We have three dogs—one male and two females—who are two years of age. The two females keep fighting with each other. What is the reason and how do we solve it? Please help.

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The relationship can change, or changes within the home can create anxiety between two dogs that may result in aggression even in dogs who are raised together. You must distinguish playful aggressive behaviours from more serious types of aggression, such as possessive aggression, conflict/dominance-related aggression, protective aggression, and predatory behaviour. You must recognise that social hierarchies help decrease the conflict associated with allocation of critical resources (food, shelter, mates, territory, etc).

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