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Dec 21, 2010 6:40 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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This has been a very busy week for me, sorry about not responding sooner. I will need to think about it some.
One thing to keep in mind for future reference is that YOU are the boss, and you need to ensure you have the power to control the other dogs in all things, including limiting aggression. If any of my dogs start a disagreement, one sharp sound from me stops it dead. The 2 I have now are the same litter and have no real problems, but all dogs have occasional heated discussions. As the leader, your dogs must respect your authority to keep all of them in line, and not to fight amongst each other. This does take time and discipline, but is essential for larger groups.
As to what to do now, it will be a long and slow process, but eventually you should be able to show Katy that it is safe to go outside again, but you will have to prove it. Forcing her out will probably not work, so you may want to set up an inside spot for now for elimination. This is one instance when treats and feeding may provide the needed motivation to get her outside again. You cannot really punish her for urination at this point, as she may very well be performing submissive urination - urinating to prove she is the lesser. Punishing this will merely further confuse the issue.
I will try to encourage some others with more experience to provide some insight, as well. I hope you can work it out.
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