Dog Park Drama: What's the Safest Way to Break Up a Dog Fight

10/10/2011

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In an ideal world, the dog park is a place of joy and relaxation where people and pups come together for some healthy running and romping in the great outdoors. However, all is not always wine and roses at the dog park as not all dogs like eachother and get along. If you have ever witnessed a dog fight at the dog park, you understand how scary and dangerous they can be.

Breaking up a dog fight is serious business and it can go bad in a heart beat. It is important to know your limitations and don't get into the middle of something you can't physically deal with.

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How To Safely Break Up a Dog Fight 

 

According to expert dog trainers,it is important never step in the middle of two loving pets and try and grab them by the collar to stop a dog fight. If you try this, the chances of you being badly bitten are extremely high. Two animals in the middle of a fight are in survival mode and if they see you at all, they don't see you as their familiar loving owner. When you charge in and grab them they either react out of a fight reflex and bite, or they see you as another aggressor. When they are in fight or flight mode they will bite you.

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Breaking Up a Fight With Two 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. Here is the step by step process:

1) Circle behind one dog and grab his back feet or legs, and raise them into the air. Without the use of his legs, he won’t be able to continue fighting.

2) Pull the dogs apart and back slowly away, continuing to hold their legs. Move in a backward arc so that the dog can’t reach around to bite you. He’ll be walking on his front legs only, so he won’t be able to maneuver with much agility.

Dogfight 3) When you’ve reached a safe distance, perhaps 20 feet, hold the dog safely until he calms down, which is easiest if you turn him so he can no longer see his opponent.

Breaking Up a DOG Fight with One Person

It’s incredibly dangerous to try to pull two fighting dogs apart when you’re alone, but if the situation demands it, proceed carefully with the following plan.

1) If you don’t have a leash with you, go get one. The animals will continue to fight as you do this, but you need to take steps to ensure your personal safety.

2) Approach one of the dogs quietly. When you’re close enough, quickly loop the leash around the back end of the dog, slip the free end through the leash’s looped handle, and pull the leash taut. Back away, pulling the dog, until you reach something you can tie the dog to, such as a telephone pole or a fence post.

3) Approach the second dog from behind, grabbing him by the hind legs and pulling him away, using the same techniques you’d use if there were two people breaking up the fight. Drag the dog at least 20 feet away from the other one, and then tether or crate him.

Do you have other suggestions or tips on how to safely break up a dog fight? Share them in the comments below!

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