stopped it from happening and the guilt we feel because of that is overwhelming. We are so lost and broken, and the pain we feel right now cannot be put into words. We are also struggling to figure out what to do with our otherwise sweet, affectionate, playful Willow. Who up until this point, for almost 6 years has always gotten along with all of our dogs, snuggled and played, etc. and never fought.

  • Ali

    Ali Philadelphia

    Ten days ago, on Mother's Day, my 6 year old, 6 lb. Maltese was attacked by my 14 year old, 65 lb. mix breed over a treat. It happened right at my feet but behind my back. I heard the big one growl twice and a mix of ferocious snarling along with screams of terror from the little one. It took some effort on my part to shove and kick the big one off of the little one. It was too late. The little one lay motionless. We were counseled by the vet that there was little chance of surviving one or more operations so we put her to sleep. It's been difficult processing all the emotions; guilt, stupidity, sadness, loss, anger and more. I'm glad I found this site and have read through every story posted. It's given me some clarity on how to deal with the trauma and loss and expectations of going foward.

    Ten days ago, on Mother's Day, my 6 year old, 6 lb. Maltese was attacked by my 14 year old, 65 lb. mix breed over a treat. It happened right at my feet but behind my back. I heard the big one growl twice and a mix of ferocious snarling along with screams of terror from the little one. It took some effort on my part to shove and kick the big one off of the little one. It was too late. The little one lay motionless. We were counseled by the vet that there was little chance of surviving one or more operations so we put her to sleep. It's been difficult processing all the emotions; guilt, stupidity, sadness, loss, anger and more. I'm glad I found this site and have read through every story posted. It's given me some clarity on how to deal with the trauma and loss and expectations of going foward.

  • Jennifer

    Jennifer Texas

    I just lost my dog Daphne last night cause my younger dog but bigger attacked her while we were at a banquet but they always lay on each other play been living together for years and yesterday to come home to a tragedy hurts me and more we're thinking of getting rid of the other dog plus I got kids and worry for them. I dont know what to do

    I just lost my dog Daphne last night cause my younger dog but bigger attacked her while we were at a banquet but they always lay on each other play been living together for years and yesterday to come home to a tragedy hurts me and more we're thinking of getting rid of the other dog plus I got kids and worry for them. I dont know what to do

  • Norma

    Norma North Carolina

    It's happened again. Her first kill was a pet cat. The cat was really more my housemate's, but I agonized at her death, which was pitiful. Her second kill was my 14-year old Border Collie mix, Patch. She is a mix of some kind -- I honestly don't know what, but she resembles a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Her name is Maria and she was only about 3, I think, when she killed my dog. I raged and cried and seriously wanted her destroyed immediately. My housemate is an elderly man, a friend of the family. He pleaded for her life and I gave in. Now, she has attacked his 7-year old Labrador/German Shepherd mix, Nika. Nika is much larger and much heavier than Maria. Maria has hip dysplasia -- it does not stop her violence. Nika is about 3 years older than Maria. Then, there is the "baby", Jethro. He looks a lot like Maria, but is much thicker and heavier and a bit larger. All three dogs stay in a large pen outside with various places to sleep and stay out of the weather. I think Nika's size kept her alive, but there are numerous bite marks on her neck and a tiny piece of her ear was torn out. I stay in a small house on my mother's property. There are other small homes here and many of them have small canine pets. I do not doubt for a second that if Maria got loose, she would kill them indiscriminantly. I don't doubt that she would kill the other feral cats that also reside on the property. My other concern would be the two little girls that live next door. After this last attack, I called the animal shelter to get the price for having Maria put down. Initially, surprisingly, the decision was my housemate's. Then, he spent most of a day in the dog pen and much of that time with Maria. Consequently, he has changed his mind. I have not changed mine. I do not want her here. I want her gone -- preferably in the permanent sense because I do not want any other family to suffer these tragedies. She got a reprieve after killing my beautiful Patch. I just don't think she deserves another. When is enough going to be enough? I CAN make the decision. My housemate lives here by the good graces of my mother and myself. He doesn't have property liability or jeopardy in this. My mother does. But, I suspect, at this juncture, he will leave me no choice but to play the "bad guy". I hate breaking an 82-year-old's heart, but I've had enough. She was given a 2nd chance.

    It's happened again. Her first kill was a pet cat. The cat was really more my housemate's, but I agonized at her death, which was pitiful. Her second kill was my 14-year old Border Collie mix, Patch. She is a mix of some kind -- I honestly don't know what, but she resembles a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Her name is Maria and she was only about 3, I think, when she killed my dog. I raged and cried and seriously wanted her destroyed immediately. My housemate is an elderly man, a friend of the family. He pleaded for her life and I gave in. Now, she has attacked his 7-year old Labrador/German Shepherd mix, Nika. Nika is much larger and much heavier than Maria. Maria has hip dysplasia -- it does not stop her violence. Nika is about 3 years older than Maria. Then, there is the "baby", Jethro. He looks a lot like Maria, but is much thicker and heavier and a bit larger. All three dogs stay in a large pen outside with various places to sleep and stay out of the weather. I think Nika's size kept her alive, but there are numerous bite marks on her neck and a tiny piece of her ear was torn out. I stay in a small house on my mother's property. There are other small homes here and many of them have small canine pets. I do not doubt for a second that if Maria got loose, she would kill them indiscriminantly. I don't doubt that she would kill the other feral cats that also reside on the property. My other concern would be the two little girls that live next door. After this last attack, I called the animal shelter to get the price for having Maria put down. Initially, surprisingly, the decision was my housemate's. Then, he spent most of a day in the dog pen and much of that time with Maria. Consequently, he has changed his mind. I have not changed mine. I do not want her here. I want her gone -- preferably in the permanent sense because I do not want any other family to suffer these tragedies. She got a reprieve after killing my beautiful Patch. I just don't think she deserves another. When is enough going to be enough? I CAN make the decision. My housemate lives here by the good graces of my mother and myself. He doesn't have property liability or jeopardy in this. My mother does. But, I suspect, at this juncture, he will leave me no choice but to play the "bad guy". I hate breaking an 82-year-old's heart, but I've had enough. She was given a 2nd chance.

  • Mystic

    Mystic India

    I went through such a traumatic event a few days back. I go out for work and for a few hours my two dogs stay with each other and play together. Its been a year now and never have I seen too much of aggression in the one year old one although they keep having little fights once in a while. They've grown up together and it was beyond shocking to me that the one year old attacked and killed the 8 months old in a matter of a few hours. I am torn apart, and at times so hurt at the one year old. Even if I can reason out it might have been accidental I am still not able to accept this incident.

    I went through such a traumatic event a few days back. I go out for work and for a few hours my two dogs stay with each other and play together. Its been a year now and never have I seen too much of aggression in the one year old one although they keep having little fights once in a while. They've grown up together and it was beyond shocking to me that the one year old attacked and killed the 8 months old in a matter of a few hours. I am torn apart, and at times so hurt at the one year old. Even if I can reason out it might have been accidental I am still not able to accept this incident.

  • Caroline

    Caroline England

    I had 5 dogs, a 4 year old chihuahua/Jack Russell Cross. A three year old whipet/spaniel. Both I'd had done they were pups. Then I took in a 21 year old Jack Russell with a bit of dementia and old age slowness. I then took in a 6 month old mountain dog from Bulgaria. All got along fine. Then I took in a 6 month old Yorkshire terrier with a view to finding her a home as she had been kept locked away in a kitchen all her life. The Yorkie would sometimes pick on the old dog and pull her ears sort of thing so I kept them separate. Today the Yorkshire terrier went for the old dog very ferociously. Then the whipet/Spaniel joined in and I couldn't separate them and within a couple of minutes the old girl was limp.

    I had 5 dogs, a 4 year old chihuahua/Jack Russell Cross. A three year old whipet/spaniel. Both I'd had done they were pups. Then I took in a 21 year old Jack Russell with a bit of dementia and old age slowness. I then took in a 6 month old mountain dog from Bulgaria. All got along fine. Then I took in a 6 month old Yorkshire terrier with a view to finding her a home as she had been kept locked away in a kitchen all her life. The Yorkie would sometimes pick on the old dog and pull her ears sort of thing so I kept them separate. Today the Yorkshire terrier went for the old dog very ferociously. Then the whipet/Spaniel joined in and I couldn't separate them and within a couple of minutes the old girl was limp.

  • Lauren

    Lauren Bay Area California

    My 2 year old daschund, Rue, died this morning following injuries from my sisters 6 year old mastiff, Emma. I was on vacation and left him with my mother and sister. I’m currently flying back to bury my dog, which I never thought I’d have to do anytime soon. I don’t know what to do. Emma has displayed signs of aggression towards Rue before but she never has bitten or hurt him. He was in the yard with Emma and I guess he was going through some trash and she bit him in the throat and tossed him around like a rag doll. He sustained multiple lacerations to the throat and trauma to his trachea. Despite tje emergency vets best efforts the trauma was too much for him since his lungs were filling with fluid so they had to put him down and I could not catch a sooner flight to be with him. Besides a few occasions where Emma has shown aggression towards him they play and sleep together. Emma has attacked my mothers other dog before as well but nothing serious has resulted. I’m at a total loss but I don’t think these disaster should result in two deaths. I don’t know how to move forward from here, especially in regards of what to do about my sisters dog.

    My 2 year old daschund, Rue, died this morning following injuries from my sisters 6 year old mastiff, Emma. I was on vacation and left him with my mother and sister. I’m currently flying back to bury my dog, which I never thought I’d have to do anytime soon. I don’t know what to do. Emma has displayed signs of aggression towards Rue before but she never has bitten or hurt him. He was in the yard with Emma and I guess he was going through some trash and she bit him in the throat and tossed him around like a rag doll. He sustained multiple lacerations to the throat and trauma to his trachea. Despite tje emergency vets best efforts the trauma was too much for him since his lungs were filling with fluid so they had to put him down and I could not catch a sooner flight to be with him. Besides a few occasions where Emma has shown aggression towards him they play and sleep together. Emma has attacked my mothers other dog before as well but nothing serious has resulted. I’m at a total loss but I don’t think these disaster should result in two deaths. I don’t know how to move forward from here, especially in regards of what to do about my sisters dog.

  • Mary

    Mary Australia

    I had four dogs. One beagle cross, one cairn terrier and one Springer spaniel. The fourth was a little wire haired terrier who passed away due to complications from sugar diabetes. She was. Intelligent, the leader, my best friend. The cause was a fight between her and the spaniel. They had two fights in two weeks. I was able to separate them on both occasions but the little one it was the start of no return unfortunately. I miss her terribly. The spaniel is the oldest. It is not the first time that she has lost control and attacked one of the others. I end up getting bites when separating. I am about to get a new pup. I am going to buy a muzzle for my spaniel as I cannot trust her. Also a cage for the little one with her playthings and separation time when she needs to be just a puppy. I don't know why I am writing this.

    I had four dogs. One beagle cross, one cairn terrier and one Springer spaniel. The fourth was a little wire haired terrier who passed away due to complications from sugar diabetes. She was. Intelligent, the leader, my best friend. The cause was a fight between her and the spaniel. They had two fights in two weeks. I was able to separate them on
    both occasions but the little one it was the start of no return unfortunately. I miss her terribly. The spaniel is the oldest. It is not the first time that she has lost control and attacked one of the others. I end up getting bites when separating. I am about to get a new pup. I am going to buy a muzzle for my spaniel as I cannot trust her. Also a cage for the little one with her playthings and separation time when she needs to be just a puppy. I don't know why I am writing this.

  • Gaby DufresneCyr

    Gaby DufresneCyr

    Mary, You are writing this because it releases negative emotions, and that's good. Discussing the loss of an animal with someone who understands the connection is vital for the grieving process. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Gaby

    Mary,
    You are writing this because it releases negative emotions, and that's good. Discussing the loss of an animal with someone who understands the connection is vital for the grieving process.
    Please accept my sincerest condolences.
    Gaby

  • Teresa Kuc

    Teresa Kuc Mchenry Il

    My rott/German Shepard is 8 my chihuahua was 6 they have been sisters for 6 years. The big dog never hurt my little one until yesterday. My husband came home from work late and they both ran upstairs husband was in the office and dogs were in the room Husband hears barks and growls and runs in the room. Little dog was on the floor dead. Big dog bit her on her head and crushed her skull instantly killing her. Why. I’m so depressed and heart broken. Little dog was my best friend

    My rott/German Shepard is 8 my chihuahua was 6 they have been sisters for 6 years. The big dog never hurt my little one until yesterday. My husband came home from work late and they both ran upstairs husband was in the office and dogs were in the room Husband hears barks and growls and runs in the room. Little dog was on the floor dead. Big dog bit her on her head and crushed her skull instantly killing her. Why. I’m so depressed and heart broken. Little dog was my best friend

  • Sara

    Sara TN

    We just had our older Anatolian Shepherd kill our 9wk old miniature Red Heeler pup. I am so hurt over this. We've never seen any aggressive behavior towards other dogs in our Anatolian before. The pup got in a tiff with another red heeler and was yelping, the Anatolian grabbed the pup and crushed it's head. I am in shock. My husband is furious and wants to kill the Anatolian. I am wondering if this is normal dog behavior.

    We just had our older Anatolian Shepherd kill our 9wk old miniature Red Heeler pup. I am so hurt over this. We've never seen any aggressive behavior towards other dogs in our Anatolian before. The pup got in a tiff with another red heeler and was yelping, the Anatolian grabbed the pup and crushed it's head. I am in shock. My husband is furious and wants to kill the Anatolian. I am wondering if this is normal dog behavior.

  • Tracey

    Tracey Bolton, england

    I do sighthound rescue and I'm rubbish at fostering so have 8 sighthounds, our eldest whippet was our first dog and was roughly 12 and yesterday my young lurcher killed him. They have always just tolerated each other as my whippet has always been an independent lad and a few years ago he started having seizures he's been on meds for last two years as xray revealed discs tucking in his spine my lurcher had told him off few times with no signs or sound and cassa would end up with a puncture wound on shoulder or neck but we moved house 18 months ago and while he's been comfortable in meds they had been more tolerant of each other. I'd always had a dog gate up at other house and kept him separate when went out but because been fine with each other never put them up in new house and reading comments in here now I'm torturing myself for not looking after him better and separating. The night before yesterday just heard grumblings not like before where he would cry and found him on floor in hall he'd wet himself and I saw jaxx off, normally he comes round after the shock but I had to sleep on sofa downstairs as he was just still and resting so didn't want disturb him an d next morning his neck had swelled at side with bruising and I bathed with salt water and it went down a little I rang vets to ask if could give him metacam to make him more comfortable with the meds he was on as didn't want to take him in as it stresses him out and he was still prob in shock and sore. I didn't want to leave him but as weather has been red hot needed to go farm to bring my horse in for shade and was only going to be an hour I rang my mother in law from farm to make sure he was still asleep and quiet and she said he was dead, she has dementia so didn't know what was going on and my friend took me home found him hanging off bed in pool of blood his tongue was hanging out of his mouth which my mum feels he had heart attack but can't unsee him like that and missing him so much feel ill cause in so much pain and keep wishing I'd just stayed at home but now wonder if he would have killed him last night had I not intervened. Feel like a bad dog mum x

    I do sighthound rescue and I'm rubbish at fostering so have 8 sighthounds, our eldest whippet was our first dog and was roughly 12 and yesterday my young lurcher killed him. They have always just tolerated each other as my whippet has always been an independent lad and a few years ago he started having seizures he's been on meds for last two years as xray revealed discs tucking in his spine my lurcher had told him off few times with no signs or sound and cassa would end up with a puncture wound on shoulder or neck but we moved house 18 months ago and while he's been comfortable in meds they had been more tolerant of each other. I'd always had a dog gate up at other house and kept him separate when went out but because been fine with each other never put them up in new house and reading comments in here now I'm torturing myself for not looking after him better and separating. The night before yesterday just heard grumblings not like before where he would cry and found him on floor in hall he'd wet himself and I saw jaxx off, normally he comes round after the shock but I had to sleep on sofa downstairs as he was just still and resting so didn't want disturb him an d next morning his neck had swelled at side with bruising and I bathed with salt water and it went down a little I rang vets to ask if could give him metacam to make him more comfortable with the meds he was on as didn't want to take him in as it stresses him out and he was still prob in shock and sore. I didn't want to leave him but as weather has been red hot needed to go farm to bring my horse in for shade and was only going to be an hour I rang my mother in law from farm to make sure he was still asleep and quiet and she said he was dead, she has dementia so didn't know what was going on and my friend took me home found him hanging off bed in pool of blood his tongue was hanging out of his mouth which my mum feels he had heart attack but can't unsee him like that and missing him so much feel ill cause in so much pain and keep wishing I'd just stayed at home but now wonder if he would have killed him last night had I not intervened. Feel like a bad dog mum x

  • Liesel Chamen

    Liesel Chamen South Africa

    I have 2 Staffies, one small purebred (4) and a larger one crossed with a Boxer (14). The older one has gone stone deaf and is moving a little slower. The younger is now trying kill the older one. Just her bigger size and droopy neck flesh is keeping her alive. The older one has the most awesome disposition of any dog I have ever come across!! NEVER a sign of aggression to anyone (except snarling twice at drunk guys who arrived at my door and wanted stuff from me...i was very anxious). Tonight there was another fight...this time the younger one had older one by the throat...there was the most insane snarling, fighting sounds but my older made no noise so i presume she was being suffocated. I got the younger one off and seperated them. (PS there is no visible sign of attacks...the older one can just be walking past or wake up from sleep and younger attacks). Tomorrow they will be all lovey dovey and best of friends again. They do both seem to be showing signs of stress....older one continuously licking paws, panting and shaking. Younger one over excitable, and weeing inside, after being houstrained and door always open to go outside. Putting either down or rehoming is not an option. Besides them being seperated, shall i give them some homeopathic anxiety drops like Rescue Remedy and get the older one a spikey collar to prevent throat injury? They both fight in the throat area and have never gone to another body part to fight/bite. Full on kill mode. Any suggestions will be appreciated. They have both been spayed and the younger one gets most of the affection as she is demanding,. while other one mosely sleeps through life . I can NOT afford a behaviorist. Thanks. Liesel. South Africa

    I have 2 Staffies, one small purebred (4) and a larger one crossed with a Boxer (14). The older one has gone stone deaf and is moving a little slower. The younger is now trying kill the older one. Just her bigger size and droopy neck flesh is keeping her alive. The older one has the most awesome disposition of any dog I have ever come across!! NEVER a sign of aggression to anyone (except snarling twice at drunk guys who arrived at my door and wanted stuff from me...i was very anxious). Tonight there was another fight...this time the younger one had older one by the throat...there was the most insane snarling, fighting sounds but my older made no noise so i presume she was being suffocated. I got the younger one off and seperated them. (PS there is no visible sign of attacks...the older one can just be walking past or wake up from sleep and younger attacks). Tomorrow they will be all lovey dovey and best of friends again. They do both seem to be showing signs of stress....older one continuously licking paws, panting and shaking. Younger one over excitable, and weeing inside, after being houstrained and door always open to go outside. Putting either down or rehoming is not an option. Besides them being seperated, shall i give them some homeopathic anxiety drops like Rescue Remedy and get the older one a spikey collar to prevent throat injury? They both fight in the throat area and have never gone to another body part to fight/bite. Full on kill mode. Any suggestions will be appreciated. They have both been spayed and the younger one gets most of the affection as she is demanding,. while other one mosely sleeps through life . I can NOT afford a behaviorist. Thanks. Liesel. South Africa

  • A. M.

    A. M. Texas

    We adopted a dog from our local animal control, about 3 weeks ago, that was on senior alert. We asked about her, her history, where they got her from, before we adopted her. We brought her home and she immediately got along with our other pets. Everything has been great. She ignores everything. Tonight she attacked one of our dogs and we couldn't get her to let go of him. She hurt him really really bad. We had to bring him to the emergency vet and his regular vet tomorrow for possible surgery for his injuries. I don't know what to do with the adopted dog. If I bring her back to animal control they will euthanize her. Shes an amazing dog! Infact, my parents cat attacked her last week and she didn't even try to hurt the cat. We do not have a no kill shelter around me, no rescues are taking in owner surrenders. I feel a huge amount of guilt and conflicting emotions on what to do with her. My loyalty to my hurt dog is to get her out of the house ASAP, protect the other animals, my kids, husband and myself. But at the same time, shes a sweet dog, I thought couldn't hurt a piece of grass, i feel needs a chance to continue to live. But not with us? With us? WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO??????

    We adopted a dog from our local animal control, about 3 weeks ago, that was on senior alert. We asked about her, her history, where they got her from, before we adopted her. We brought her home and she immediately got along with our other pets. Everything has been great. She ignores everything. Tonight she attacked one of our dogs and we couldn't get her to let go of him. She hurt him really really bad. We had to bring him to the emergency vet and his regular vet tomorrow for possible surgery for his injuries.
    I don't know what to do with the adopted dog. If I bring her back to animal control they will euthanize her. Shes an amazing dog! Infact, my parents cat attacked her last week and she didn't even try to hurt the cat.
    We do not have a no kill shelter around me, no rescues are taking in owner surrenders. I feel a huge amount of guilt and conflicting emotions on what to do with her.
    My loyalty to my hurt dog is to get her out of the house ASAP, protect the other animals, my kids, husband and myself. But at the same time, shes a sweet dog, I thought couldn't hurt a piece of grass, i feel needs a chance to continue to live. But not with us? With us?
    WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO??????

  • Jessica

    Jessica Kentucky

    My boyfriend and I moved in together. I had an older Jack Russell. He was 11years old. He has a black lab and Aussie mix. They all got a long well together. He wanted to rescue an Alaskan Malamute that had been abused and neglected. She had been living outside for 2 years. The previous owners could never touch her. She feared men. It took us a week to get her to trust us but even then she was sedated to transport. We brought her home and worked with her a lot and kept her separated from our dogs. We slowly introduced them always keeping each dog on a leash. After a month of doing this we started letting the dogs hang out together in the living room. We felt that they were fine together. I left to go run an errand. I did not lock up the other dogs from the malamute bc they had been getting along just fine and left a lone together before so I didn’t think anything of it. When I came home I found my 11 yr old jack Russell that I had had from a puppy dead. There was no blood. His neck had been snapped. We have cameras installed in our house. My boyfriend watched the camera and found that my jack Russell had curled up to sleep under a blanket. The malamute has walked past the blanket and saw it move as my dog shifted in his sleep. She just snapped. She never made a sound she just attacked my dog. He let out a little whimper and that was the only sound. When I came home she had our lab pinned to the ground and I broke that up and when I found my jack Russell I started screaming and crying. The malamute then started trying to go after me the closer I got to my dog. I blame myself every day for this. I think if I had just come home earlier and not go to that extra store my dog could still be alive or if I had just put my dog up another room like we usually did he would still be here. I don’t think I can ever forgive myself. It is hard to lose your best friend of 11 years. We had been through a lot together. He was kind of my emotional support dog. I’m just waiting for it to get easier.

    My boyfriend and I moved in together. I had an older Jack Russell. He was 11years old. He has a black lab and Aussie mix. They all got a long well together. He wanted to rescue an Alaskan Malamute that had been abused and neglected. She had been living outside for 2 years. The previous owners could never touch her. She feared men. It took us a week to get her to trust us but even then she was sedated to transport. We brought her home and worked with her a lot and kept her separated from our dogs. We slowly introduced them always keeping each dog on a leash. After a month of doing this we started letting the dogs hang out together in the living room. We felt that they were fine together. I left to go run an errand. I did not lock up the other dogs from the malamute bc they had been getting along just fine and left a lone together before so I didn’t think anything of it. When I came home I found my 11 yr old jack Russell that I had had from a puppy dead. There was no blood. His neck had been snapped. We have cameras installed in our house. My boyfriend watched the camera and found that my jack Russell had curled up to sleep under a blanket. The malamute has walked past the blanket and saw it move as my dog shifted in his sleep. She just snapped. She never made a sound she just attacked my dog. He let out a little whimper and that was the only sound. When I came home she had our lab pinned to the ground and I broke that up and when I found my jack Russell I started screaming and crying. The malamute then started trying to go after me the closer I got to my dog. I blame myself every day for this. I think if I had just come home earlier and not go to that extra store my dog could still be alive or if I had just put my dog up another room like we usually did he would still be here. I don’t think I can ever forgive myself. It is hard to lose your best friend of 11 years. We had been through a lot together. He was kind of my emotional support dog. I’m just waiting for it to get easier.

  • Manny Quinones

    Manny Quinones Tampa fl

    Please help me understand. We came home from work today to have all 4 of my dogs greet us at the door. 2 chihuahua’s one terrier mix and my pitt mix. It a always loud and crazy. Out of nowhere my pit bull grabbed the terrier mix by the Head and was pulling her. Literally had to pry her mouth open to release the terrier. She ended up breaking the terriers jaw and leg and leaving her with big open wounds on her head and throat. The pitt was always so quit and affectionate. Never gave signs of aggression. They had be been together for over 5 years. Now the terrier is in hospital with significant wounds and extensive treatment needed. What do I do. Get rid of pitt? Put her down for safety of my other two chihuahua’s?

    Please help me understand. We came home from work today to have all 4 of my dogs greet us at the door. 2 chihuahua’s one terrier mix and my pitt mix. It a always loud and crazy. Out of nowhere my pit bull grabbed the terrier mix by the Head and was pulling her. Literally had to pry her mouth open to release the terrier. She ended up breaking the terriers jaw and leg and leaving her with big open wounds on her head and throat. The pitt was always so quit and affectionate. Never gave signs of aggression. They had be been together for over 5 years. Now the terrier is in hospital with significant wounds and extensive treatment needed. What do I do. Get rid of pitt? Put her down for safety of my other two chihuahua’s?

  • Lavina

    Lavina Australia

    I had 6 dogs, 4 jack russells and 2 big dogs, we live on a farm, they have lived in harmony for over 6 years, last week, the 2 big dogs attacked one of my jack russells, it was horrific, I was helpless as the ripped him apart, they was in a frenzy, Norman was defensless, it was the worst day of my life, I am sobbing now writing this, I can’t get the image out of my mind, Norman was my darling and we loved each other dearly, I feel like I will never get over this, we buried norman in the garden and the two big dogs went to the vet to be put to sleep. We went from 6 dogs to 3 in 12 hours. I love you Norman and I’m so sorry💗

    I had 6 dogs, 4 jack russells and 2 big dogs, we live on a farm, they have lived in harmony for over 6 years, last week, the 2 big dogs attacked one of my jack russells, it was horrific, I was helpless as the ripped him apart, they was in a frenzy, Norman was defensless, it was the worst day of my life, I am sobbing now writing this, I can’t get the image out of my mind, Norman was my darling and we loved each other dearly, I feel like I will never get over this, we buried norman in the garden and the two big dogs went to the vet to be put to sleep. We went from 6 dogs to 3 in 12 hours. I love you Norman and I’m so sorry💗

  • Debbie

    Debbie NC

    I have 2 4 yr old female beagle/Springer mix and 2 10 month old male chiweenies. All are spayed and neutered. They have been sharing a backyard for the last 8 months. No problems. They have been playing together. Today the 2 older dogs have been attacking one of the pups. Chasing him and pinning him down. They even did it once while we were outside with them. Can anyone shed some light on what's going on suddenly?

    I have 2 4 yr old female beagle/Springer mix and 2 10 month old male chiweenies. All are spayed and neutered. They have been sharing a backyard for the last 8 months. No problems. They have been playing together. Today the 2 older dogs have been attacking one of the pups. Chasing him and pinning him down. They even did it once while we were outside with them. Can anyone shed some light on what's going on suddenly?

  • Michelle

    Michelle South Africa

    We have a staffie and she recently had puppies. She vit our jack russel a few weeks ago and his leg was hurt. He was making a quick recovery but she bit him this evening and he didn't make it. I'm so sad about our baby but now my parents want to take our staffie, Nala, to the pound. I don't know what to do and if there even is something I can do. Michelle, There can be many reasons for this situation, the best approach is to consult a specialist and have the dog evaluated and then make a decision. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Gaby

    We have a staffie and she recently had puppies. She vit our jack russel a few weeks ago and his leg was hurt. He was making a quick recovery but she bit him this evening and he didn't make it. I'm so sad about our baby but now my parents want to take our staffie, Nala, to the pound. I don't know what to do and if there even is something I can do.

    Michelle,
    There can be many reasons for this situation, the best approach is to consult a specialist and have the dog evaluated and then make a decision. Please accept my sincerest condolences.
    Gaby

  • Chandis

    Chandis Jamaica

    Hi. Feeling devastated. Looking for understanding. On Tues Aug 14th in the morning my 13 years old Zoe was attacked and mauled by 3 of my bigger dogs 5 and 6 years old (BellaSera, Champagne and Surprise all related). I was inside the house upstairs and heard the cries of a dog being attacked and ran to see what was happening. While frantically running I heard the back door pushed open by my youngest rescue Wanderer obviously trying to get me. I was shocked to see my 3 girls on top of Zoe. They had great respect for her. Always deferred to her. Practically worshiped her since they were puppies even though she was a smaller breed to them (mixed not sure with what she was just cute) I fought to part them, I have mild injuries too but when I finally was successful Zoe was a bloody mess but alive. I decided to wash her off which took several hours (made her rest from time to time) by 5 in the evening I trimmed her fur and saw that the wounds were more significant than I thought. I planned to take her to the vet in the morning. By 12:17 a.m. she was dead. I feel such guilt and confusion. Why didn't I let her stay inside, she wanted to hang out with me? (Pre attack) Why didn't I rush to the vet? (Posy attack) Why did my girls do this to a dog they adored? How do I love them and forgive them? (I am not euphanising them or abandoning them) I just hate myself. Zoe didn't deserve this. She had so much more years left. Thanks for reading. I don't know what I will get from this. It is true it is taboo. I don't plan on really talking about it unless asked to be honest. I feel shame and confusion and gulit and sadness but your page has offered a little insight through those feelings as to how it happens. Thank you.

    Hi. Feeling devastated. Looking for understanding. On Tues Aug 14th in the morning my 13 years old Zoe was attacked and mauled by 3 of my bigger dogs 5 and 6 years old (BellaSera, Champagne and Surprise all related). I was inside the house upstairs and heard the cries of a dog being attacked and ran to see what was happening. While frantically running I heard the back door pushed open by my youngest rescue Wanderer obviously trying to get me. I was shocked to see my 3 girls on top of Zoe. They had great respect for her. Always deferred to her. Practically worshiped her since they were puppies even though she was a smaller breed to them (mixed not sure with what she was just cute) I fought to part them, I have mild injuries too but when I finally was successful Zoe was a bloody mess but alive. I decided to wash her off which took several hours (made her rest from time to time) by 5 in the evening I trimmed her fur and saw that the wounds were more significant than I thought. I planned to take her to the vet in the morning. By 12:17 a.m. she was dead. I feel such guilt and confusion. Why didn't I let her stay inside, she wanted to hang out with me? (Pre attack) Why didn't I rush to the vet? (Posy attack) Why did my girls do this to a dog they adored? How do I love them and forgive them? (I am not euphanising them or abandoning them) I just hate myself. Zoe didn't deserve this. She had so much more years left. Thanks for reading. I don't know what I will get from this. It is true it is taboo. I don't plan on really talking about it unless asked to be honest. I feel shame and confusion and gulit and sadness but your page has offered a little insight through those feelings as to how it happens. Thank you.

  • Michael

    Michael

    So my uncle asked my parents to babysit their dog. This dog, named Remy, is big and likes to hunt animals like squirrels. I have two dogs, one a Shih Tzu (Wilson), the other one... we don't know what she is (But she is a lap dog. Her name is Tilly). We let out Remy into the backyard and we wanted to check and see if the dogs would get along. As my uncle stepped outside, both of my dogs ran outside underneath his legs. Within seconds, Remy is trying to pounce on Tilly, yet she leaves Wilson alone. She didn't get hurt, but if she was out there for a few minutes, it could've ended in an early grave for Tilly. I haven't seen anything like this before, so what should we do? We're stuck with Remy for the entire weekend, and we can't even let her outside of one room. What is going on?

    So my uncle asked my parents to babysit their dog. This dog, named Remy, is big and likes to hunt animals like squirrels. I have two dogs, one a Shih Tzu (Wilson), the other one... we don't know what she is (But she is a lap dog. Her name is Tilly). We let out Remy into the backyard and we wanted to check and see if the dogs would get along. As my uncle stepped outside, both of my dogs ran outside underneath his legs. Within seconds, Remy is trying to pounce on Tilly, yet she leaves Wilson alone. She didn't get hurt, but if she was out there for a few minutes, it could've ended in an early grave for Tilly.

    I haven't seen anything like this before, so what should we do? We're stuck with Remy for the entire weekend, and we can't even let her outside of one room. What is going on?

  • Gaby DufresneCyr

    Gaby DufresneCyr

    The following is a live-stream I did on the topic of dogs killing another dog within the same household that might answer some questions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3beN-_oaEyI

    The following is a live-stream I did on the topic of dogs killing another dog within the same household that might answer some questions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3beN-_oaEyI

  • Cailey G

    Cailey G CO

    I had 4 dogs before this weekend. 2 in one big kennel and the other 2 separated in two other kennels. They all got along fine except with the occasional snip of annoyance. Well I left this weekend and forgot to mention that 2 of my dogs can not be kenneled together as they get too crowded and annoyed amd have gotten into a little fight before but I also figured they would just be put back the way they were let out. I left back towards home to a devasting call that my step mom had put 3 dogs in one kennel and my sweet Deja was badly attacked. I had them rush her to the vet but only to find that injuries were only worse not better and that when I got home I would have to put her down because the closest rehabilitation center to possibly better care for her is 4 hours away and she had bleeding in her stomach and air in her chest cavity so how could I put her through that drive om top of her hurting so badly? It kills me that I had to make the decision to leave my dog, I feel like I gave up even though the vet tried to reassure me. I don't know what to do with my 2 other dogs that were with her, one of them has never wanted any altercation and only had one little bite on her face and I don't know if she was apart of it or not but from how badly my Deja was, I wonder how it was only done by one dog. I don't know what to do with them, I'm so heartbroken and guilt ridden because it is my fault but I don't want to be around them, I can't look at them without thinking of my sweet baby and the truama I have from losing my dog while I was on my honeymoon just over a year ago, it was reliving a nightmere to get that call all over again(just slightly different because I don't know what happened last year and I didn't get to say goodbye or be there for him). I love my dogs and I know it wasn't there fault but I have so many mixed emotions, I don't know what to do.

    I had 4 dogs before this weekend. 2 in one big kennel and the other 2 separated in two other kennels. They all got along fine except with the occasional snip of annoyance. Well I left this weekend and forgot to mention that 2 of my dogs can not be kenneled together as they get too crowded and annoyed amd have gotten into a little fight before but I also figured they would just be put back the way they were let out. I left back towards home to a devasting call that my step mom had put 3 dogs in one kennel and my sweet Deja was badly attacked. I had them rush her to the vet but only to find that injuries were only worse not better and that when I got home I would have to put her down because the closest rehabilitation center to possibly better care for her is 4 hours away and she had bleeding in her stomach and air in her chest cavity so how could I put her through that drive om top of her hurting so badly? It kills me that I had to make the decision to leave my dog, I feel like I gave up even though the vet tried to reassure me. I don't know what to do with my 2 other dogs that were with her, one of them has never wanted any altercation and only had one little bite on her face and I don't know if she was apart of it or not but from how badly my Deja was, I wonder how it was only done by one dog. I don't know what to do with them, I'm so heartbroken and guilt ridden because it is my fault but I don't want to be around them, I can't look at them without thinking of my sweet baby and the truama I have from losing my dog while I was on my honeymoon just over a year ago, it was reliving a nightmere to get that call all over again(just slightly different because I don't know what happened last year and I didn't get to say goodbye or be there for him). I love my dogs and I know it wasn't there fault but I have so many mixed emotions, I don't know what to do.

  • Laurel

    Laurel Ohio, USA

    I am devestated. I just lost my 12 year old son, a 4 kg beautiful Havanese who was by far the sweetest, kindnest, most docile dog I have ever had, he was my son. My other son Dellgado, also 4 kg, killed him...an 11 year old chihuahua. I have two other chihuahuas, Chloe age 12, also 4 kg, and Moka age 6, 2 kg. Chloe and Dell were adopted together. As with these stories, these 2 were best friends, living together for 8 years. We always commented on how much they all love each other. They stay in a crate all day and love it...it is actually a huge human playpen that meets the space requiements. They had been in there since 2014. My husband came home and it was a crime scene. He rushed him to the vet Tuesday night, they were going to do surgery but he was in shock and not stable. They stabilized him more, to find he was in kidney failure, the BUN was 127. I have no clue how this was so high as he showed no signs. My husband and I decided to keep trying IV Fluids to see if the BUN comes down and they can operate. However...i got a 911 call at 1:15 am. On Thursday at 2:35 am I made the decision to end his suffering, his lungs collapsed and he could barely breathe in oxygen. I rushed 35 min to the hospital so I could at least be with him, have a song play when he leaves, and read a prayer over him. I feel he died of the attack...the one vet said the kidney issue had him time limited, as in a few days...but he would have had a week without this act of violence. I am distraught, self blaming, and my head feels so sore from all the sobbing. I am waiting a call back from the vet to determine if Delgado smelled the death from renal issues or of the kidney failure was from the attack. If it is from the attack, we need to discuss next steps for Dellgado. As it is the other dogs won't go by him. He was in isolation but since the one vet thought it was illness-triggered he is back with Chloe and Moka. Chloe, who normally adores him, wont go near him; we always call them mother son as they look alike and we do not know their history. She wont look at him. As they witnessed the violence, she is acting very shook up, sad, nervous, anxious. Since Moka is so tiny, I will not leave them alone. Chloe could defend herself if need be, although I would hope it would not come to that. Being an advocate for mental health awareness, I know I need some therapy for this. I totally flipped out on the phone yesterday when the vet told me of his kidney issues. I think they called my husband, who mysteriously came home. I am going to see if my employer therapy thing will fit but if not, would appreciate a referral to a therapist who gets these things and won't just think I am being dramatic.

    I am devestated. I just lost my 12 year old son, a 4 kg beautiful Havanese who was by far the sweetest, kindnest, most docile dog I have ever had, he was my son. My other son Dellgado, also 4 kg, killed him...an 11 year old chihuahua. I have two other chihuahuas, Chloe age 12, also 4 kg, and Moka age 6, 2 kg. Chloe and Dell were adopted together.

    As with these stories, these 2 were best friends, living together for 8 years. We always commented on how much they all love each other. They stay in a crate all day and love it...it is actually a huge human playpen that meets the space requiements. They had been in there since 2014. My husband came home and it was a crime scene. He rushed him to the vet Tuesday night, they were going to do surgery but he was in shock and not stable. They stabilized him more, to find he was in kidney failure, the BUN was 127. I have no clue how this was so high as he showed no signs. My husband and I decided to keep trying IV Fluids to see if the BUN comes down and they can operate. However...i got a 911 call at 1:15 am. On Thursday at 2:35 am I made the decision to end his suffering, his lungs collapsed and he could barely breathe in oxygen. I rushed 35 min to the hospital so I could at least be with him, have a song play when he leaves, and read a prayer over him. I feel he died of the attack...the one vet said the kidney issue had him time limited, as in a few days...but he would have had a week without this act of violence.

    I am distraught, self blaming, and my head feels so sore from all the sobbing. I am waiting a call back from the vet to determine if Delgado smelled the death from renal issues or of the kidney failure was from the attack. If it is from the attack, we need to discuss next steps for Dellgado. As it is the other dogs won't go by him. He was in isolation but since the one vet thought it was illness-triggered he is back with Chloe and Moka. Chloe, who normally adores him, wont go near him; we always call them mother son as they look alike and we do not know their history. She wont look at him. As they witnessed the violence, she is acting very shook up, sad, nervous, anxious. Since Moka is so tiny, I will not leave them alone. Chloe could defend herself if need be, although I would hope it would not come to that.

    Being an advocate for mental health awareness, I know I need some therapy for this. I totally flipped out on the phone yesterday when the vet told me of his kidney issues. I think they called my husband, who mysteriously came home. I am going to see if my employer therapy thing will fit but if not, would appreciate a referral to a therapist who gets these things and won't just think I am being dramatic.

  • Kellie

    Kellie Australia

    Male 7 years in the last 4 months has killed two cats. I can't trust him at the dog pack with some dogs he stalks their every move waiting to pounce on their neck. Will often throttle his bitch mate,but have witnessed some vindictive botching IE biting her back when she walks away.you can see the madness at times on his face. I feel he is going a bit crazy he has had multiple seizures over some years. I think I want him out to sleep

    Male 7 years in the last 4 months has killed two cats. I can't trust him at the dog pack with some dogs he stalks their every move waiting to pounce on their neck. Will often throttle his bitch mate,but have witnessed some vindictive botching IE biting her back when she walks away.you can see the madness at times on his face. I feel he is going a bit crazy he has had multiple seizures over some years. I think I want him out to sleep

  • Raj

    Raj Mauritius Island

    Hello, I have 5 dogs a male Dalmatian (9years), a female terrier mix (9yesrs), a female daschand (4years), a make bichon (2years) and a male German Shepherd (soon to be 1) The Dalamatian is aggressive, I neutered him last year in December because he killed a puppy. He usually plays with the terrier mix and the daschand and the bichon and GSD are kept separately due to he’s aggresivity. Now on Sunday he attacked my neighbor’s dog who entered the yard and yesterday out of no where he nearly killed the daschand. Unfortunately in Mauritius we do not have good qualified trainers/ behaviorist. I’ve spoke to easily 5 vets and they all opting to put him to sleep. But I’m still wondering if that is the best solution. Kindly advise Thank you

    Hello,

    I have 5 dogs a male Dalmatian (9years), a female terrier mix (9yesrs), a female daschand (4years), a make bichon (2years) and a male German Shepherd (soon to be 1)

    The Dalamatian is aggressive, I neutered him last year in December because he killed a puppy.

    He usually plays with the terrier mix and the daschand and the bichon and GSD are kept separately due to he’s aggresivity.

    Now on Sunday he attacked my neighbor’s dog who entered the yard and yesterday out of no where he nearly killed the daschand.

    Unfortunately in Mauritius we do not have good qualified trainers/ behaviorist.

    I’ve spoke to easily 5 vets and they all opting to put him to sleep.

    But I’m still wondering if that is the best solution. Kindly advise

    Thank you

  • Katrina

    Katrina Kentucky, U.S.

    Our 2 yr old GSD just killed our 7 month old puppy. They were in their kennel together (as they have been since the pup was 8 weeks old) and we went out. When we came back after 3 hours the adult was still attacking the pup. He wasn't even moving anymore (we grabbed him and rushed to the vet but he didn't make the trip). We have 2 other dogs, a 2 yr old Catahoula mix and a 12 yr old heeler as well as a bunch of cats. The two 2 yr olds will sometimes fight but not major and it's 99% of the time the Catahoula that starts it. We are completely at a loss as to what to do. The 2 yr old GSD that killed the pup has had over 12k of training to be my fiancee's PTSD service dog but now we feel it's not safe to keep him let alone use him for a service dog. My fiancee is considering putting him to sleep and I am trying to convine him to at least try to find a rescue that will take him.

    Our 2 yr old GSD just killed our 7 month old puppy. They were in their kennel together (as they have been since the pup was 8 weeks old) and we went out. When we came back after 3 hours the adult was still attacking the pup. He wasn't even moving anymore (we grabbed him and rushed to the vet but he didn't make the trip). We have 2 other dogs, a 2 yr old Catahoula mix and a 12 yr old heeler as well as a bunch of cats. The two 2 yr olds will sometimes fight but not major and it's 99% of the time the Catahoula that starts it. We are completely at a loss as to what to do. The 2 yr old GSD that killed the pup has had over 12k of training to be my fiancee's PTSD service dog but now we feel it's not safe to keep him let alone use him for a service dog. My fiancee is considering putting him to sleep and I am trying to convine him to at least try to find a rescue that will take him.

  • Acire

    Acire New jersey

    I need advice please,my daughter rescue a mix terrie, she is female, she grouwup with my other dog ground hound, she is always attack him,let him bleeding now my other soon get a puppy labradorite and she suddenly attack the puppy with out a razon or just because the puppy pass near her,we try everything now I have to get a mussle for her, please help I don't want to put her to sleep but I am desperately and to worsse my cancer came back I am really nerves all the time.thank you

    I need advice please,my daughter rescue a mix terrie, she is female, she grouwup with my other dog ground hound, she is always attack him,let him bleeding now my other soon get a puppy labradorite and she suddenly attack the puppy with out a razon or just because the puppy pass near her,we try everything now I have to get a mussle for her, please help I don't want to put her to sleep but I am desperately and to worsse my cancer came back I am really nerves all the time.thank you

  • Cherie

    Cherie Nevada

    I have (had) 4 dogs. 2 nights ago I had to put my dog Joey (chuiwini) down because my pitbull, Roarke, attacked him over a cheeseburger my husband had left unattended on the coffee table and caused him severe injury. My pit has attacked Joey and my minpin tibby before over food, but the injuries have never been this severe. I was literally just about to pick up Joey right as Roarke went after him. I grabbed Roarke by his collar, screaming at him, and spanking at him to let Joey go while I heard Joey crying in pain. I finally got Roarke off of him and went to pick joey up and there was blood everywhere. He had a huge gash and puncture wound in his side, a slice on his upper chest, and several function wounds on his back. I wrapped him in a towel and rushed him to the animal emergency hospital. The second the doctor came in I knew it wasn't good. She was concerned that the wound on his side had gone all the way through his abdomen, he had severe muscle bruising, his lungs were bruised, he had fractured ribs, and she was concerned by his breathing that some of the puncture wounds went in to his cheat causing air to go in between his chest and lungs. I had the option do to surgeries on him, but in the first 24-48 hrs it would have been 4 grand and she said he only had a 50/50 chance of survival due to his age and his diabetes. If he did make it through, he was at a higher risk of developing secondary complications and his healing would be prolonged because of his diabetic condition. I feel like this is all my fault. I feel so guilty that I was literally right there about to pick my baby up to cuddle him and it happened just like that. I held him the entire time, told him how much I love him, how sorry I am that i didn't protect him. I don't know how to feel about my dog whi killed him. I know he didn't do it on purpose, but it hurts that he took away my baby. I was the closest to Joey and I am having a really difficult time dealing with the fact that he's gone and an even harder time with how it happened. My husband has a 2 year old from a previous relationship and he is wanting me to get rid of Roarke because he thinks he may one day attack his daughter. Hea constantly saying he's a murderer which doesn't help me in my emotional state and he said to me last night that he should be euthanized. I think Roarke knows that Joey is never coming home again because he hasn't eaten since it happened. I don't know what to do. I am so heartbroken over the loss of my Joey and I am such a mess. Please, if you have any advice or can help me in any way it would be appreciated.

    I have (had) 4 dogs. 2 nights ago I had to put my dog Joey (chuiwini) down because my pitbull, Roarke, attacked him over a cheeseburger my husband had left unattended on the coffee table and caused him severe injury. My pit has attacked Joey and my minpin tibby before over food, but the injuries have never been this severe. I was literally just about to pick up Joey right as Roarke went after him. I grabbed Roarke by his collar, screaming at him, and spanking at him to let Joey go while I heard Joey crying in pain. I finally got Roarke off of him and went to pick joey up and there was blood everywhere. He had a huge gash and puncture wound in his side, a slice on his upper chest, and several function wounds on his back. I wrapped him in a towel and rushed him to the animal emergency hospital. The second the doctor came in I knew it wasn't good. She was concerned that the wound on his side had gone all the way through his abdomen, he had severe muscle bruising, his lungs were bruised, he had fractured ribs, and she was concerned by his breathing that some of the puncture wounds went in to his cheat causing air to go in between his chest and lungs. I had the option do to surgeries on him, but in the first 24-48 hrs it would have been 4 grand and she said he only had a 50/50 chance of survival due to his age and his diabetes. If he did make it through, he was at a higher risk of developing secondary complications and his healing would be prolonged because of his diabetic condition. I feel like this is all my fault. I feel so guilty that I was literally right there about to pick my baby up to cuddle him and it happened just like that. I held him the entire time, told him how much I love him, how sorry I am that i didn't protect him. I don't know how to feel about my dog whi killed him. I know he didn't do it on purpose, but it hurts that he took away my baby. I was the closest to Joey and I am having a really difficult time dealing with the fact that he's gone and an even harder time with how it happened. My husband has a 2 year old from a previous relationship and he is wanting me to get rid of Roarke because he thinks he may one day attack his daughter. Hea constantly saying he's a murderer which doesn't help me in my emotional state and he said to me last night that he should be euthanized. I think Roarke knows that Joey is never coming home again because he hasn't eaten since it happened. I don't know what to do. I am so heartbroken over the loss of my Joey and I am such a mess. Please, if you have any advice or can help me in any way it would be appreciated.

  • Scout

    Scout Louisiana

    I want to thank everyone who've told your story!!! It helps me out but I still feel like it's my fault. I should of trusted my Keyco!! We've just got a beautiful Pomeranian Scout and I thought they were best friends ( I thought wrong) I also have a bulldog that's my husband's dog and we don't trust him NMW we keep a children's gate up but Scout and Keyco was a different story just the best of friends!!! I went out Saturday night to walk them I walk them separately...so nothing would happen to anyone of them. With the Pomeranian I carry the sweet lil baby I would carry so nothing would happen with him. I walked baby Scout 1st gave him he's treat which I do every time we walk them...came and got Keyco and did the same gave him his treat I see scout follow Keyco what happens all the time I went back to cooking and we've heard vicious sounds coming from the back I grabbed my pit Keyco pinned him down and by that time he destroyed that beautiful sweet angel my husband grabbed Scout and his beautiful eye was messed up really bad he was going to loose it but the more they look at Scout the vet that was very very cold said his jaw was broken fluid in his lung plus bones broken felt like a surgery would not help who we had a euthanize to poor baby 😥😥 I didn't want no part of my Keyco!!! but I know that something that he would normally not do a trusted him I'm so disgusted so disappointed of would he done!! My husband wants me to get rid of him but I can't right now anyway I know he didn't mean to do that!!! He keeps looking for poor baby Scout and I feel really bad for him but really really bad for my son that was his baby his companion the best friend that baby made him happy!!! I don't know if I can look at my Keyco the same after that!!! We live in a condo and I don't want anyone ask me about the baby and I just want to be left alone!! Thank everyone who've shared their story it helps some but this still should have never happened!!!

    I want to thank everyone who've told your story!!! It helps me out but I still feel like it's my fault. I should of trusted my Keyco!! We've just got a beautiful Pomeranian Scout and I thought they were best friends ( I thought wrong) I also have a bulldog that's my husband's dog and we don't trust him NMW we keep a children's gate up but Scout and Keyco was a different story just the best of friends!!! I went out Saturday night to walk them I walk them separately...so nothing would happen to anyone of them. With the Pomeranian I carry the sweet lil baby I would carry so nothing would happen with him. I walked baby Scout 1st gave him he's treat which I do every time we walk them...came and got Keyco and did the same gave him his treat I see scout follow Keyco what happens all the time I went back to cooking and we've heard vicious sounds coming from the back I grabbed my pit Keyco pinned him down and by that time he destroyed that beautiful sweet angel my husband grabbed Scout and his beautiful eye was messed up really bad he was going to loose it but the more they look at Scout the vet that was very very cold said his jaw was broken fluid in his lung plus bones broken felt like a surgery would not help who we had a euthanize to poor baby 😥😥 I didn't want no part of my Keyco!!! but I know that something that he would normally not do a trusted him I'm so disgusted so disappointed of would he done!! My husband wants me to get rid of him but I can't right now anyway I know he didn't mean to do that!!! He keeps looking for poor baby Scout and I feel really bad for him but really really bad for my son that was his baby his companion the best friend that baby made him happy!!! I don't know if I can look at my Keyco the same after that!!! We live in a condo and I don't want anyone ask me about the baby and I just want to be left alone!! Thank everyone who've shared their story it helps some but this still should have never happened!!!

  • Jessie

    Jessie Tennessee

    I had 4 dogs. an 8 year old schnauzer, a jack russell terrier mix, and two male pittbull 11 mo old puppies. a few days ago the large pitt injured the russell mix so badly she died, she had always been aggressive toward the pitts but they played with her and even would antagonize her to chase them. one was always pawing her and bouncing when he did that, I think that is how he hurt her. When she failed to get up they began licking on her, there were no bite marks. Is it possible that this was an accident? They do paw the schnauzer but not like they did the jack russell mix.

    I had 4 dogs. an 8 year old schnauzer, a jack russell terrier mix, and two male pittbull 11 mo old puppies. a few days ago the large pitt injured the russell mix so badly she died, she had always been aggressive toward the pitts but they played with her and even would antagonize her to chase them. one was always pawing her and bouncing when he did that, I think that is how he hurt her. When she failed to get up they began licking on her, there were no bite marks. Is it possible that this was an accident? They do paw the schnauzer but not like they did the jack russell mix.

  • Erica

    Erica Texas

    Our family just went through this today- to say I am devastated is an understatement. Our 6 year old Aussie killed our 14 year old Pom. I am beyond heartbroken by the lost of our Pom but equally heartbroken by the thought of losing our Aussie too. My husband fears keeping her b/c we have another Pom and young children. But what is so strange is the Aussie is otherwise the most docile, sweet dog you've ever meet. Please help us.

    Our family just went through this today- to say I am devastated is an understatement. Our 6 year old Aussie killed our 14 year old Pom. I am beyond heartbroken by the lost of our Pom but equally heartbroken by the thought of losing our Aussie too. My husband fears keeping her b/c we have another Pom and young children. But what is so strange is the Aussie is otherwise the most docile, sweet dog you've ever meet. Please help us.

  • Brooke

    Brooke Pennsylvania

    I am extremely hurt, heartbroken, and untrusting as our newer female dog that we’ve had for 1.5 years who is almost 2 lunged at our 4 year old female dog for what seemed she was being protective of me during a group play between me and both of them. The 1.5 year old is extremely dog aggressive and reactive with all other dogs besides our dog and our friend’s 2 dogs. Well, she now seems to be aggressive with ours and we are worried. They have always been best friends since day one. When the 1.5 year old lunged at our 4 year old dog, she wouldn’t let go of her ear and eventually broke her cartilage and caused her to get stitches in her ear. She just bit down and shook her. Had it not been for my husband there, I think she would’ve killed our 4 year old dog. Our older dog was crying in pain and the pup would not let go. It has been 3 days since the fight and they both have been acting fine like nothing has happened - have been playing and sleeping in the same bed together. I just can’t believe the 1.5 year old that has always played submissive to our older dog attacked her so aggressively and viciously. She didn’t growl or give her any warning. I am so lost and don’t know what to do. I can’t trust her and her dog aggressiveness. I’m worried it will happen again, or worse, she will start to turn human aggressive and bite one of us or someone else. She is very fear aggressive. I don’t know what to do to prevent this other than to get rid of her. Please help - thanks!

    I am extremely hurt, heartbroken, and untrusting as our newer female dog that we’ve had for 1.5 years who is almost 2 lunged at our 4 year old female dog for what seemed she was being protective of me during a group play between me and both of them. The 1.5 year old is extremely dog aggressive and reactive with all other dogs besides our dog and our friend’s 2 dogs. Well, she now seems to be aggressive with ours and we are worried. They have always been best friends since day one. When the 1.5 year old lunged at our 4 year old dog, she wouldn’t let go of her ear and eventually broke her cartilage and caused her to get stitches in her ear. She just bit down and shook her. Had it not been for my husband there, I think she would’ve killed our 4 year old dog. Our older dog was crying in pain and the pup would not let go.

    It has been 3 days since the fight and they both have been acting fine like nothing has happened - have been playing and sleeping in the same bed together.

    I just can’t believe the 1.5 year old that has always played submissive to our older dog attacked her so aggressively and viciously. She didn’t growl or give her any warning. I am so lost and don’t know what to do. I can’t trust her and her dog aggressiveness. I’m worried it will happen again, or worse, she will start to turn human aggressive and bite one of us or someone else. She is very fear aggressive. I don’t know what to do to prevent this other than to get rid of her.

    Please help - thanks!

  • Aloha

    Aloha Yankton, sd

    After reading everyones stories... I dont feel so alone... Yesterday after work, I came home to find my 9 year old chihuahua laying on the floor with her stomach ripped open... I had 6 dogs.. A dachshund, a pit, malamute, and 3 chihuahuas... She was my fiances and my oldest... Had her since I was 15 and now I'm 23. Anyway... I came home to find my dachshund covered in blood and blood stains around her mouth... The other dogs had absolutly no blood on their mouths... From the looks of it it looked like my dachshund had killed and ate into my 9 year old chihuahua... Bawling outside my fiance picked up my oldest pup and put her in a box so we could go bury her... We locked up our dachshund in a kennel to protect our other dogs... My dachshund had never displayed any behavior similar to that. In fact my chihuahua zooey had raised my dachshund baby since Baby was 6 months old... I was completely shocked and didnt know what to do... But I couldnt risk my others dogs or my stepson so today... My fiance and I after discussing how my dachshund had killed and ate one dog that we couldnt be responsible for her going to a new home and doing the same thing... And we couldnt risk anymore deaths in our own house... So my fiance today took my dachshund to the vet and had her put down. And from the description it was peaceful and she fell asleep in my fiances arms. I'm completely devastated after losing my firstdog and my rescue dog...

    After reading everyones stories... I dont feel so alone...

    Yesterday after work, I came home to find my 9 year old chihuahua laying on the floor with her stomach ripped open... I had 6 dogs.. A dachshund, a pit, malamute, and 3 chihuahuas... She was my fiances and my oldest... Had her since I was 15 and now I'm 23. Anyway... I came home to find my dachshund covered in blood and blood stains around her mouth... The other dogs had absolutly no blood on their mouths... From the looks of it it looked like my dachshund had killed and ate into my 9 year old chihuahua... Bawling outside my fiance picked up my oldest pup and put her in a box so we could go bury her... We locked up our dachshund in a kennel to protect our other dogs... My dachshund had never displayed any behavior similar to that. In fact my chihuahua zooey had raised my dachshund baby since Baby was 6 months old... I was completely shocked and didnt know what to do... But I couldnt risk my others dogs or my stepson so today... My fiance and I after discussing how my dachshund had killed and ate one dog that we couldnt be responsible for her going to a new home and doing the same thing... And we couldnt risk anymore deaths in our own house... So my fiance today took my dachshund to the vet and had her put down. And from the description it was peaceful and she fell asleep in my fiances arms.
    I'm completely devastated after losing my firstdog and my rescue dog...

  • Jacqueline Binkley

    Jacqueline Binkley

    3 years ago we had a lab and another mixed breed dog when Copper, a puppy pitbull, came to us. We also had rescue cats and birds. Our mixed breed dog, Hope, has some behavioral issues and will attack other dogs. We thought we had things under control, with Hope, but the attacks started again and centered on our 13 year old lab. In the beginning, it was only Hope involved, but Copper started to follow her. I feel responsible for not handling Hope better before Copper started to follow her. My husband was alone with the dogs recently when Hope attacked the lab. This time, Copper followed and joined the frenzy. My husband was unable to stop the fight before much damage was done. Unfortunately our lab has passed. We are so incredibly sad and it is very difficult to look at these two dogs without visualizing our fatally injured lab. We are concerned now, that with her previous target gone, will Hope be a danger to our house cats, children, visitors to our home, or even us? And, if she did lunge or make other aggressive moves, would Copper likely follow her again? I have emailed these questions to several rescues and have not heard anything. Please respond as we just don't know what to do. I have talked to our vet and read extensively, but we are so sad and confused. All of our pets have been rescues, but we have never had an aggressive animal. We have never euthanized an animal other than an elderly pet that was suffering.

    3 years ago we had a lab and another mixed breed dog when Copper, a puppy pitbull, came to us. We also had rescue cats and birds. Our mixed breed dog, Hope, has some behavioral issues and will attack other dogs. We thought we had things under control, with Hope, but the attacks started again and centered on our 13 year old lab. In the beginning, it was only Hope involved, but Copper started to follow her. I feel responsible for not handling Hope better before Copper started to follow her. My husband was alone with the dogs recently when Hope attacked the lab. This time, Copper followed and joined the frenzy. My husband was unable to stop the fight before much damage was done. Unfortunately our lab has passed. We are so incredibly sad and it is very difficult to look at these two dogs without visualizing our fatally injured lab. We are concerned now, that with her previous target gone, will Hope be a danger to our house cats, children, visitors to our home, or even us? And, if she did lunge or make other aggressive moves, would Copper likely follow her again? I have emailed these questions to several rescues and have not heard anything. Please respond as we just don't know what to do. I have talked to our vet and read extensively, but we are so sad and confused. All of our pets have been rescues, but we have never had an aggressive animal. We have never euthanized an animal other than an elderly pet that was suffering.

  • Nicole

    Nicole Illinois

    I dont know what to do. We have 4 dogs, two German Shepherds, a maltipoo, and a morkie. Yesterday our younger German Shepherd (2) killed my morkie (9mos). I'm so angry at my husband, even though I know it wasnt truly his fault, but I blame him for not getting the dog fixed. We just cant figure out why he did this, he doesnt go after the other dogs.

    I dont know what to do. We have 4 dogs, two German Shepherds, a maltipoo, and a morkie. Yesterday our younger German Shepherd (2) killed my morkie (9mos). I'm so angry at my husband, even though I know it wasnt truly his fault, but I blame him for not getting the dog fixed. We just cant figure out why he did this, he doesnt go after the other dogs.

  • Carrie

    Carrie Michigan

    I have 2 dogs, both German Shepherds. (I am unsure why, but most people think they are dangerous.) One is 8 years old the other is 4 years old. When 4 years came to us as a puppy. He was introduced to our at the time 4year old. The meetings went well. Both dogs have a close bond. The 4-year-old started to hunt rabbits and he would eat them. We are aware of at least 3 or 4 times he ate the rabbits. We had no issues with any other animals or people. Well, today we were told our dog went under the fence and killed our neighbor's little chihuahua. The neighbors dog is over 19 years old. We feel so horrible. They said they were concerned for their children. They said our dog went under fence attacked dog and went back under the fence to our home. Neither one of our dogs left our home or went back under that fence after the incident. Husband wants to put our dog down. I don't want to sound like a horrible person, I feel terrible about their dog. I do not fear their children will be hurt, but want to make sure we do the right thing. We got the dog for our son who beat cancer. We promised him a dog after he came home from all his treatments. I am torn and not sure what to do. Someone is hurt either way we turn, but we want to make sure we do what is best! Thank you

    I have 2 dogs, both German Shepherds. (I am unsure why, but most people think they are dangerous.) One is 8 years old the other is 4 years old. When 4 years came to us as a puppy. He was introduced to our at the time 4year old. The meetings went well. Both dogs have a close bond. The 4-year-old started to hunt rabbits and he would eat them. We are aware of at least 3 or 4 times he ate the rabbits. We had no issues with any other animals or people.

    Well, today we were told our dog went under the fence and killed our neighbor's little chihuahua. The neighbors dog is over 19 years old. We feel so horrible. They said they were concerned for their children. They said our dog went under fence attacked dog and went back under the fence to our home. Neither one of our dogs left our home or went back under that fence after the incident.

    Husband wants to put our dog down. I don't want to sound like a horrible person, I feel terrible about their dog. I do not fear their children will be hurt, but want to make sure we do the right thing. We got the dog for our son who beat cancer. We promised him a dog after he came home from all his treatments. I am torn and not sure what to do. Someone is hurt either way we turn, but we want to make sure we do what is best!

    Thank you

  • Lisa

    Lisa California

    We had 3 dogs, Bella, an 11 year old Chi mix, Mika, a 7 year old Pit mix, and our newest, a sweet little Husky Puppy named Juno, 10 weeks. The puppy was a little terror nipping and barking at the other 2, so we kept a close eye on them. All weekend however, the Pit mix and puppy seemed to be doing really well together. Monday night I heard nothing then all of a sudden, Juno runs into the bedroom crying loudly, and as I was getting up to help her, Mika, rushes in and over the top of me to get to Juno. I grabbed her with all my might, and she went after her 3 times. She did not bite her, but caused blunt force trauma. We thought she was going to be OK, but she developed an infection and internal bleed, so we had to have her euthanized Wednesday night. We were so devastated we made our daughter take Mika out of here (her dog but had lived with us since she was 7 months). We are beyond devastated. Juno was our little LOVE, and I feel SO RESPONSIBLE and just HORRIBLE. She was just a baby. Now Bella is here alone, and so lonely and sad. We had to put our 11 year old Rott down 6 weeks ago, she had an inoperable tumor, and became very sick. I do not know how I will ever get over this. We are all just so traumatized. How do I forgive myself???

    We had 3 dogs, Bella, an 11 year old Chi mix, Mika, a 7 year old Pit mix, and our newest, a sweet little Husky Puppy named Juno, 10 weeks. The puppy was a little terror nipping and barking at the other 2, so we kept a close eye on them. All weekend however, the Pit mix and puppy seemed to be doing really well together. Monday night I heard nothing then all of a sudden, Juno runs into the bedroom crying loudly, and as I was getting up to help her, Mika, rushes in and over the top of me to get to Juno. I grabbed her with all my might, and she went after her 3 times. She did not bite her, but caused blunt force trauma. We thought she was going to be OK, but she developed an infection and internal bleed, so we had to have her euthanized Wednesday night. We were so devastated we made our daughter take Mika out of here (her dog but had lived with us since she was 7 months). We are beyond devastated. Juno was our little LOVE, and I feel SO RESPONSIBLE and just HORRIBLE. She was just a baby. Now Bella is here alone, and so lonely and sad. We had to put our 11 year old Rott down 6 weeks ago, she had an inoperable tumor, and became very sick. I do not know how I will ever get over this. We are all just so traumatized. How do I forgive myself???

  • Jodi

    Jodi Australia

    I feel terrible. I went to feed the dogs before work this morning. And the oldest dog, Scoobie (11yrs), didn't come. I went looking for her. She was ripped open by my other dog (1yr). Dead. I feel horrible. I feel responsible in some way. I can't stop bawling my eyes out. 😭😭😭😭

    I feel terrible.
    I went to feed the dogs before work this morning. And the oldest dog, Scoobie (11yrs), didn't come. I went looking for her. She was ripped open by my other dog (1yr). Dead. I feel horrible. I feel responsible in some way. I can't stop bawling my eyes out. 😭😭😭😭

  • Emily

    Emily Michigan

    My dog(3 years old) Abby recently killed our other dog Lucy (2 years old) after being fine with one another for over a year. They shared a dog bed and played with one another. I am now at the point where I don’t know what to do with Abby? Will she attack again? I have a male hound who is 9 years old as well. I don’t want this to happen again. I don’t want her to snap at my children who are very young. I cannot find anywhere for her to go as far as rehoming. I am pondering the idea of putting her down and it’s killing me to think that I would ever have to do this to any of my animals.

    My dog(3 years old) Abby recently killed our other dog Lucy (2 years old) after being fine with one another for over a year. They shared a dog bed and played with one another. I am now at the point where I don’t know what to do with Abby? Will she attack again? I have a male hound who is 9 years old as well. I don’t want this to happen again. I don’t want her to snap at my children who are very young. I cannot find anywhere for her to go as far as rehoming. I am pondering the idea of putting her down and it’s killing me to think that I would ever have to do this to any of my animals.

  • Amber

    Amber Massachusetts

    I'm so sorry for everyone's loss, but I am glad this forum exists. We had 7 dogs, three were in the crate while we were gone but 4 were out. Our little Boston terrier mix has a habbit of barking and our larger dog thinks he is her puppy. She had gotten into the habbit of correcting him which we tried to stop, but we came home the other day and he was bitten in the neck, gone. It was aweful having to clean up his blood, knowing he died alone. Worst feeling of my life. It was his best friend who did it and she was barking at him to get up. I am so mad at her, I can't look at her. But I also can't loose her because she is a part of him. He is the only one she ever corrected and he was 1/3 her size. We are so devastated, but don't trust giving her to someone else. She was abused before and we do love her, but it's so hard to see her. We had him for 2 years and he was in our wedding, we recused him off of the streets. Litterally our worst nightmare. I don't know what to do or how to feel, and we don't even think we can tell people how he died for fear that they will want our dog put down. It's not just that he died, though that is devastating. It's how he died. I feel like I utterly failed as a mother and I am so confused. I'm so sorry for everyone's loss. You are not alone.

    I'm so sorry for everyone's loss, but I am glad this forum exists.

    We had 7 dogs, three were in the crate while we were gone but 4 were out. Our little Boston terrier mix has a habbit of barking and our larger dog thinks he is her puppy. She had gotten into the habbit of correcting him which we tried to stop, but we came home the other day and he was bitten in the neck, gone. It was aweful having to clean up his blood, knowing he died alone. Worst feeling of my life. It was his best friend who did it and she was barking at him to get up. I am so mad at her, I can't look at her. But I also can't loose her because she is a part of him. He is the only one she ever corrected and he was 1/3 her size. We are so devastated, but don't trust giving her to someone else. She was abused before and we do love her, but it's so hard to see her. We had him for 2 years and he was in our wedding, we recused him off of the streets. Litterally our worst nightmare. I don't know what to do or how to feel, and we don't even think we can tell people how he died for fear that they will want our dog put down. It's not just that he died, though that is devastating. It's how he died. I feel like I utterly failed as a mother and I am so confused.
    I'm so sorry for everyone's loss. You are not alone.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous NY

    I am so grateful I found this website and all this comments... Guilt, Guilt, Guilt..Every day since my Euro Great Dane gorgeous 160+ gladiator looking Diesel killed our chewawa mix. My son "does not want to talk about it". But my child is missing his tiny dog as he grew up with him. For 3 years I knew for sure any food dispute between our 2 dogs may end deadly for the small one. Fed them meat in a different rooms or was standing in between them. And missed the moment when chewawa was munching on a chicken wing and refused to give it up to a GD. 2-3 seconds of vicious growling and desperate cry of a small one...Trip to Vet ER at night with a small dog in agony - unable to stand or lay down or seat. Punctured wounds diameter of a pencil. ER XR showed multiple bones broken. Dislocated joints...There was not enough of pain meds to stop this torture. Putting down tiny animal as more pain meds would stop him from breathing. Vet trying to milk my account for every test and procedure in the book for everything what would not fix our Ratsy. Trying to squeeze an answer out of spastic throat of mine in the morning to my child's question "where is my little dog?" I should say to all questions and comments in the past 3 years "they are buddies" "how very cute" etc - I always told everyone it's a bad idea to keep such a different dogs in one household. Lots of work and prevention....Thank you everyone for posting. Sorry for everyone loss. You made my sadness somewhat if not lighter but more managable. This and keeping busy.

    I am so grateful I found this website and all this comments...
    Guilt, Guilt, Guilt..Every day since my Euro Great Dane gorgeous 160+ gladiator looking Diesel killed our chewawa mix. My son "does not want to talk about it". But my child is missing his tiny dog as he grew up with him. For 3 years I knew for sure any food dispute between our 2 dogs may end deadly for the small one. Fed them meat in a different rooms or was standing in between them. And missed the moment when chewawa was munching on a chicken wing and refused to give it up to a GD. 2-3 seconds of vicious growling and desperate cry of a small one...Trip to Vet ER at night with a small dog in agony - unable to stand or lay down or seat. Punctured wounds diameter of a pencil. ER XR showed multiple bones broken. Dislocated joints...There was not enough of pain meds to stop this torture. Putting down tiny animal as more pain meds would stop him from breathing. Vet trying to milk my account for every test and procedure in the book for everything what would not fix our Ratsy. Trying to squeeze an answer out of spastic throat of mine in the morning to my child's question "where is my little dog?"
    I should say to all questions and comments in the past 3 years "they are buddies" "how very cute" etc - I always told everyone it's a bad idea to keep such a different dogs in one household. Lots of work and prevention....Thank you everyone for posting. Sorry for everyone loss. You made my sadness somewhat if not lighter but more managable. This and keeping busy.

  • Crystal

    Crystal Aus

    My aussie bulldog and American bulldog had a fight ... lola is the oldest an the other is a 1 year old but bigger than lola ..lola was trying to be dominant show shes the boss of the yard as they met a few hours earlier an they clashed wouldnt let go was forced to intercept an drag them away before it got worse locked them both up for now scared to let them out near each other as they seem to want to go each other they were fine for hours together an then lost it both bitches an I know there fighting for top dog put the new one is quick to snap at lola an lola is trying to show the new one its her place I dont know what to do dont want them to kill eachother or hurt anyone else om

    My aussie bulldog and American bulldog had a fight ... lola is the oldest an the other is a 1 year old but bigger than lola ..lola was trying to be dominant show shes the boss of the yard as they met a few hours earlier an they clashed wouldnt let go was forced to intercept an drag them away before it got worse locked them both up for now scared to let them out near each other as they seem to want to go each other they were fine for hours together an then lost it both bitches an I know there fighting for top dog put the new one is quick to snap at lola an lola is trying to show the new one its her place I dont know what to do dont want them to kill eachother or hurt anyone else om

  • Pey

    Pey Iran

    My 3 y.o pitbull who is very kind to other dog kill my g.s 4 mounth. Realy sad. I have a great dane and pointer too. I never thinck that my pitbull do like this. He was kind and friend to all animal even cats. 😔

    My 3 y.o pitbull who is very kind to other dog kill my g.s 4 mounth. Realy sad. I have a great dane and pointer too.
    I never thinck that my pitbull do like this.
    He was kind and friend to all animal even cats. 😔

  • Shawn

    Shawn Texas

    We received a call from one of our kids that our 1 1/2 year old Rotts had killed our sons Chihuahua, Bella. He loved that dog with his whole heart. What do we do now? It was an accident that she got in the kennel with them and they just bit her up and bashed her poor head....I can’t even think if the words to say to our 16 year old son. Please advise on what to do next with our Rotts.

    We received a call from one of our kids that our 1 1/2 year old Rotts had killed our sons Chihuahua, Bella. He loved that dog with his whole heart. What do we do now? It was an accident that she got in the kennel with them and they just bit her up and bashed her poor head....I can’t even think if the words to say to our 16 year old son. Please advise on what to do next with our Rotts.

  • Evelyn

    Evelyn Duluth, GA

    We had 4 dogs and now we have 2, this is the second time this has happened and I can not tell which two it was that attacked the other 2 (2 different times under the course of 1 yr) but they are not bad dogs I don't know what to do. Advice please

    We had 4 dogs and now we have 2, this is the second time this has happened and I can not tell which two it was that attacked the other 2 (2 different times under the course of 1 yr) but they are not bad dogs I don't know what to do. Advice please

  • Beth

    Beth Virginia

    Continue.. two months ago. She almost killed him younger Pitt. With a broken heart, I had her put to rest. I am not and will never be the same. She was that one in a million dog. But the risk was too great and it wasn’t fair to subject my other dogs to her continued attackes. I made this decision because of the seriousness and frequency of the attacks and I felt I had given my all to find another way. I sure will miss my love

    Continue.. two months ago. She almost killed him younger Pitt. With a broken heart, I had her put to rest. I am not and will never be the same. She was that one in a million dog. But the risk was too great and it wasn’t fair to subject my other dogs to her continued attackes. I made this decision because of the seriousness and frequency of the attacks and I felt I had given my all to find another way. I sure will miss my love

  • Michelle

    Michelle San Diego

    We just lost our 7 year old male Chihuahua to a 10 year old female border collie mix. I'm speechless like the rest of you, left feeling guilty and miserable. I rescued him from the shelter to save him. We built them a dog run attached to the garage to protect them from the coyotes. We bought a new home so they would have a half acre to run and play. Now at the end of the day, we have to live with the fact that he was killed within our home by a family pet. I never could have imagined this pain. We let him down. Just had to vent. There is no answer for the why's and how comes. Sorry for anyone that has to experience such a heartwrenching loss.

    We just lost our 7 year old male Chihuahua to a 10 year old female border collie mix. I'm speechless like the rest of you, left feeling guilty and miserable. I rescued him from the shelter to save him. We built them a dog run attached to the garage to protect them from the coyotes. We bought a new home so they would have a half acre to run and play. Now at the end of the day, we have to live with the fact that he was killed within our home by a family pet. I never could have imagined this pain. We let him down. Just had to vent. There is no answer for the why's and how comes. Sorry for anyone that has to experience such a heartwrenching loss.

  • Anna

    Anna Knoxville

    We just recently got a yorkie that was 8 weeks old. We have. About, Pom, husky and the yorkie. Lucy our husky, is very gentle and loves people and is friendly with other dogs. She even would let Lela, the yorky sit on top of her when laying down. Lucy has show some food aggression , and mostly would bark or dart at the others but never hurt them. I got her spayed on Friday and brought her home and let the pug and Pom outside. Lucy was still loopy from her surgery and just very mellow. I put Lela down on the ground and decided I would try to give Lucy a treat since she had been gone all day at the vet. Well, normally she would gobble it up in one gulp. This time she held it in her mouth and dropped it on the floor. Little Lela the yorkie walked up to smell it and Lucy very quickly just wrapped her mouth around her neck. She did not shake her, there was no noise or growl. Lucy let go immediately when I said her name. She literally did it inches from me. I heard Lela yelp and thought maybe she was just scared. I picked her up and he wasn’t moving and I checked for bites and didn’t see anything. Well then she started seizing and having full body spasms, and her eyes weren’t even aware of me. She then started bleeding from her nose and mouth and choking. I jumped in the car and she still had a heart beat and was breathing but she just wasn’t there. I held her while her body wheezed and choked on her own blood. By the time I got to the vet she was gone. They tried every thing. I was in shock when it happened and didn’t know what to do. I feel terribly guilty for not holding her in my arms longer to see if Lucy would eat the treat. Now my baby is dead and it was gruesome and awful. The vet said her neck was broken at the base of her skull and would have lost conscious quickly. It was just terrible. I love my husky and I just don’t understand how this happened and how my partner wants to rehome her. I feel like we are punishing her and I am heart broken about little Lela. I feel like now I am going to lose Lucy by rehoming. I don’t know what to do or how to feel.

    We just recently got a yorkie that was 8 weeks old. We have. About, Pom, husky and the yorkie. Lucy our husky, is very gentle and loves people and is friendly with other dogs. She even would let Lela, the yorky sit on top of her when laying down. Lucy has show some food aggression , and mostly would bark or dart at the others but never hurt them. I got her spayed on Friday and brought her home and let the pug and Pom outside. Lucy was still loopy from her surgery and just very mellow. I put Lela down on the ground and decided I would try to give Lucy a treat since she had been gone all day at the vet. Well, normally she would gobble it up in one gulp. This time she held it in her mouth and dropped it on the floor. Little Lela the yorkie walked up to smell it and Lucy very quickly just wrapped her mouth around her neck. She did not shake her, there was no noise or growl. Lucy let go immediately when I said her name. She literally did it inches from me. I heard Lela yelp and thought maybe she was just scared. I picked her up and he wasn’t moving and I checked for bites and didn’t see anything. Well then she started seizing and having full body spasms, and her eyes weren’t even aware of me. She then started bleeding from her nose and mouth and choking. I jumped in the car and she still had a heart beat and was breathing but she just wasn’t there. I held her while her body wheezed and choked on her own blood. By the time I got to the vet she was gone. They tried every thing. I was in shock when it happened and didn’t know what to do. I feel terribly guilty for not holding her in my arms longer to see if Lucy would eat the treat. Now my baby is dead and it was gruesome and awful. The vet said her neck was broken at the base of her skull and would have lost conscious quickly. It was just terrible. I love my husky and I just don’t understand how this happened and how my partner wants to rehome her. I feel like we are punishing her and I am heart broken about little Lela. I feel like now I am going to lose Lucy by rehoming. I don’t know what to do or how to feel.

  • Megan

    Megan Mpumalanga

    Like all of you im crying wondering why why why!! Second puppy in 3 months time!!! We have a 3year old American Bully beautiful dog with the softest heart gentle giant but he is the course of the lost of 2 puppies. The first puppy we thought it could not be him it was an accident her tummy was cut open he licked her as if he was trying to save her the second puppy was definitely him our neighbours saw him with her in the corner no blood or open wounds just her lying under the tree. We have 2 male dogs one 4years old staffie cross jack russel and our American Bully 3years they cant go without one another and then a 3 year old female miniatures doberman pincher al 3 have an fantastic bond with one another but i cant help things are they next. Like the rest of you i am living the moments over and over in my head and looking for answers????

    Like all of you im crying wondering why why why!!
    Second puppy in 3 months time!!!
    We have a 3year old American Bully beautiful dog with the softest heart gentle giant but he is the course of the lost of 2 puppies. The first puppy we thought it could not be him it was an accident her tummy was cut open he licked her as if he was trying to save her the second puppy was definitely him our neighbours saw him with her in the corner no blood or open wounds just her lying under the tree. We have 2 male dogs one 4years old staffie cross jack russel and our American Bully 3years they cant go without one another and then a 3 year old female miniatures doberman pincher al 3 have an fantastic bond with one another but i cant help things are they next. Like the rest of you i am living the moments over and over in my head and looking for answers????

  • Eva Allen

    Eva Allen Tn

    I’m completely heartbroken! My husband’s 1 year old German Shepherd killed my 11 year old Pomerian we knew there where issues between the two and took measures to keep them apart. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts the GS got ahold of my Pom and I was there and couldn’t do anything to get the GS to let him go. I understand by the article it was the GS instinct to do this to my Pom and now I get stop replaying they event everytime I look at the GS and I don’t want to look at him, touch him or anything. I have a chokie and so I’m also affraid he might do it again she is 5 years old. And advise?

    I’m completely heartbroken! My husband’s 1 year old German Shepherd killed my 11 year old Pomerian we knew there where issues between the two and took measures to keep them apart. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts the GS got ahold of my Pom and I was there and couldn’t do anything to get the GS to let him go. I understand by the article it was the GS instinct to do this to my Pom and now I get stop replaying they event everytime I look at the GS and I don’t want to look at him, touch him or anything. I have a chokie and so I’m also affraid he might do it again she is 5 years old. And advise?

  • Lisa

    Lisa Colorado

    My Aussie just killed my Dashound. My dashie just turned 12. She was in great shape for her age. I don't know what to do with my aussie. I love her so much as with Dottie my dashie. Can I ever forgive my aussie?

    My Aussie just killed my Dashound. My dashie just turned 12. She was in great shape for her age. I don't know what to do with my aussie. I love her so much as with Dottie my dashie. Can I ever forgive my aussie?

  • Sarah

    Sarah Sydney

    This link and these comments have stopped me from losing the plot. I found this page last night while one of my 4 dogs was in intensive care due to a dog attack from one of my others. We have just returned from the vet after putting her to sleep as she couldn't survive the severe injuries.The pain myself and family are in is just inconceivable. I feel like I'm living in my worst nightmare. I'm so sick to my stomach. I want this hideous reality to vanish. My heart goes out to everyone who has gone through this traumatising event. I feel so ashamed. I have to surrender the dog who unleashed the attack. I'm so upset she has done this. She has to go... but how do I say goodbye to another dog? From 4 to 2 in less than 48 hours. It's a nightmare.

    This link and these comments have stopped me from losing the plot. I found this page last night while one of my 4 dogs was in intensive care due to a dog attack from one of my others. We have just returned from the vet after putting her to sleep as she couldn't survive the severe injuries.The pain myself and family are in is just inconceivable. I feel like I'm living in my worst nightmare. I'm so sick to my stomach. I want this hideous reality to vanish. My heart goes out to everyone who has gone through this traumatising event. I feel so ashamed. I have to surrender the dog who unleashed the attack. I'm so upset she has done this. She has to go... but how do I say goodbye to another dog? From 4 to 2 in less than 48 hours. It's a nightmare.

  • Sarah

    Sarah Utah

    I lost my dog seven and a half months ago to this, and the pain is still all too real. I adopted a pit bull/rat Terrier mix a little over a year ago, and this past January, decided she needed a friend to helo her with her anxieties. She chose a scruffy, awkward chihuahua mix. For tge next two months, they were the best of friends, inseparable, and never had a single argument. But then I was moving, both dogs, especially my chihuahua, were extremely stressed and as I was taking boxes into the new house, I left both dogs in the yard. I had no concerns about leaving them unattended because they got along so well. It was the first and last time I will ever leave my dogs unsupervised. My chihuahua attacked my pit and she grabbed him by the scruff and threw him back down. As soon as she saw me coming, she backed off, even ran to me as if to tell on him for being mean. He seemed inharmed, no blood. However, I later noticed swelling in his neck and took him to the vet where I found out he had a tear in his trachea. It ebded up being so severe hempassed away the next morning. Had he been a larger dog, he would have been fine. I never blamed my pit. I know she didn't mean to hurt him. In her grief, she attacked another dog, but we went to classes to help her through and she is doing much better, though is still sensitive and selective about the dogs she meets. That's okay. I will continue to fight for her. She became a different dog since losing her brother and I know sometimes it still hurts her as much as it hurts me.

    I lost my dog seven and a half months ago to this, and the pain is still all too real. I adopted a pit bull/rat Terrier mix a little over a year ago, and this past January, decided she needed a friend to helo her with her anxieties. She chose a scruffy, awkward chihuahua mix. For tge next two months, they were the best of friends, inseparable, and never had a single argument. But then I was moving, both dogs, especially my chihuahua, were extremely stressed and as I was taking boxes into the new house, I left both dogs in the yard. I had no concerns about leaving them unattended because they got along so well. It was the first and last time I will ever leave my dogs unsupervised. My chihuahua attacked my pit and she grabbed him by the scruff and threw him back down. As soon as she saw me coming, she backed off, even ran to me as if to tell on him for being mean. He seemed inharmed, no blood. However, I later noticed swelling in his neck and took him to the vet where I found out he had a tear in his trachea. It ebded up being so severe hempassed away the next morning. Had he been a larger dog, he would have been fine. I never blamed my pit. I know she didn't mean to hurt him. In her grief, she attacked another dog, but we went to classes to help her through and she is doing much better, though is still sensitive and selective about the dogs she meets. That's okay. I will continue to fight for her. She became a different dog since losing her brother and I know sometimes it still hurts her as much as it hurts me.

  • Chris Lord

    Chris Lord Wyoming

    Wife and I have 4 dogs. Cowboy male 12 year lab, Maya female 11 year lab, Candy female 8year dashound, and Molly female chihuahua 7 years. Recently my daughter moved back in with us bringing her pit bull puppy. From the onset no problems with the labs, the chihuahua owns her own space, if pit bugs her she will snarl and even nip sending pit away but the dashound is another story. Keep in mind most of the time they all co exist and we love them all. With the dashound the pit has attacked about 5 - 6 times in last few months. In all cases the dashound is somewhat cornered and usually my wife is very close. We don’t know if pit is sensing fear, or pain, jealousy, or what from the dashound. We have had to pry pit jaws apart couple time to 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 the dashound and in all cases once the pit is separated she gives a look of what did I do. Since this started pit has been spayed and it still goes on. We never leave the house without putting the pit in an indoor kennel and now we have her with a muzzle but are loose for a better one. Again we love all these dogs but don’t want to see any of them hurt or killed. Any advise or suggestions are welcome. I still think there is a sense of fear, and or pain.

    Wife and I have 4 dogs. Cowboy male 12 year lab, Maya female 11 year lab, Candy female 8year dashound, and Molly female chihuahua 7 years. Recently my daughter moved back in with us bringing her pit bull puppy. From the onset no problems with the labs, the chihuahua owns her own space, if pit bugs her she will snarl and even nip sending pit away but the dashound is another story. Keep in mind most of the time they all co exist and we love them all. With the dashound the pit has attacked about 5 - 6 times in last few months. In all cases the dashound is somewhat cornered and usually my wife is very close. We don’t know if pit is sensing fear, or pain, jealousy, or what from the dashound. We have had to pry pit jaws apart couple time to 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 the dashound and in all cases once the pit is separated she gives a look of what did I do. Since this started pit has been spayed and it still goes on. We never leave the house without putting the pit in an indoor kennel and now we have her with a muzzle but are loose for a better one. Again we love all these dogs but don’t want to see any of them hurt or killed. Any advise or suggestions are welcome. I still think there is a sense of fear, and or pain.

  • Veronica

    Veronica Montreal

    3 months ago i lost my dog.they were 3 dogs. 8 yr americsn bulldog lily90 lbs, 2,5 yr o candy 50 lbs: pit lab mix.tofee american bully 1 yr.50 lbs.Over a rope toy front of my eye fight broke out.lily jumped to candy throat.i fought for her life w a garden rake n metal patio chair.about 30 min fight. Candy suffered about 40 wounds .chest open tore 2".ears slit head bite blood sprayin.i lost a third of my finger and 4 bitemark to my knee and thigh.took candy to emergency first .then i went .dr said o could ve died if my bites were few inch higher. My finger meat was hanging got it disinfected n flipped back.no stitches was possible .two months healing .worst ever.candy healed up in 5 wks. Kept lily for two days in garage.then had to give her up.vet said no choice.i live in laurentians on big land fenced in yard.she tried to get out 2 month prior to attack.there was a woman and st bernard on land i yell at her to go away. Lily was a guard dog .love her n was hard to keep her safe all these 8 yrs .i wish i could keep her.i had other incidents w her yrs ago.difference was: i hit her nose n she let go .bit my hand thru but stop.it was 4 yrs ago.this time she went for killing candy n injure me bad n she didnt stop.before never an issue btwn her n candy .i slept w them in bed n eat together.had marrow bones never fought over it . I d recommend sylvia browne book: all pets go to heaven. I believe in spirit world i know this book help to ease the pain. My vet told me; u know it was question of time that sg like this happen .i d attach a pic of my dogs if i can?

    3 months ago i lost my dog.they were 3 dogs. 8 yr americsn bulldog lily90 lbs, 2,5 yr o candy 50 lbs: pit lab mix.tofee american bully 1 yr.50 lbs.Over a rope toy front of my eye fight broke out.lily jumped to candy throat.i fought for her life w a garden rake n metal patio chair.about 30 min fight. Candy suffered about 40 wounds .chest open tore 2".ears slit head bite blood sprayin.i lost a third of my finger and 4 bitemark to my knee and thigh.took candy to emergency first .then i went .dr said o could ve died if my bites were few inch higher. My finger meat was hanging got it disinfected n flipped back.no stitches was possible .two months healing .worst ever.candy healed up in 5 wks.
    Kept lily for two days in garage.then had to give her up.vet said no choice.i live in laurentians on big land fenced in yard.she tried to get out 2 month prior to attack.there was a woman and st bernard on land i yell at her to go away. Lily was a guard dog .love her n was hard to keep her safe all these 8 yrs .i wish i could keep her.i had other incidents w her yrs ago.difference was: i hit her nose n she let go .bit my hand thru but stop.it was 4 yrs ago.this time she went for killing candy n injure me bad n she didnt stop.before never an issue btwn her n candy .i slept w them in bed n eat together.had marrow bones never fought over it .
    I d recommend sylvia browne book: all pets go to heaven.
    I believe in spirit world i know this book help to ease the pain.
    My vet told me; u know it was question of time that sg like this happen .i d attach a pic of my dogs if i can?

  • Anna K. Lionetti-D'Antonio

    Anna K. Lionetti-D'Antonio Port St. Lucie, FL

    Good evening, Tonight was not a good night. My 6 yr old Pitt mix went after & but my Dixie-Yorkie mix, twice, after our neighbors stopped by. This is the 2nd time our Pitt mix bit our Dorkie. This time, was more aggressive than the last, which was provoked by a Doxie we were fostering. We’re devastated because the Dorkie was adopted 3x before she came to us about 4 years ago & is very nervous & anxious to begin with. We can’t touch her back, but tomorrow she will definitely be going to the vet for an evaluation. What do we do with the Pitt mix that attached her??? Many thanks! Anna

    Good evening,

    Tonight was not a good night. My 6 yr old Pitt mix went after & but my Dixie-Yorkie mix, twice, after our neighbors stopped by. This is the 2nd time our Pitt mix bit our Dorkie. This time, was more aggressive than the last, which was provoked by a Doxie we were fostering.

    We’re devastated because the Dorkie was adopted 3x before she came to us about 4 years ago & is very nervous & anxious to begin with. We can’t touch her back, but tomorrow she will definitely be going to the vet for an evaluation. What do we do with the Pitt mix that attached her???

    Many thanks!
    Anna

  • Tina

    Tina Ontario

    My little Ollie tragically died last night. He was a 12 year old minpin /pomchi cross. His killer...our 2 year old gsd cross. The writing was on the wall but we chose to make excuses because we somehow thought she would grow out of the behaviour as she was young. Our little Ollie had dominated her since she was a puppy so we mistakenly thought that she, the gsd was being trained to be submissive. She had sent him to the hospital twice before and he did heal from those injuries. What we found odd is that he was still trying to be the dominant dog. We were taking precaution with the two of them and thought the arrangement was working. I came home from work then let little Ollie and his mother out of their pens,..there is always a brewhaha of barking when I let him out by both the gsd and him barking. We never understood that...but any way after they came back in from going potty I left them all together as I usually do to feed the birds outside. I was only out for maybe 30 seconds and I heard these strange thumping sounds but no barking of any kind. I went back in to see what was going on and immediately saw that my gsd had Ollie s head in her mouth while swinging him around and bashing him on the furniture. I screamed and pounded on her back and head to let go but it seemed like forever until she finally did and his limp body fell to the floor. He stared bleeding profusely out of a big ghash in his neck. There was nothing I could do but watch the love of my life die before my eyes. It is tragic! I feel sick and heartbroken. Where do we go from here with the gsd? We have 4 cats and the minpin mother of Ollie who is 14.5. One of out cats a big orange male is dominant and has put her in her place before so she walks around him. The other animals don’t seem to want any confrontations. The gsd plays very well at the dog parks right from when she was a puppy and she loves people. I don’t know what to do.......

    My little Ollie tragically died last night. He was a 12 year old minpin /pomchi cross. His killer...our 2 year old gsd cross. The writing was on the wall but we chose to make excuses because we somehow thought she would grow out of the behaviour as she was young. Our little Ollie had dominated her since she was a puppy so we mistakenly thought that she, the gsd was being trained to be submissive. She had sent him to the hospital twice before and he did heal from those injuries. What we found odd is that he was still trying to be the dominant dog. We were taking precaution with the two of them and thought the arrangement was working. I came home from work then let little Ollie and his mother out of their pens,..there is always a brewhaha of barking when I let him out by both the gsd and him barking. We never understood that...but any way after they came back in from going potty I left them all together as I usually do to feed the birds outside. I was only out for maybe 30 seconds and I heard these strange thumping sounds but no barking of any kind. I went back in to see what was going on and immediately saw that my gsd had Ollie s head in her mouth while swinging him around and bashing him on the furniture. I screamed and pounded on her back and head to let go but it seemed like forever until she finally did and his limp body fell to the floor. He stared bleeding profusely out of a big ghash in his neck. There was nothing I could do but watch the love of my life die before my eyes. It is tragic! I feel sick and heartbroken. Where do we go from here with the gsd? We have 4 cats and the minpin mother of Ollie who is 14.5. One of out cats a big orange male is dominant and has put her in her place before so she walks around him. The other animals don’t seem to want any confrontations. The gsd plays very well at the dog parks right from when she was a puppy and she loves people. I don’t know what to do.......

  • April K

    April K Texas

    We have five dogs who have all gotten along great up til today our two year old pit bull husky mix and our rescued terrior had an issue today. The terrior was sitting on a chair next to my boyfriend's mom and the other dog Bucky was next to her as well all of a sudden in a matter of second Bucky had a hold of the terrior Toto and killed him instantly you could see where he had broke his neck. We still have 3 other dogs two of them being smaller. What do we do? We are so conflicted and are teriffied of it happening again. I have owned dogs all my life and I have never heard of this happening before.

    We have five dogs who have all gotten along great up til today our two year old pit bull husky mix and our rescued terrior had an issue today. The terrior was sitting on a chair next to my boyfriend's mom and the other dog Bucky was next to her as well all of a sudden in a matter of second Bucky had a hold of the terrior Toto and killed him instantly you could see where he had broke his neck. We still have 3 other dogs two of them being smaller. What do we do? We are so conflicted and are teriffied of it happening again. I have owned dogs all my life and I have never heard of this happening before.

  • Esmeralda

    Esmeralda Dundee Fl

    Hello, I have a pure German Shepherd, pure Doberman Pincher, and a chihuahua. My sister lives with me and she has a pure Doberman Pincher and a miniature pincher. My German Shepherd (MIA) is a loving kind dog never showed signs of aggression. She is actually very timid, when ever she comes to me or I call her she ducks her head like if I was to hit her or get mad at her. Never understood why she would do rhat. I had my chihuahua and I had left her out side one day with my two other dogs while I went to work. When I came back I found my chihuahua dead out side my house. Didn’t understand what had happened I couldn’t believe it was one of my dogs who killed her so I just barred her. Now just yesterday months after she had killed my chihuahua she killed my sisters miniature pincher. I don’t know what what to do everyone is telling me to give her up to another family who has the time and no kids or other pets. She is not a bad dog.

    Hello, I have a pure German Shepherd, pure Doberman Pincher, and a chihuahua. My sister lives with me and she has a pure Doberman Pincher and a miniature pincher. My German Shepherd (MIA) is a loving kind dog never showed signs of aggression. She is actually very timid, when ever she comes to me or I call her she ducks her head like if I was to hit her or get mad at her. Never understood why she would do rhat. I had my chihuahua and I had left her out side one day with my two other dogs while I went to work. When I came back I found my chihuahua dead out side my house. Didn’t understand what had happened I couldn’t believe it was one of my dogs who killed her so I just barred her. Now just yesterday months after she had killed my chihuahua she killed my sisters miniature pincher. I don’t know what what to do everyone is telling me to give her up to another family who has the time and no kids or other pets. She is not a bad dog.

  • Jess

    Jess Oklahoma

    I’m thankful to find this article as I’m dealing with my own terrible situation right now. We have (had) 4 dogs. 2 boxers, mom and daughter ages 6 and 4, and a chihuahua age 4. All “grew up together”. About two months ago we adopted a 1 year old male boxer. They all got along great and then two nights ago we went to look at Christmas lights with our daughters. All 4 went out to the backyard pen while we are gone. This has been our system for years and works well. We returned to find my new boxer boy dead. The oldest boxer in bad shape, and the daughter boxer a little roughed up but no seriousl damage. I am heartbroken over losing my baby. Worried about my oldest, and also devastatingly angry at the girls. I don’t know what to think of do. The chihuahua is untouched as he can slip in and out of the pen when he wants. I don’t even want to look at my females although I do love them nonetheless. This is awful. I hate that this has happened to so many others, but am glad to know I’m not alone.

    I’m thankful to find this article as I’m dealing with my own terrible situation right now. We have (had) 4 dogs. 2 boxers, mom and daughter ages 6 and 4, and a chihuahua age 4. All “grew up together”. About two months ago we adopted a 1 year old male boxer. They all got along great and then two nights ago we went to look at Christmas lights with our daughters. All 4 went out to the backyard pen while we are gone. This has been our system for years and works well. We returned to find my new boxer boy dead. The oldest boxer in bad shape, and the daughter boxer a little roughed up but no seriousl damage. I am heartbroken over losing my baby. Worried about my oldest, and also devastatingly angry at the girls. I don’t know what to think of do. The chihuahua is untouched as he can slip in and out of the pen when he wants. I don’t even want to look at my females although I do love them nonetheless. This is awful. I hate that this has happened to so many others, but am glad to know I’m not alone.

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