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STOP A DOG FIGHT WITHOUT GETTING BIT
This article's focuses on how to stop a dog fight without getting bit. If you are looking for information on how to train your dog not to fight, read this article: HOW TO STOP DOGS FROM FIGHTING The Video to the left illustrates just how difficult it can be to breakup a dog fight involving pitbulls. The dog fight occurred at an event that involved professional dog handlers, who are involved with training, SHELTERS AND RESCUES
The video was provide by Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training of Providence R.I. I like Jeff's methods of dog training. Jeff believes in a no nonsense approach to training and the importance of PACK STRUCTURE TRAINING
DOG AGGRESSION CAN BE FIXED
At an event where lots of dogs are, they would have done well to have a BREAK STICK handy. Even though four people are holding the dogs down, you can see that the dogs are still able to shake their heads and that damage although lessened, is still occurring. Of course hindsight is 20/20. In every dog fight I have broken up, I can think of what I may have done differently. As you read this article you will learn exactly how to break up a dog fight.
PREPARATION IS THE KEY TO STOPPING A DOG FIGHT
In researching for these articles, I noted all kinds of opinions on what to do, and not do, to stop a dog fight. I noted advice on how to break up a dog fight varied from one extreme to the other. Much of the advice given on how to stop a dog fight is downright dangerous, while still other advice was downright laughable. Stopping a dog fight is very dangerous. Some so called experts advise to stop a dog fight that you use your instincts. What a joke. The last thing you want to do when attempting to stop a dog fight is let your emotions take control!
BREAKING UP A DOG FIGHT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
Before reading further, understand that breaking up a dog fight is very dangerous. Even an expert, can find himself with a serious dog bite, if not careful. All of the techniques I relate, assume that you are physically up to the challenge. If you are by yourself, it is best to get help from others before even thinking about trying to stop a dog fight. Even if your beloved pet is being attacked, you stepping into the middle of a dog fight, is most likely going to result, in both you and your dog being injured.
DO NOT SCREAM AND HOLLER! Unless you are simply trying to get others to help you. Screaming and hollering will not stop a dog fight, it will only intensify the action.
DO NOT JUMP INTO THE MIDDLE OF A DOG FIGHT!
When a dog fight begins, the natural reaction is to jump in and separate the dogs. Do not jump in right away! If you try to stop a dog fight, just as it is beginning, chances are you will receive a serious dog bite. Take a few minutes to watch this clip of a dog fight with Cesar Millan and company. Normally, I enjoy the tips on dog training Cesar Millan provides. However in this clip, when two pitbulls begin to fight, panic seems to step in. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO STOP A DOG FIGHT - CLICK HERE!
THESE THINGS ALMOST NEVER STOP A DOG FIGHT
THROWNING WATER ON THEM! I don't know about other breeds, but throwing water on two pitbulls fighting has never worked for me. In fact one time Bra'tac (the dog pictured here) got into a fight with my most "dog aggressive" female pitbull (she started it too). He drug her into his kennel. At this point, she realized she was completely over-matched and was just wanting to get away. The two pitbulls were positioned in a way that I could not safely break up the dog fight. I took the high pressure hose (electric) and sprayed him right in the face. All he did is close his eyes and maintained his grip. I was blasting too. Finally, I had to grab the BREAK STICK and pry his mouth open. Water is not the answer.
Only use a stun gun to stop a dog fight if you don't mind receiving a dog bite. A friend of mine had his own female Pitbull start fighting thru the fence with another dog who was inside her kennel (you cannot believe the damage they can do when having a dog fight through a fence). He grabbed a HotShot cattle prod and poked the female pitbull outside in the hind quarters. She quickly whirled around and came after him. He said it took her, in the heat of the battle, about 5 seconds to realize it was her master, before she relented. I have heard many stories of folks who have received dog bites when trying to stop a dog fight with a cattle prod. Personally, I would not try to stop a dog fight that way.
HERE IS HOW TO BREAK UP A DOG FIGHT SAFELY
ALWAYS BE PREPARED! At home, in yard, house, and kennel, make sure you have the tools needed to break up a dog fight within reach. I keep extra dog leashes hanging where they can be easily retrieved. I also keep a break stick within easy reach. When a dog fight occurs, you don't want to be running around trying to find these tools. Breaking up a dog fight is very dangerous and should only be attempted by those who are qualified to break up a dog fight.
DO NOT BE TO QUICK TO JUMP IN AND TRY TO BREAK UP A DOG FIGHT
As difficult as it may be, control yourself, do not step in until they have a grip and you have determined who has the advantage. If you are by yourself, you will have to work methodically and pace yourself so as not to overreach your ability. Remember that most breeds of dogs will stop fighting on their own, so don't be quick to jump in and try to break up the dog fight. Again, breaking up a dog fight is very dangerous.
USE YOUR BRAIN! Physically, you may not be a match for two powerful dogs in a dog fight. Therefore don't rely simply on your physical strength to break up a dog fight. Use your thinking ability! Stand back and consider your options. If no help is available and you cannot match up to the power of two dogs fighting, you may just have to wait for them to tire.
Once they both get a grip, they are not able to breath well, and fatigue does set in rather quickly in most cases. You may have to wait before stepping in to break up a dog fight. If no help is coming and you believe you have the physical ability, here is what you need to do:
ONLY APPROACH THE DOGS ONCE THEY HAVE A GRIP TO BREAK UP A FIGHT
YOU MUST HAVE A LEASH! Walk and get at least one leash. Determine where you can tie the dog off to. Only approach when the dogs are engaged and have a grip. Stand back and determine which dog has the least favorable position. If you can get to the collar of that dog, slide the loop end under the collar and then run the clip end through the loop, so that it creates a slip or noose. If you can't get to the dog collar, put leash around the dog's midsection just forward the rear legs. Run the hook end through the loop to make a slip knot. Then secure that dog to something.
HERE IS HOW TO BREAK UP A DOG FIGHT WHEN ONE DOG WON'T LET GO
WHAT IF ONE DOG WON'T LET GO! Sometimes however the dog you have secured, will not let go after you have broke the grip of the dominant dog. If you selected the dog with the best position, once you break his hold, the other dog will often try to go for a better position. That is your clue to pull away, thus breaking up a dog fight.
On the next page learn how to break up a fight involving 3 dogs or more