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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-22-2012, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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The Best Ways to Break up a Dog Fight

I challenge anyone and everyone who actually goes outside with their dog to answer this important question. The requirements are simple - no lasting damage to either dog, and it has to be practical enough to implement at the dog park, or another public place, such as when you are on a walk.


So far, there have been very few answers. Here they are to sumarize.


Break stick- Would very likely get the job done but would be difficult to implement and possibly dangerous because you actually have to insert a short lever inbetween the dogs jaws.


Hose- Has potential, but not always avaliable, and you cant bring your own to the dog park.


Pepper Spray- Untested, mail carriers swear it will work. Has potential for real legal entanglements.


Club- Would only work if you wallop them hard enough to do permanant damage. So thats out, unless a person is being attacked.

Lets hear it folks. What would you do if your dog gets into a serious fight ? You will have two choices, do somthing or do nothing....
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Honestly I can't think of anything I always have a pocket knife on me at all times don't leave home without it, and if brik was attacked by another dog or animal I wouldn't hesitate to use it
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Honestly I can't think of anything I always have a pocket knife on me at all times don't leave home without it, and if brik was attacked by another dog or animal I wouldn't hesitate to use it

In principal I am with you. I will defend myself and my property with whatever level of force is required, but your solution really isnt any better than allowing them to fight it out.
Maybe in a day or so somone will post a genuinely good, effective idea that we can both use instead of skipping right to lethal force.
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My baby will do whatever it takes to protect me and ill do the same for her. Im not saying that the knife is the first thing im goin to do/use. My old male gsd was attacked by a stray pit in our yard one time I grabbed the pit by the collar and twisted the collar until it couldn't breath it let go pretty quick.
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I don't really care what happens to the other dog if its the one doing the attacking, and its not really the same as letting them fight it out because then your goin to have 2 injured or possibly dead dogs.
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I challenge anyone and everyone who actually goes outside with their dog to answer this important question. The requirements are simple - no lasting damage to either dog, and it has to be practical enough to implement at the dog park, or another public place, such as when you are on a walk.
No lasting damage? Prevention is the only sure fire way.

Best way to break up a dog fight without injury to people and further injury to the dogs? Grab them by the back legs and starting pulling them backwards in a circle motion and get a barrier between them ASAP.

If it's a true fight, there's going to be damage.

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I agree with Jamie's method. We call it the wheelbarrow. You grab your dog near the end of his rear legs and pick him up and walk him backwards. Someone else needs to do the same thing with the other dog at the same time.

Do NOT grab them by the collars to try and separate them. Every single time that I have had to go to the hospital to have something sewn up on me it is because I was stupid enough to try and grab a collar when breaking up a fight.

If I am home alone, I grab a wooden TV table and jam it down between the dogs.

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If I am home alone, I grab a wooden TV table and jam it down between the dogs.[/QUOTE]

Why do you have this problem, sounds like it happens alot
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There is not a doubt in my mind that pulling them apart by the back legs (wheelbarrel) is a very effective way to end a fight. Its only deficiency would be that it requires two people. You may or may not have another person avaliable. Apparently there are alot of owners that believe this could never happen to them, so i question there ability to take action should the need arise.
Im going to think about the tv tray as a division mechanism. This idea may have some merit. There is already a ladder and a floatation device avaliable for use at our local dog park, because there is a pond. They may have a board with some handles or somthing similar after I think this through.
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Its only deficiency would be that it requires two people. You may or may not have another person avaliable.
You don't NEED two people but it would work best with 1 person per dog. The wheel barrel helps keep the dog away from the other one because they'd have to run in circles to keep up with them. The barrier becomes important when you don't have two people so you can stop them from re-attacking. Also important, is to get the aggressor out first so the other dog backs down.

It's just me here and I have 4 dogs. The two youngest females (both fosters) are tough and instigate fights. They aren't allowed together and even though my two oldest dogs are very tolerant, the younger ones have pushed their luck a time or two. The dogs (and I) have made it out with only a scrape or two even when it's two on one. I'm super vigilant about monitoring play so it doesn't escalate.

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