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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.


BREAK STICKS ARE NOT FOR USE WITH MOST BREEDS

A break stick should only be employed to break up a fight involving a pitbull. A break stick is generally in-effective with non-pitbull breeds as they do not tend to "lock on". Trying to break up a fight with a break stick when dogs to not have a firm hold, will likely result in a dog bite to yourself.



SOLVE DOG AGGRESSION ISSUES

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.


IMPORTANT: STAY CALM - DON'T HURRY

Once they are positioned, take the BREAK STICK with your right hand and insert the flattened end into the mouth of the pit you have a hold of. Insert it close to the jaw hinge. Once inserted twist the Break Stick like you would a motorcycle throttle. The leverage of the Break Stick will cause the dogs mouth to open, thus allowing you to pull your dog away. Having a second Break Stick may come in handy if the other dog does not let go. You may have to use the Break Sticks in unison. In many cases, if you use the Break Stick on the dog with the best position, the other dog will want to change his position to get a better position, and you will be able to pull them apart.

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.


THE PACK LEADER

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.


MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED TO STOP A DOG FIGHT

It is a beautiful day, as you and your dog are enjoying a little exercise and time together during a walk. All of the sudden out of nowhere a loose dog charges your dog. What should you do?

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.


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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.


WHAT IF A DOG ATTACKS MY DOG WHILE ON A WALK?

Some have told me that they have had good success scaring away an approaching dog with an LOUD AIR HORN powered by a can of compressed gas. If you have ever heard one, especially one pointed at you from about 10 feet away, they are extremely loud and would startle anything. Would it be enough to stop a charging Pitbull? I don' t know. If you have had an experience of such, I would like to hear it.

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.


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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.


WORD IN CLOSING

Breaking up a dog fight is a very dangerous activity. The damage a dog can do to human flesh in just an instant, could cause life-long injury. Most people should never attempt to break up a dog fight. In most cases it is best to stand back and wait until the fight is over. If however you feel you must get involved; it is best to be well prepared. In this case; Knowledge really is power.


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