I am thinking about getting married but I have a small problem. My boyfriend's dog, Sammie, and my dog, Sklar, do not get along. My fear is living with these two dogs in a fight zone. This may seem like a petty concern, but I don't want to give up Sklar. Do you have any advice?
Your problem is not out of the ordinary. The fact that your problem is holding up a marriage is a little unusual, but not two male dogs fighting. The first thing to do is to take the two dogs to neutral territory so neither dog feels threatened in terms of his own turf.
Now you need to find out which dog is dominant and which one is submissive. The dominant dog will always need attention first. If you do it the other way around, submissive first, the dominant dog will become aggressive and you will probably have a fight.
You should not feed the dogs together or give them toys together. You do not want to do anything that will provoke a fight. If you try all these things and it still isn't working out, you might have to keep the dogs in separate parts of the house. You're smart to have thought about this situation before the marriage. Good luck!
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