What To Do About Dog Fights
No matter how much we try to protect our dogs, there is always the possibility that a situation will arise that ends with a dog fight. It is important to remember that dog fights can be very dangerous for humans as well. Each fight is different and it is never advisable to put yourself between any animals that are fighting. If you find yourself in the awful position of having to deal with a dog fight, assess the situation carefully before taking any action. If you do have to act in one of these situations, there are a few things to always keep in mind.
Never Get Between Fighting Dogs
Never get between two dogs who are fighting. It is very easy for one of them to accidentally bite a person trying to intervene. Even if you and other bystanders manage to separate any dogs who are fighting, it is quite common for a dog to become frustrated when they can’t reach the object of their aggression and redirect it to anything or anyone nearby. If you happen to be holding them back or standing closest, it makes you the easiest target.
Try to remain as calm as possible. A lot of yelling and unnecessary activity can often only add to the stimulation and cause a dog to fight harder. Don’t forget that dogs can be very sensitive to the body language of their people and your anxiety or agitation can increase theirs.
Be Careful Pulling the Leash
If your dog is on a leash be aware that tugging on it or constant pulling can create an opposition reflex that may cause your dog to increase its forward aggression, rather than yielding to the pressure of the leash and turning around to leave the fight.
Be Aware of Other Dogs
Be aware of other dogs in your immediate area. It is often the case that when two dogs start fighting others will join in. If you see other dogs trying to join the fray, try to have their owners keep them away.
If a fight occurs, and is broken up, take the time to check your dog carefully for any visible wounds. Dog fights can frequently produce puncture wounds, lacerations, broken bones, and damage to eyes and ears. If you notice any such injuries, you should take your dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible where they can perform an exam and ascertain the extent of the damage.
Many dog fights can be avoided simply by paying close attention to your dog and those around you. If you pay attention to the warning signals that indicate your dog is becoming agitated or nervous about another dog, you may be able to avert a potentially dangerous situation and continue to enjoy whatever activity you are happily engaged in.