MY TWO FEMALE PUGS FIGHT LIKE PIT BULLS WITH EACH OTHER.

I AM SO AFRAID MY FEMALE PUGS WILL REALLY HURT EACH OTHER, THEY ARE BOTH JEALIOUS OF EACH OTHER WHEN I AM GIVING ONE ATTENTION , THEY FIGHT OVER FOOD BOWLS TOO, THE YOUNGER ONE STARTS THE FIGHT. AND WHEN MY OLDEST PUG WAS ALIVE, IT WAS THE SAME PROBLEM,AND HER EAR WAS BITTEN , WHILE THEY GOT REAL AGRESSIVE. IT COST ME A $400.00 VET BILL, CAUSE THE EAR FLAP SEALED AND AIR WAS TRAPPED INSIDE. THE EAR HAD TO BE QUILTED DOWN ,SO IT WOULD NOT COME UNDONE AND HEAL. I HAD TO SEPERATE THEM. DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS PROBLEM WITH THERE PUGS FIGHTING ? I'VE GOT BITE TRYING TO BREAK THEM UP, WHICH IS VERY PAINFUL DUE TO THE STRONG JAWS AND THE SKIN GETS RIPPED NOT CUT. THE SMALL PUG GOES FOR THE EYE AREA AND EARS. WHAT CAN I DO, BESIDES GO CRAZY ? I LOVE THEM ALL THE SAME. PUG MOM NEEDS HELPFUL ADVISE !!! CINDY

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Comment by Karen Pug Mommy on August 8, 2011 at 6:29am

I had an issue with two of my pugs for quite a while but things have settled down.  I never left the two antagonists alone and when I was gone they would be in the cage.  I also noticed when Tia was ready to instigate a fight by a wild look that would cross her eye.  I started to correct those warning signs before the full fight began because by then they were out of control and that has helped alot.  When Tia was out of control I would lay her on her back and put my hand gently on her neck like a big dog grabbing her and she calmed down immediately. 

Comment by Ron Paar on August 7, 2011 at 4:25pm

We are experiencing this now with the pug sisters. They got into a fight today after being praised for their good  behavior. We have had Padrona since she was 6 weeks old, then rescued her sister, Pandora, last September. They are 2 now. They are usually play fighting, but, Pandora's ear was cut by Padrona this time. They have been separated while Pandora is treated.

 

Any advise would be helpful! We know it is a dominance thing, both being female, and Padrona thinking she is alpha pug. this was the first time for injury.

 

Concerned Ron & Raine

Comment by Karen Pug Mommy on October 22, 2010 at 11:20am
How are your pugs doing Cindy?
Comment by Helena Brown on October 17, 2010 at 5:03am
Sophie is right, dogs must never be allowed to run the household or you are in for a very difficult time. I had these battles for years and it has taken me a long time to find out how to not let them happen. I have a very dominant dog, he would take over the house if I was the kind to back down but HE knows where his boundary is and when he transgresses he feels the wrath of Mum. I would take ALL of what Sophie says and work it into a lifestyle change for you and your girls and you will all live a lot happier and that includes them.
Comment by Sophie on October 16, 2010 at 7:11am
I guess i might be lucky, but Milo and Peawee have eaten together ever since they were young. Of course i make them sit and wait for my OK to eat. They will chew on the same raw bones or the same treats. I can get my face right up into milos when he's eating a raw bone and he's fine. I might just be lucky, but nothing for them is free and it must be earned. It's very rare that Peawee may growl at Milo if Milo goes over to him when he has a raw bone. In which case i will take it away from Peawee immediately. (I know he wouldn't bite me, just looking me in the eye makes him uneasy sometimes..) If Peawee gets edgy and growly at Milo when he has a bone i will grab the bone from Peawee and Put Peawee onto his side. I will make him lie there until he is calm. I will slowly remove my hand from him and make him lie on his side calmly for a while until i say "OK, UP" and he will get up. He's been fine since doing it and doesn't react badly when Milo approaches him when he has a bone or chew. At meal times Peawee used to jump up on everybody. (Except for me) I used to get him and put him onto the floor. Make him lie down. (Sometimes he may be cheeky enough to test me. He will look at me, jump up and down or bark. I will stare him down and tell him to lie DOWN firmly and point at the ground. Then he does it. And stays there the whole of dinner time). I think i've been lucky with Milo.. He wouldn't jump up on anybody. I walk Milo and Peawee on my right side holding both leashes with my Right hand. They walk both beside me and sometimes Peawee will mouth at Milo during the walk in which case i would tug Peawees leash back towards me. He's stopped doing it now and leaves Poor Milo alone. *Of course, you never want to hit your dog or do anything to hurt them. Hitting can brake trust*

Your dog won't hate you for taking control.

It's probably a good idea to feed your Pugs seperately, maybe even in different rooms.

Read about NILIF. (Nothing in life is free) My guys must earn everything i give them. Walks only happen when they are calm and sit and wait patiently as i get ready and get their leads on and i walk through the door. Then i tell them to come follow. They must Sit and wait at meal times until i give them the OK to stand up and eat the meal put infront of them. Treats must be earned, such as raw bones and whatever. I may make them do a few tricks, or lie down and wait until i say OK.

Exactly what Brent said basically. You know, Pugs may be small and cute but that is NO reason to let them walk all over you. Treat them as you would a Pitbull or a larger dog such a a Great Dane. Mentally they are no different. They all think the same.
Comment by Karen Pug Mommy on October 16, 2010 at 5:26am
I feed mine separately and I never give them anything they might fight over like a rawhide bone. If I give them a bone to chew everyone is locked up separately. Disco gets a bit agressive with stuff like that and Tia will stand her ground. Tia sometimes pickes a fight with him when they both want to sit next to me. I can see it in their eye before the fight erupts and do a prevention. So Brent here is right on about putting in some safety nets.

Also I would pet them together at the same time so they learn you are in charge. Also do you walk them and train them together? I would do that so they know you are boss. Like work on sit and stay together and give a treat to both at the same time.
Comment by Pugman! on October 16, 2010 at 5:19am
You have had and are having a battle for Alpha Bitch. You have to take control and establish yourself as the Alpha. When you are giving attention to one and the other starts acting up. The one that is acting, take then and put them on their side and keep them in that position until they stop struggling, keep doing this until they get the idea. Eating...take charge again. If nothing else feed them seperately, take charge, you are Alpha, establish that.

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