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HOW TO USE A BREAK STICK
As you are waiting for help to arrive, retrieve your BREAK STICK and leashes. Use the time you wait to formulate a plan. If there are multiple dogs fighting, determine which dogs will be the easiest to extricate from the dog fight, and start with them first, when help arrives. Explain to your helper what the plan of action is and how you will employ the break stick. The few seconds spent doing this will enable your helper to calm down and lessen the chance they will receive a dog bite.
THIS IS HOW TO BREAK UP A DOG FIGHT WHEN YOU HAVE HELP
Go to the dog that is the most aggressive (or the one with the best position) of the two you are trying to break apart. Approach from the rear or side, grab the top of the collar with your left hand (if you are right handed) and straddle the dog. Lock your legs firmly behind the rib cage and just afore the back legs. Make sure you have a firm hold. Then instruct your partner to do the same on the other dog. Watch your partner carefully, giving them whatever instruction and encouragement needed in a calm manner.
Once you have the easiest two dogs separated and put away, then move to the next two dogs. The confidence you gained and anything you learned will be helpful when trying to separate more powerful dogs.
USE CAUTION USING THIS TECHNIQUE
If you do not have a break stick, another way to break up dogs fighting is to choke them out. When dogs are fighting, they are gasping for air. If dogs can't breathe they can't fight. You can try twisting their collar by hand. It is better though if you have something like a hammer handle, that you can slip under the dog's collar and give it a twist like a tourniquet. Use caution however, you don't want to kill the dog, and you don't want to use so much force that the collar gives way either. From my experience, it does not take long with ample force is applied for them to run out of air, and let go. Much caution is needed. But without a break stick, this may be your only option.
If you are taking your dog for a walk, I hope you are prepared for such an emergency. You do well to carry with you a can of HALT! DOG PEPPER SPAY This is the same dog pepper spray used by the US Postal Service since 1966. It will stop many dogs from attacking. I am not completely confident that it would stop a Pitbull, but I believe it would stop most dogs. It would certainly stop a dog that was simply running over to your dog to sniff. Stopping that dog before he reaches your dog, would certainly stop your dog, if a Pit, from attacking the approaching dog.
PEPPER SPRAY IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO A DOG
I will mention this about Halt! Pepper Spray for dogs; it is not a very powerful formula. Dogs do not have the same kind of tear ducts that humans have, and are not as capable to wash away pepper. Regular pepper spray can result in permanent damage to dog's eyes. We might first say, "who cares, better him then me". With a charging Bear, this is true. Especially since if you spray a Bear, you are not likely to get sued. Spray someone's Beagle that is simply running over to check your dog out, and you are very likely to end up with a lawsuit.
Some People will carry a large umbrella. They use it like a walking stick and when approached by a stray dog, open the umbrella suddenly. They say that doing so can startle an approaching dog and act as a deterrent.
YOU CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT A GOOD LEASH
You may pay a little more for this Brown 6 Way European Multi-functional Leather Dog Leash, Adjustable Schutzhund Lead 49"-94" Long, 3/4" Wide but it is worth every penny and then some. This is Police dog handlers leash. It gives you a lot of adjust-ability and has several clips on it which makes it perfect for fastening a dog several different ways and at the same time can be secured to a fence or a tree to tie the dog off. If you ever have to break up a dog fight by yourself, you will be very happy you have this leash.
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