We just got a new addition to our family a 3.5 y/o male intact Toller. He is a great dog, loves everyone, tries to stay out of Tuckers way (he knows that Tuck does not like him). This weekend I was playing with Tucker and Flame (toller). If Tucker has something in his mouth when I am throwing the ball for Flame he seems to be ok. Just stands in the middle of the yard and mungs whatever he has for a toy and will occasionally chase Flame when the ball is being tossed for him. I am not really sure what happened at the time but I was throwing the ball for Flame and Tucker went chasing after him, I think he nipped at his tail a few times and then the fight was on. By the time I got over to them (we have a biiiig yard) Flame had Tucker pinned, but Tuck was not going to let up on the fight. I grabbed both of their collars and yarded them off of one another. I looked down and Tucker was covered in blood!! I ran him inside, called the vet and started searching for wounds. Most of the wounds are around his muzzle, Flame could have done a lot worse damage but I think he just wants to make it known that he doesn't want to take any crap from Tucker. He has a few bite marks by his eyes and on his muzzle. Not enough to take him to the vet but enough to cause a lot of blood and lots of tears from me!
I washed him up in the bathtub and re-inspected his wounds. I think its more of his pride that took the beating. I just really want them to get along. Winter is coming and Flame needs to be an inside dog with the other two when we go to work. If I have to I guess I can crate Flame up all day but I don't really want to. Any suggestions on why this is happening and what I can do??
Right now Flame is in a big dog run outside every day and every time we leave the house. The B's get the run of the porch and the yard with the doggy door.
I was trying to get them to play together, but think that it may be a good idea to separate Tucker and Flame when I an throwing the ball. Flame also needs to be neutered but Tucker is going to be left intact because I will be using him for breeding. We have had Flame now for about 6 weeks and there have been a few scraps but nothing like this. Flame was on top of him starting to do the head shake!
I am scared…I don't want the dogs to fight and get hurt and I don't want to have to give Flame back.
What can I do??