Training Tips to Get Two Dogs to Get Along

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: June 2, 2018

In this Omaha dog training session we worked with Ace a one year old Labrador and Sota a one-year-old Australian Shepherd who needed help getting along so they would stop fighting and stop resource guarding.

After I arrived I sat down with the dogs’ guardian to talk to her about her main dog behavior concerns and she was worried about the two dogs getting along when food was involved. A lot of dogs can get into disagreements when food is present. First I wanted to show her our structured feeding exercise to help the dogs eat together over time:

After we worked on the structured feeding exercise I wanted to encourage the dogs to eat next to each other comfortably. So we put them both on leashes to keep them safe and away from each other and worked on a method called counterconditioning, which you can see below.

By the end of the session both dogs were learning how to get along with each other when food was out. Sota made leaps and bounds forward with the counterconditioning exercise. To keep up with this good behavior the guardians will want to be patient with the dogs and consistent with these training exercises. We wrapped up with dog behavior session with Sota and Ace’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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