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Vent about fighting....

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It's been a while...after the holidays I started a new job so getting online hasn't been common! But I had to pop on tonight...last night Abby and Brady started fighting. They only ever fight over a new toy and rawhides. The only time it has been for another reason is when they had some jealousy issues after we returned from a week long vacation.  
Now, last night, a new toy was involved, but I monitored them and as soon as I saw some possessiveness, I put the toy away. Despite that, they started to fight. I separated them and after a few minutes of cooling off, I carefully re-introduced them. They went at it again. This has NEVER happened...they typically are all lovey with each other immediately. So I separated them again, took each outside individually, gave them some time. Then, they went at it AGAIN! So I kept them separate till my husband got home from a dinner meeting and we worked together to re-introduce them. THey were cuddled up with each other within 15 minutes.

Tonight, Abby seemed a bit possessive of an old ball, so I took it away. She saw where I put it in the other room and went looking for it...she returned and attacked Brady! WHAT THE **** is going on?!??!?!  (of course, although it is the last thing you are supposed to do, I always push them away from each other and pick Abby right up so they can't reach each other...tonight, I stuck my hand right in her mouth...ouch!!!!) I felt awful for Brady...he was so nerved up, he woke up at 4 a.m. puking.

Anyways, not sure what to think right now.  Moments before tonight's event, they were playing. She's 18 months she in a new development stage? The only thing that has changed, and maybe they are feeling my new job. I am working longer hours, so my husband comes home a bit earlier (the time I used to) to take are of them. Their hours are technically the's just my husband getting home to them first, instead of me.

I don't get it. Brade is curled up in my lap right now, poor boy.

Sorry for the long vent, but if anyone has any thoughts, suggestions, etc., let me know.

(I should note, Abby clearly knows she is in trouble...once she calms she just looks at us  like "uh oh." We give her a time out and make her sit/stay...she would stay in that precise position hunched over for an hour if we didn't let her get up...she knows she's in the wrong.)
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I may be wrong in my initial impression but I would also take a close look at how you treat the two of them...obviously being new here I have no idea of your experiences so far (both you and the dogs) though I am trying to read through more posts and to get a better understanding of all these great dogs.  

Dogs are pack animals and one willl assume a dominnate position over the others...the people should always, always, always be dominant over the dogs, however they need their own pecking order to be comfortable with their place in their "pack".  

I do not agree with lettting dogs fight, but a I've discovered people have a tendency to stop those fights favoring one dog over the other.  Usually out of a feeling that they need to protect the less aggressive or smaller one...which leads to more fights because the 'protected" dog feels more powerful and keep challenging the actually dominant dog.

not saying this is the situation, it actually sounds like you're handling it very fairly and overall treating both dogs equally...just wanted to point out the possibility that it's a battle for dominance.
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