My six German Shepherds do not get along. I have the parents and three of their offspring; one female and two males. The mother goes after her daughter, and the father and one son go after the other son. They are ok together in the house, but I can’t put them all outside together. Can this be fixed?

Answer

It is hard to tell what the dynamics are in that group without seeing them, but it sounds like the pups are becoming adults and challenging the more submissive animals in their group.

What kind of training have you done? Are you in charge? You need to spend some time in the backyard with them when you let them out. Let out the female adult (mother) and the young female. When she goes after her daughter, call her over to you, down her, and make her stay when the pup runs around. You may have to do this over and over for several days before the message sinks in. (These are intelligent dogs, so you may just need to do it a few times. The main point is that you need to stick with it.)

Repeat this with the adult male and the submissive male pup. When you are confident the adult is not jumping the young dog, let the other male join them. Do not be surprised if the adult male stops behaving. Just start over.

When all the dogs are accepting your commands, let them all out, but only if you are with them. As soon as something happens, you need to respond immediately. Not ten minutes later, not five minutes later, IMMEDIATELY.

Again, I cannot tell you how long this is going to take. If you have not already trained your dogs to sit/down/stay, that is the first step you need to take.

Updated on June 7, 2018

Original Article:

7 Easy Ways to Train a Dog to Get Along With Other Dogs
By Dr Mark
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