Shih Tzu Dog Fight

Well, it’s a new year. 2017! We haven’t kept up with our blog, but we’re going to try again! This morn­ing wasn’t a great morn­ing for us. Candy was her typ­i­cal self. She turned up her nose at her food, but Nigel and Dot­tie gob­bled theirs down. We never know how Flower is going to react to her food, and this morn­ing, she sat and guarded it for quite a while. I hon­estly don’t know what hap­pened next. I thought Candy was still guard­ing her food in the din­ing room, but sud­denly, fur was fly­ing. The female shih tzus all seemed to be gath­ered around Flower’s half-eaten dog food. Candy and Dot­tie were clamped onto each other’s faces, and Flower barked, going back and forth between the two of them. I ran toward them, shout­ing to stop, but the harder I tried to pull them away from each other, the more they ter­ror­ized each other. I finally picked Candy up and dumped her a few feet away, but she was back in a flash, once again clamp­ing her teeth on Dottie’s face, while Dot­tie bit back, and Flower con­tin­ued her wild dance.

Candy after dog fight.

Candy after dog fight.

My biggest con­cern was that Dot­tie was just get­ting over an eye infec­tion, with her final vet appoint­ment com­ing up tomor­row, and that this would set her back. When I finally got Candy shut up in the bath­room, I checked Dottie’s face. I saw blood, but I couldn’t tell if it was her’s. As I dabbed around her eye, it didn’t seem like it was her blood, so I put her in a dog bed and went to get Candy. She, too, had blood on her face. A closer look revealed a not-so-pretty cut below her eye. I cleaned it with eye­wash sev­eral times and blot­ted the blood. Then, I went to look for Flower. She didn’t seem to have been harmed. Who knows where Nigel was dur­ing the melee!

It’s hours later, and every­thing is calm. I still don’t know what hap­pened. I do know that Candy seems to be a lit­tle aggres­sive lately, espe­cially when she is next to me on the couch and one of the other dogs approaches. I have a few ques­tions for any­way who has had this expe­ri­ence. How do you keep these dog fights from hap­pen­ing? Once they do, what’s the best way to sep­a­rate three female shih tzus that are eat­ing each other’s faces?

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