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Hello all This is my first post and I need some suggestions. My loving wife has 6 beagles yes 6 of the little boogers . Mom ,Dad and four litter mates.They are 5 months old and fighting so bad we have to separate two of them ( girls ).Dad does not like any of them we want them all to get along because my wife is so in love with them she cannot and will not get rid of any of them.Any suggestions?
 

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First, welcome to the BW pack!

Next, pack/litter mates will get into fights. There can be many reasons.

One is, they are trying to set their pecking order (Hiarchy in the pack). Its all about dominance. (most likely)

The other is food aggression, that needs training and a watchful eye.

All I can suggest is training and consulting your vet for more help.

Hopefully others here have more suggestions.
 

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welcome, and are the dogs fixed? unspayed females are actually the pair of dogs that get along the least. I would fix all the goobers if their not already. I'd also keep an eye on the dominance, let them know that first and formost YOU are at the top and if you have to split them up or seperate them or put them in puppy time out then be sure to do it, NOTHING bothers a puppy more then being ignored. keep that in mind. Lots of toys and maybe seperate feedings might help the situation.
 

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NO the sisters are not fixed. The vet said 6 months,the problem is when they fight its like they want to kill each other. It is not over food or attention we love them all the same.We have talked to the vet and are at wits end . We don't want anyone hurt. The other sister does'nt have a problem with either one. Thanks
 

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Welcome! You've beat me by one beagle. I'm not a good loser either. LOL!

My advice is to alter them ALL. You'll be amazed at the behavioural changes that will occur, to the positive side, when the equipment is removed and the inherent urge to breed is quelled. If you need help with low cost spay/neuter programs, let me know. Altering six animals at one time is costly, I can appreciate that. Some vets will do paediatric spays/neuters, i.e. under 6 months old.

You also need a plan. That's alot of dogs to deal with in one shot. Consistency, consistency, consistency, that's the key. You and your wife run the show, the dogs don't. You are the leader of the pack. They follow you, not the other way around. Six dogs is alot but it is manageable if they are all under your control. So decide how you want to work it and don't deviate from that plan. Puppy classes are fine but if you can afford it, a behaviourist to come into the home, analyze the situation and give you pointers as to how to deal with your pack would be better. You would probably pay just as much for a behaviourist as for puppy classes for four little ones.

The little ones also need proper exercise to tire them out. I have been fortunate enough to train mine to all go off-leash, it's a blessing. Easy on me and wonderful for them.

Stick around, ask questions, hang out, learn to love these precious little lives. I promise you, you will end up being as attached to them as your wife is. You're in the right place. Again, welcome!
 
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