How to break up a dog fight
(19 Nov 2013)

 Fighting

What is the safest way to break up a dog fight?

The safest way to break up a dogfight requires 2 people. Each person grabs the back feet of one of the dogs. The dog back feet are then picked up like a wheelbarrow. With the legs up, both dogs are then pulled apart. Once the dog fight is broken up and the dogs pulled apart it is critical that the people do not release the dogs or the dog fight will begin again. The two people need to start turning in a circle, or slowly swinging the dogs in a circle while they back away from the other dog. This stops the dog from curling and coming back and biting the person holding their legs By circling the dog has to sidestep with its front feet or it will fall on its chin. As long as you slowly continue to back and circle, the dog cannot do any damage to you.

 

How do you ensure they don't just start fighting again?

To insure that the fight will not begin all over again when you release the dogs, one of the dogs needs to be dragged into an enclosure (i.e. a kennel, the garage, another room) before the dog is released. If you do not do this, the dogs will often charge back and start fighting again or if you release the dog to quickly the dog will turn and attack the person who had his feet.

 

What happens if you are on your own?

If you are alone when a serious fight breaks out. There are a couple things that you must keep in mind:

·       Keep your cool you have a job to do.

·       Do not waste time screaming at the dogs. It hardly ever works.

·       Go get a leash (allow the fight to continue while you do this).

·       Dogs are almost always locked onto one another. Walk up and loop the leash around the back loin of the dog by either threading the leash through the handle or use the clip. I prefer the thread method.

·       Now slowly back away and drag the dog to a fence or to an object that you can tie the leash to. By doing this, you effectively create an anchor for one of the dogs.

·       Then walk around and grab the back legs of the second dog and drag it away from the dog that is tied up. Remember to turn and circle as they release.

·       Drag the dog into a dog pen or another room before you release the back legs.

·       Go back and take the dog off the fence and put him or

·       her into a dog kennel.

Avoiding a dog fight is by far the best option. If you see two dogs out there squaring off through body posturing - do not run out there screaming "NO NO NO!!!!" Most of the time this is going to trigger the fight. A lot of times dogs will posture and one will give in and back away. They settle their dominance issue without a battle


What are the main things people need to remember before trying to stop a fight?

 

When one of the dogs even acts like it is going to challenge the other dog you need to INSTANTLY get after that dog. You are the pack leader and pack leaders are the ones who determine when to fight or be aggressive.

Remember that females usually fight with females and males usually fight with males. It's seldom that a male and female will fight. When a male fights with a female it usually a very dominant male who is displaying his dominance over the female and she wants nothing to do with it. This usually is going to happen with a dominant male who is very self confident, and thinks that he is the pack leader.

The bottom line on dog fights is that unless you are trained it is best to never step into the middle of them. In the worst case, let them fight. It may result in death or severe injury to one of the dogs, but it's not worth the damage it could cause to you if you make a mistake trying to end the fight


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