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Old 09-02-2006, 04:29 PM
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Ok I missed the post saying he was... when was he fixed.. how old was he?
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Old 09-02-2006, 04:31 PM
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Sorry..I must have misread your post. Well, you do have a problem on your hands. I'm really sorry.
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Old 09-02-2006, 04:32 PM
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What do you mean "work" with Shadow?

I'm not sure who is the alpha between the two. I think that might be the problem all this time. Neither one wants to back down. Shadow is more aggressive but Diver is stronger.

Diver fights with me no matter what. Not literally fights but as far as walks and staying he is just bullheaded. Likes to pull, likes to sneak as close as possible when it comes to human food. He certainly tries your patience and stamina. I would say Diver is wired all the time and Shadow is calm and layed back.
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Old 09-02-2006, 04:33 PM
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I think he must have beeeeeeen... about 1.. or 1 1/2 when he was fixed. I tried to let his aggression subside. Maybe let the two figure out who was higher in the pecking order, but it was just becoming too scary.
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Old 09-02-2006, 04:53 PM
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Byt the sound of it, you need to step in... if you see that Shadow is a bit stronger in a way of fighting for it, but the there IS higer.. they you have to make sure Shadow understand it.
Take Shadow on the walk last, seperate them, start over with basic training... you need to get in control over Shadow, and without Diver in the picture.

Work, I mean as a sibirian is end of the day a working dog.. have you thought about starting sleed with him.. (you dont need snow for this lol.).
Get a carrige and a harnes and strap him up.. make him "get useful".
Without Diver... let diver have his time with you, and also later on time together.

If I were you, I would start the basics command.. sitt, lay, heal and all that, from start with shadow.
and also walk them seperate, shadow last.
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:08 PM
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I do walk Shadow and Diver seperately. I did want to get some kind of harness sled thing for him a long time ago but didn't have any luck finding anything like that. Hmmm. What about that thing like on The Dog Whisperer where they have a backpack on the dog?
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:14 PM
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Yes I mean you can try anything, if you like I will have a search, you are in the USA, but I am sure if you go into Sibirian sites, they would know more hon.
You just need to "help" them in who is the boss over them two.
And again, just because he is fixed, it does not mean for 100% sure that he will not have the urge to be "man"... it can take a long time for them to actually calm down if at all .
I hope it works out hon, and start from scratch with his training... make him think of something else.. Does he have something that he loves.. a ball?
If he do, as soon as you see they starting.. grab is attantion on to something else.
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:17 PM
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Nah, he doesn't love anything that much. Where as Diver does anything for food. Thanks for you help. I've got a lot of options to explore!
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:21 PM
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I think what you're thinking of is just a simple doggie backpack, you can find them at Petsmart or related stores.

I think OC will have the most advice in relation to Shadow; she is around Sibes all the time.
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Wow sounds like you do have quite the ordeal on your hands. I''m curious, how is Shadow with other dogs besides Diver? It sounds to me like he had a very traumatic experience at the kennel with Diver and the other dogs present. Did you ask the staff at all about it? Were th two kenneled together? Perhaps they got in a fight and when staff attempted to seperate them something happened to cause mass chaos. Perhaps other dogs escaped and joined the fight?

Lack of socialization is deffinately also going to play a role in this. Where did you get Shadow from? Was it a reputable breeder? Sibes by nature should NOT be dog or people aggressive! Therefore for one to be such would either require bad breeding or bad experiences.

Have either dogs actually drawn blood from the other or is it just a lot of noise and fur flying? If no blood has been drawn then the fight really isn''t that bad. It might look terrible and ferocious but it''s mostly just a lot of intimidation. Of course it''ll frighten you, it;s intent after all is to frighten the other dog.

Unfortunately being that I am unable to witness the dogs'' body language before encounters, during encounters, and after encounters I am unable to offer much in the way of advice to get these two to coexist in peace.

There are many mushers located within the Ohio area who I''m quite sure would be more than willing to help you out both in working with Shadow''s aggression problems and helping get you started with sledding.

Actually finding a job could help a lot with his aggression problems. Sometimes dog turn to aggression when they have excessive amounts of energy pent up which can result in Sibes when they are only walked a little bit or only go for short walks (less than 1/2hr and/or slow) even if they are frequent. These are dogs of endurance, they need something long and at a quick pace to meet their excercise needs. Since you say you avoid walking Shadow due to his aggressiveness then perhaps he does have a lot of pent up energy.
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