I got bit trying to stop a fight HELP!
I am in need for advice. I have 2 wonderful Dobermans and 2 great Yorkies. My husband was in a bad motorcycle accident 2 weeks ago. He is still in the hospital. I have been running around from home to hospital nonstop while still caring for the needs of our 4 dogs.
The dogs are obviously feeling the stress of my husband being away. Our first Doberman is Jax, almost 2 years old. We've had Jax since he was a puppy. We decided to get a friend for him. We got Teddy about 4-5 months ago. Teddy is about 1 1/2 years old. They get along GREAT. They play and are always cuddling with one another. The only aggression I've ever since with them is when they play tug of war and that's it.
So last Thursday they were all outside and all of a sudden they start fighting. I run over screaming telling them to "STOP IT STOP IT". They stop. Fast forward to Thursday evening. Teddy is following Jax with a determined look in his eyes. Teddy's focus is on Jax and nothing else. I keep calling Teddy's name to break the focus. Next thing you know, they start fighting again. I start screaming again and at this point I can tell things are not good. I have NO CLUE how to stop this fight. These are basically my children and I know I have to do everything in my power to get one in the kennel. I know it was stupid but I keep sticking my hand in there to seperate them. Next thing you know Teddy bites down HARD on my left fore arm. After Teddy finally releases, Jax goes crazy on him.
Long story short, I had to call the paramedics and go to the ER and get stitches. I feel that Teddy was trying to establish dominance and be the alpha male because my husband is not home. My husband is a fantastic discplinarian. Me, not so much. This would have never happened if my husband was home. Theres no way I want to get rid of Teddy. I've been keeping them seperated for now because Teddy has numerous gashes and boo-boo's and I don't want Jax to start licking them. If anyone has any advice on what to do moving forward it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. Unfortunately my husband won't be coming home for a while so it's basically all on me right now as far as what to do with the babies.
I'd like to add that they are being seperated either by gates and seperate bedrooms or one is in a huge kennel in the living room. They haven't shown any aggression after the incident either.