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SOLVE DOG AGGRESSION ISSUES

HERE IS HOW TO BREAK UP A DOG FIGHT INVOLVING MULTIPLE DOGS

This article focuses on how to stop a dog fight without getting bit. The information below will help you determine how to break up a dog fight involving more than two dogs. The information on breaking up a dog fight on this page is only relevant when used in conjunction with the information on the preceding page: BREAKING UP A DOG FIGHT Remember, breaking up a dog fight is very dangerous. Serious injury can occur in a split second. Do not attempt to stop a dog fight or try any suggestion given here, if not up to the challenge.


DIVIDE AND CONQUER TO STOP A DOGFIGHT

I let my dogs out of their kennels in groups that vary in number. Most of the time when I have a lot of dogs out, I am right there to interact with them. If a fight breaks out between two of the dogs, you have to in this case be quick to gather up any dog that has not yet gotten involved in the dog fight. Your natural reaction is to run to the two dogs fighting to break them up. This is a mistake. Instead, focus your attention on separating from the group any dog not involved. You have to move quickly, as all the dogs will start fighting in a matter of seconds.



EDITORS NOTE:

PACK STRUCTURE TRAINING is the key to stopping dogs from fighting. Make sure you read my article on pack training. This article is essential for anyone owning any breed of dog.


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CAREFUL OBSERVATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HURRYING

Once you have put up any dog not fighting, determine which dogs to tie off. If three or four dogs or more are in one fight (sometimes they pair off and fight), just stand back and watch for an opportunity where one dog becomes disengaged from the fight. This happens all the time as the dogs that rush into a fight already started, really do not have a clear objective as to why they are even fighting. So they might bite on one dog for a few seconds and suddenly switch their focus to another dog. When that happens, you have to be ready to drag that dog away.


YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TIE OFF EACH DOG

If three, four, five or more dogs is in one fight, when you separate one dog and start to drag it away, oftentimes another dog will latch on to the dog you are removing, making it impossible to drag away. That is why you want to tie off any dog you can, so they cannot pursue the dog you have removed from the fight. If you don't tie some off, you will never be able to break up a dog fight involving multiple dogs as it becomes a vicious circle.


THE PACK LEADER

WHAT IF I CAN'T BREAK UP THE DOG FIGHT?

If there are two or more reasonably fit people, using the techniques described, you should be able to break up any dog fight. That is as long as you pace yourself, do not hurry, keep your senses, and do not panic.

But if you are by yourself, inexperienced, and out of shape, your best bet is to stay out of the dog fight and wait until you have gotten help. Every fiber of your being will be telling you to hurry, jump in, and do something to break up the dog fight; this is a mistake. You will simply end up accomplishing nothing and in all likelihood get hurt while trying to break up the dog fight.


SEVERE INJURY CAN OCCURE TO YOU IN AN INSTANT

I've heard people say that in order to stop their beloved dog or dogs from fighting that they where willing to take a dog bite if need be to stop the dog fight. They obviously have no clue as to the damage that can be done in just a split second. Spend some time looking at the injuries suffered in the pictures on this page: CLICK HERE TO SEE SERIOUS INJURIES SUSTAINED WHILE ATTEMPTING TO BREAK UP A DOG FIGHT
There are two pages, full of experiences and pictures of those who were bitten while trying to break up a dog fight in the above link. Take the time to read the experiences of those who tried to break up a dog fight and got bitten, as this will help you to learn what to do and not to do when attempting to break up a dog fight.


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 Pit Bull. A break stick is generally in-effective with non-Pit Bull 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 Pit Bull, 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 Pit Bull? 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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