Getting a second dog to keep the other one company simply isn't the path to take if you are already experiencing behavior problems with one. The little brother / big brother scenario will begin to take shape as one dog starts to become empowered from the other. Of course you will have one of the dogs which is a lesser problem. Both will stick together however like glue as one is becomes empowered and the other becomes the follower. The end result is that you are on the outside looking in when it comes to both. The first order of business is to begin to take away their power sources while you are becoming the relational pivoting point within the relationship. Getting separate kennels for both is highly recommended as the focus is on severing this unhealthy connection while you are gaining momentum. Treating them as individuals is key. I tell owners not to feel badly as this is merely temporarily until both are brought into follower roles and right relationship with the owner. They come back together again however the core of the relationship will have changed. Dog fights will be a thing of the past as their time interacting will actually be at a level of balance and harmony.
Dale McCluskey is a published author with 20 years experience in the dog training field including numerous awards, distinctions and achievements. Dale uses a one of a kind relational approach which offers hope for all dogs and owners.