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    I have two male dogs a month apart in age. The eldest is one year and a half his an intact German shepherd. The youngest one is one year and five months his an intact kelpie.
    These two dogs have been living together for about 3 months. We got the German shepherd first about 7 months ago.
    We haven't really had an issue until recently. They have had 4 fights in the past week all while I am alone with them. They start really fast with no warning and have been getting worse, we have to intervene and they still don't calm down for ages. The last fight went for quite a while as they wouldn't stop and I was on my own when it first started. They are seriously injuring each other now and the kelpie is at the vet tonight getting stitches and desexed. It seems he starts the fights and the shepherd usually submits but he isn't anymore and neither will the kelpie.
    What can I do to bring them back to friends again. I cannot tell who is alpha between them as they both have very strong personalities and show signs of alpha in a different way.

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    Hi stepahniejoy! Welcome to the forum!

    It's always a stressful situation when canine roommates decide to settle disagreements with their teeth. Until you can figure out what the trigger is that leads to the fighting, you should either crate and rotate the dogs, or place the dogs in separate rooms. Either way, both dogs need to get equal family time. You can try to keep one of the dogs on leash and in your control then watch both for signs of mounting tension. Since you said that it's getting worse, it's seems to me that it's not going to resolve on it's own. You will need to intervene.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Crate and rotate. Do not leave the dogs un-supervised.
     

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