Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
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.