You have four full-grown dogs running together like a pack. I do not have 10-11 full grown bitches running together like a pack. I might let two jaunt together for a little time. No free-for-alls here.
What you do for your work is not the same. These are dogs that are not at home, nor with their owners/packs. There is no resource-guarding/territorial aggression. Chances are they are spayed/neutered which takes out a lot of the hormonal stuff. These are dogs conditioned to being a part of a doggy daycare. It is like you afternoon jaunt with a friend's dogs. Not the same as being at home with the people one might want to resource guard, and the pack that one might want to change the order of.
A few times I have had a lapse in security and left a latch of a gate not completely latched. Or had a dog break out of a crate. Sometimes there is no issues, lots of sniffing and maybe running back and forth, etc, and I can call them and put them back where they belong. Other times, I have had a lot of noise but no teeth, and I was able to grab and shove them where they belong. And a very few times I have had fights. The fights are bad. It is extremely hard to separate two 65-75 pound bitches when they are intent on killing each other. The heart races and it is frankly very dangerous. Without my gates, I would be in trouble. Grabbing the collar is not the answer been-there-done-that-got-the-stitches.
No way would I be able to crate one of the bitches if they are fighting. The only way I can stop them is to grab a tail, pull and get a gate between them, and then use the gate and everything else in my power to stop the assault.
It is also my experience that if you have a group out, they do not just sit on the sidelines and watch. they jump right in. And yes, you can grab the ones on the fringes, and direct them into a crate before dealing with the deadly ones.
My question was not what you would do AFTER your dogs get into a major fight, but how would you stop it if you are home alone. My strategy is only one-two dogs out at the same time, and having gates that I can get between them with, and thus separate them. And it isn't easy, but I have managed so far. With two people, it is whole lot easier.
What would you have done if you were walking Indra, Nala, and Ma, alone, and Ma redirected aggression on the other two bitches? I walk one bitch at a time usually. Once I went to the vet with a pair of bitches, and walking out, one sort of huffed at the other, and I whipped two muzzles out of my pocket and zipped them on them in light speed. I had the girls at the vets both rolling in laughter and impressed that I was able to slap them on so fast. I just don't want to clean wounds and pay for stitches and drains. With one dog, that isn't an issue.
No, I am not the only person who can have multiple intact dogs. But most of the people I know who have multiple bitches kept as pets running together in the home, most of them have had serious bitch fights and have had to adjust everything in order to manage them.
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