I could do with a little advice.
My Chesapeake deer dog Sika turned 2 in Feb, since around then they've been having an increasing number of fights with my Fiancée Helen's German Shepherd/Long dog cross Jasper who is about 8 or so.
The first fight was at feeding time when I stupidly decided to feed them both in Sika's kennel. Over a period of several weeks we gradually got them both happy eating next to each other again, just not in the kennel.
Lately all the fights seem to be around Helen, we think that they're competing for her attention. This afternoon they kicked off while we were gardening and the three of them got wedged in between a wheelbarrow and the patio furniture. Helen was busy and wasn't paying any attention to either of them, so its pretty unpredictable.
Unfortunately they seem to be getting better at scrapping with practise and today Sika has come within a whisker of loosing an eye. They're both getting quite a collection of battle scars.
They're also getting a lot harder to separate, I used to be able to grab a scruff and pull but its really viscous now. I'm afraid to go away for the night and leave them to Helen because if they kick off I doubt she could handle it without getting hurt.
There is no clear dominance between the two, neither will take food or bones from the other. Jasper has spent a lot of time licking around Sika's face since the first fight which I thought was submissiveness at first.
I'd appreciate any suggestions as otherwise my last resort they'll both be getting the snip and I'd rather avoid that if at all possible.