When you see two dogs fighting, it can be very scary and frightening for not only the owners but for any onlookers as well. We need to keep in mind though that there are some things that you really shouldn’t do. Firstly you shouldn’t interfere with the fight by screaming at both dogs to try and get them to stop fighting.
They won’t listen to you because they are more interested and focused on the fight rather than what is going on around them. Never get in the middle of the two dogs and certainly don’t put a hand in between the dogs. Both dogs have fiercely looking a something to bite and if you’re in a way then that is just what might happen to you. Is not that the dog is aggressive towards you, it is just that his aim is to bite and bite hard. Another thing you should never do this to spray water over them or to cover them in blankets.
The last thing you want to do is be mean to these dogs, and wetting them and also covering them with anything can be quite dangerous form. Also don’t use any weapons like stun guns or pepper spray as this will only add to the problem and chaos of the fight. Don’t try and grab one of the dogs by their collar in a means to pull them apart, because as we stated earlier the last thing you want to do is to put your hand we’ll harm in harm’s way. The best way to separate your dogs is by standing behind one of the dogs.
Your aim here is to grab your dog by the back of his feet and raise him so that he needs to balance only on his front feet. You should only do this when there is some one else that is going to do the same thing with the other dog. Once you’ve caught unaided to do this at the same time, each of you should begin to walk backwards separating each dog while still holding your dog’s feet in your hands. Keep walking backwards until you’re at least five or 6 feet away from the other dog. While you’re doing this, there is a good chance your dog will not be too pleased with you holding his legs and may try to turn and snap at you.
If this occurs just keep walking backwards in wide circles. The aim of this is to get your dog’s mind off the fight and for him to focus on balancing on his front feet rather than attacking all being aggressive. Like we mentioned earlier, this can be quite scary situation. Only try this technique if you’re completely confident with handling your dog, and that the other person is equally competent. But when you do this to do it quickly, and immediately try and separate each dog by as much distance as possible. If you have the opportunity to separate by using a fence, a crate, or any other means, then do so as quickly as possible.
Remember, keep your hands and arms out of the way.
What To Do If You See A Dog Fight
There is quite an interesting phenomenon in that dogs of the same-sex are more inclined to fight rather than dogs of opposite sex. When dogs of opposite sex fight it is usually due to issues of territoriality or dominance.
To understand why dogs fight we really need to understand how a dog sees his or her world. Dogs think in terms of packs and especially the hierarchy within a dog pack. Those dogs higher up in the hierarchy are the ones who can eat first have the right to mate and are able to have the best position in which to sleep. So in our domestic world, we often see dogs fight usually over food, the right to mate, the right for attention of his or her owner, or even to defend its territory or home.
There are other factors which can lead to some dogs having a higher inclination to fight rather than other dogs. One of the main reasons some dogs fight more than others is due to the breed and their breeding. Some breeds by virtue of their nature, their instincts and their previous breeding tend to be more aggressive and more prone to fighting. Unfortunately, some dog owners take advantage of these natural instincts of the breed, and train them to become even more aggressive and more willing to fight.
Another reason why some dogs tend to fight is due to their lack of socialization and training. A dog that has not been adequately socialized or trained is more likely to become fearful when in the presence of other dogs later in life. A dog’s natural response to fear is to show aggression and hence potentially fight. This is why it is essential to extensively socialize your dog particularly within the first 16 weeks of their life. The idea is to socialize your dog with as many other dogs and other people as you can.
Also you will need to socialize your dog with as many environments as you possibly can so that your dog will become familiar and more comfortable with his changing surroundings. Of course it is also essential to ensure your dog is properly obedience trained. This is to ensure you will have complete control over your dog in any situation.