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Desperate for help: 2 basset hounds fighting
Hi, guys. I'm at a total loss of what to do.
My family has a male basset that is 5 and a female basset that is 7. We have had the male for 2 yrs and we just adopted the female one this past November. So far, our experience has been awful. The female probably was abused in the past and she growls at anyone who pets her especially on the couch. Sometimes if you show her your hand, she will snarl and try to bite it. She has gotten better in the past month and has become more trusting but it still remains to be a huge issue. Not only that but both of my dogs seemed to be okay with one another initially but now they start getting into fights. It's not often fortunately but it's still a huge problem. The male always initiates the fight and the weirdest things seem to set him off. Last Friday, he attacked her after she did the trick "roll over" for me. It was really scary and I had no idea how to separate them. Luckily, both of them only had a couple of cuts and scratches but he looked like he was ready to kill her.
I'm honestly at my wits end. The male has never be aggressive before and was supposedly good with other dogs. I have no idea why he attacks her. Granted it does not happen often but I don't know if I can ever trust them alone....
Any help would be appreciated.