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post #23991 of 24316 (permalink) Old 01-02-2017, 06:51 PM
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Lapse in attention last night, led to a narrowly avoided disaster involving the dogs. Our two oldest girls (both are German Shepherds, which is a breed notorious for same-sex aggression) are kept permanently separated, as there have been fights in the past and we can't afford to let it get to the point where they are actively trying to kill each other. Basically we crate and rotate, which as anyone who has done this knows, is a hassle.

Last night, I wasn't thinking and I let our younger girl out into the backyard, completely forgetting that our other girl was out there. I turn the light on, and the two of them are standing nose to nose about a metre or so away from the back door. Once before, the presence of a person made our youngest lash out, so I'm standing there calling her name, trying to make it sound like nothing is wrong. Luckily, I think they were both so startled that the younger girl came back inside and a potential crisis was averted.

I'm just kicking myself that I made a mistake like that. Especially as I'm so OCD about checking the crate doors are secure because a couple years ago, I left one unlatched and there was a fight. I don't think I could do crate-and-rotate again. It's just too much extra stress. You're forever checking and double-checking whether doors, crates, and baby gates are shut properly, and it is easy to make a mistake when you are tired or not thinking.


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post #23992 of 24316 (permalink) Old 01-02-2017, 07:02 PM
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That really sucks that they fight, I'm sure you've tried everything you can in your power to make the situation better! I can't really give any advice since I've never experienced something like that....I hope all goes well for you and the dogs! And don't beat yourself up to much about their last fight, you were tired, and besides you'll never make that kind of mistake again, right? lol I don't sound very assuring but oh well lol
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Unfortunately, same-sex aggression is a problem for a number of breeds (I believe Dobermans and Boxers are similar in this regard). Our two girls got along great until the youngest was about 18-24 months, which with this breed, seems to be about the age they can start to become less tolerant of other dogs. Basically it just becomes about management, and we try and ensure everyone has equal time with us during the day and at night.

It's certainly not a mistake I will be making again any time soon!


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2. I really do love my parents and my family very much, we have strong bonds and we comminicate, and I know they love me to, but my parents want another baby...but I really don't want another sibling...I don't know how to explain but there are soooo many reasons I really don't want another sibling. I would literally hate that child. I sound so mean, so rude but the thought just sparks something that makes me very mad, I don't know why. I really truly don't...


I wasn't given the chance to react before my mom was pregnant with my third sibling when I was 10, but when she told me, my reaction was along the lines of "WHY???" As in, why now? Why when (I apologize since I understand this will be offensive) my mom is 36 and we are crammed in a 3 room town home with my grandparents and my other sister?? How can we fit???

Now, 15 years later, I jokingly tell my mom she should've just gotten a cat instead of getting pregnant lol!! My youngest sister is in her teenager-phase which means a lot of dramatic interpretations of certain situations and attitude sometimes towards my parents and me.

I'm not aware of your full story, but even though you may frown upon your parents decision to have another child, I think you'll have SOME affection for your new sibling.
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@Hyunjicho please tell your pediatrician about your breathing problems and pain. I have scoliosis too- can't turn my head very far and ache a whole hot. You are young and growing so please get some help while there's a chance you can change things. I went to a chiropractor (no idea why my parents didn't get me to an orthopedic dr)who only wanted to crack my back and it did nothing. I don't think it's normal how much I weigh the risk of pain.




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Unfortunately, same-sex aggression is a problem for a number of breeds (I believe Dobermans and Boxers are similar in this regard). Our two girls got along great until the youngest was about 18-24 months, which with this breed, seems to be about the age they can start to become less tolerant of other dogs. Basically it just becomes about management, and we try and ensure everyone has equal time with us during the day and at night.

It's certainly not a mistake I will be making again any time soon!
Add German Shorthaired Pointers to the list. Mostly they're okay but when they decide to hate there's no going back. I had a female Shorthair who tolerated all breeds except Goldens and Border Collies. Guess which breed was usually in front or behind us in judging order? You're right...Goldens.

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We never knew about same-sex aggression until our girls had their first spat. Did some Googling, and surprise, surprise. It's only once I knew it was a 'thing' that I really saw how common it is in the breed. We're just fortunate our girls don't hate each other to the extent that we would have to be forced to re-home one.

Our older girl dislikes any breed that stares, so breeds like Border collies, Kelpies, and other German Shepherds. Only she is allowed to stare at other dogs (obviously this is not a behaviour she is allowed to indulge in on walks or at home).

It can be hard trying to explain to people why our three girls simply cannot run together. We had a visitor over who kept asking why we keep them separate and we had to explain that they fight. So many people think you can just let them 'fight it out' and then everything will be fine.


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My old Eheim Jager heater was wonderful. It functioned perfectly and the temperature was always exactly what I set it to be. With a larger tank came the need to buy a larger heater, and this one is absolutely awful. This Eheim Jager heater can't maintain temperature worth anything and it's nearly 10 degrees off. I've tried recalibrating it many a time to no avail. Normally this isn't a problem because can get it where I need it anyway, but my new purple harlequin rasboras have either little spots of fungus or ich (the dang things won't stop swimming around long enough for me to see anything besides vague white spots on two of them), so I'm trying to raise the temp to 86 and see what happens. This stupid heater is making that extremely difficult. I have it turned up as far as it will go and that's probably still not going to get me there. I'll have to put in a variety of smaller heaters and hope that their combined power can get me to 86.

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My old Eheim Jager heater was wonderful. It functioned perfectly and the temperature was always exactly what I set it to be. With a larger tank came the need to buy a larger heater, and this one is absolutely awful. This Eheim Jager heater can't maintain temperature worth anything and it's nearly 10 degrees off. I've tried recalibrating it many a time to no avail. Normally this isn't a problem because can get it where I need it anyway, but my new purple harlequin rasboras have either little spots of fungus or ich (the dang things won't stop swimming around long enough for me to see anything besides vague white spots on two of them), so I'm trying to raise the temp to 86 and see what happens. This stupid heater is making that extremely difficult. I have it turned up as far as it will go and that's probably still not going to get me there. I'll have to put in a variety of smaller heaters and hope that their combined power can get me to 86.
I have the opposite problem. I have a 25w Hydor Theo in my 5g shrimp tank that always heated to the temp. on the dial for over a year. Now, even though I have it set at 67F, it will heat up to 85F, and can drop down to 78F. I don't know if I should buy a new heater from a different brand or what, because it seems all brands can have this problem.

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