Are you kidding?
First, I guarantee that if I hit a dog with the stick I carry for that, he/she ain't getting up!
Then, when you grab a dog while they are in a fight, you stand almost a guarantee of getting bit yourself. Besides, which dog do you grab, yours or the stranger? Grab yours and distract him/her and tyhe other one gets great opportunity to really hurt your dog! At least you should grab (distract!) the other one, that way while you are getting yourself bit, at least your dog can get a good bite in on the other distracted dog!
And your dog will do a Down command while in a dog fight for it's life??
Got to be the most obedient dog in the world, and the stupidist!
Remember, however, I am talking about a strange dog attacking your dog in a serious fight! Not a minor squabble between two of your own dogs! Totally different, very obviously!
Like a disagreement between brothers and a street fight!
Hope you never see the latter!
First off, I said it was between my own two girls. Secondly, when bitches fight, its not just a minor squabble. Third, yes, she will go into a downstay once I broke her out of it. Doesn't mean she wouldn't go right back in if she had the chance.
At that point it is all about your own body language and posture.
That is the vital key in breaking up a fight. Frantic behavior, kicking throwing and screaming, yes that might get you bit but if you stay calm and cool and wait for that second, pulling the dog out and choking it off while propelling away there is not much of a chance to get bit.
Once that is done all I have to do is to give her one glance. That's it and she will automatically go into a down. At that point I cannot let my guard down because she would go right back in if I did.
But no, I am not kidding, she does go into a down once I broke her out of a fight, it is a conditioned down and basically muscle memory.
If she doesn't go into that down herself, I will put her into it myself and demand the obedience and for her to snap out of it. Of course she doesn't go into a down while in the middle of a fight, but once she is broken out of it, yes, she will.
Doesn't mean she snapped out of her grudge and Indra is one of those bitches that becomes extremely moody and holds onto a grudge forever and a day when she gets into heat, while in heat and getting out of it.