How To Help Two Young Dogs Get Along

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: May 31, 2018

In this Omaha dog training session we worked with Dash, a one-year-old Labrador mix, and Simon a one-year-old Labrador mix, who were having issues getting along with each other and needed more leadership and structure in the home.

After I arrived I sat down to chat with Dash and Simon’s guardian about her main dog behavior concerns. I learned that the dogs sometimes didn’t get along with each other but it seemed somewhat unpredictable. In these types of situations I think that the dogs sometimes do not know who the leader in the house is and are trying to figure it out for themselves. There are some easy ways to do this such as adding rules and structure into the home like having the dogs sit before going outside and using our Petting with a Purpose technique. I also showed the guardian our Leadership Exercise, which you can watch below.

As you can see in the video above Dash caught on very quickly to the exercise. This method of using the Escalating Consequences to establish an invisible boundary in the home can be used elsewhere too; such as around the dining room table or by the front door for when guests arrive.

By the end of the session the dogs were looking to their guardian for leadership and direction. They were both getting along very well and responding to commands much more quickly. We wrapped up this session with Dash and Simon’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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