My new female cardigan, 2.5 year old; and my Pyrenees, 5, got into an all-out fight two nights ago, perhaps over a dental chew they weren't supposed to have access to. I haven't found injuries on either one of them, a miracle. The cardigan was spayed a month ago. She has a very strong personality and is determined to be the alpha dog. My Pyrenees is very sweet and somewhat timid. She alternates between putting up with it, and standing over the corgi and or a gentle, low growl when she's had enough. I hope it works out, but may have to rehome this corgi. The size difference is helping out for what it is worth. I'll be getting the male neutered soon as he is barely housebroke and marks when inside. He is a doll and loves my Pyrenees. I'm encouraging my Pyrenees to be the alpha, and correcting the corgi, letting her know I'm the decider, not her.

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While you do have to be the alpha of the pack, you should not be trying to mess with the natural pack order. You may start causing more confusion and fights if you are encouraging the more naturally submissive dog to be alpha and trying to make the alpha dog more submissive. If her nature is to be the alpha dog you should respect the pack order (as long as you are on top). When you don't allow the alpha dog to be alpha he/she will just try all the more to be alpha and it may turn into acts of aggression and fighting with no real triggers. Work with the more alpha dog on obedience and manners and enforcing your spot as leader of the pack and allow the rest of the dogs figure out their positions. I hope things work out.

Yes, I agree with that completely. That is also what my vet said too. I wasn't sure if I was writing well last night. My Pyrenees isn't consistent with what she will allow/not allow, but she knows she's been here the longest and is the biggest. She gets along with other dogs so well that this is new territory for her. The female corgi is a neat, way smart dog. I'm guiding the dogs, but not forcing the pecking order.

I used to take my Lilly out to visit her family.  The people I got her from have the parents and a brother and sister.  Well, Lilly has always been alpha at home, and she was fine at the other house.  One day I guess she had enough, and she has gotten into about 4 or five fights with her sister and mom.  The females seem to be more aggressive when it comes to pecking order.  My moms dogs can visit and she is fine, as long as there is nothing to fight over.  I do have to agree with Melissa, you need to let them establish their pecking order, and you need to make sure they all see you as pack leader.  No eating going out, nothing done without permission. 

I had a similar situation with my female  corgi, Annie.  She was always the aggresive alpha dog throughout her life.( We lost her in July due to cancer)  She was sweet with people and children but extemely dog aggresive.   We had taken in a female heeler as a temporary rescue and that turned out to be a disaster.  We had gotten a male corgi  that we thought would be a better choice and she was still really aggresive and start horrible fights with him.  She did mellow out her last year of life.

We still have Jake and rescued a new male corgi, Gryffin and they get along wonderfully.


I wish you the best of luck, I really know what you are going through!

Hi, my husband is looking at stuff to build our dog door and came across some thing a guy made that the dogs wore around there necks when they got with in a certain distance of each other they got zapped just thought to mention it I hate dog fights:((( Goodluck

I agree with Melissa that you shouldn't try to force a pecking order amongst the dogs. If the corgi is the alpha and the pyr is submissive to her, I'd just let it be. I'd also implement NILF if you haven't as well.

Yes, NILF. They don't always listen, but they are all learning. I got the female spayed within a week of getting her given the male isn't neutered. She was going to go into heat within the next 4 weeks and I didn't want to take any chances. I should have waited one more week to allow more time to get settled in. It was rather crazy with the cone on the female and a new home, etc. They used to say make the dogs do "push ups", especially if they are excitable. Cogi's are so low to the ground that it would be more like child's pose/yoga;) Pyrenees don't obedience train well, but she's good at sitting on command and that's about it.


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