I hate seeing videos like this because not only do I feel bad for the dog being attacked in the video but I also feel bad for the humans that do not know how to stop it from happening and they’re sitting there watching their beloved pet being injured by another dog in these videos you will often see the humans trying very similar techniques without success.
The procedure of breaking up a dog fight is quite simple, but in the midst of all that energy and aggression, it can be tough to do, and for many, it can be not very comforting.
If you’re the one who needs to interfere, here’s how you should go about it.
Use the wheelbarrow method.
The “wheelbarrow method” is one of the most effective ways to break up warring dogs. First, people grasp the rear legs of dogs and move them away from each other so they can’t fight anymore. Then, in a circle, each person continues to back away from the other dog while turning around. As a result, the two dogs are kept apart, and they are prevented from returning to the fray and biting the person holding their legs.
Try the following measures if you don’t have a friend to assist you in breaking up a fight.
The Situation/Aggressor must be assessed.
It’s possible to break up a dog fight when you’re alone and confronted with two dogs who are fighting by recognising which animal is attacking the other. Usually, one dog is more intense than the others. This dog must be identified and removed from the battle. As a result, the two dogs will usually cease fighting.
Do not let go of your Collar!
While pulling backwards, the dog will release its grasp, and you will remove it from the position. Remember not to pull up to prevent misleading signals that you’re about to engage in the battle. Always remember to “stay cool and aggressive,” as Cesar Milan would say! I think this is one of those moments. As you pull, use a strong authoritative voice to signal that you are a human buddy.
The Dogs Must Be Removed From This Area
To prevent the problem from recurring, it’s vital to keep the dogs far apart. Keeping them leashed after the battle is a good idea since dogs can cover a lot of ground in a concise amount of time.
After a fight, what to do if you can’t break it up
When you meet a dogfight, you may not have the ability to break it up. You should not intervene in a dog fight if the dogs are extremely violent and breaking up the fight puts you at danger for serious damage. When dogs inadvertently attack people, they can cause severe lacerations, broken bones, and even death. Make the decision that you believe is the safest for both of you.
Sadly, some people have lost their pets in violent dog fights, but most of the time, a dog fight is finished within a few seconds.
Be aware of your limits.
Everything depends on what seems safest for both you and the pets. Know your body’s limits, and avoid doing anything that might put your life at risk.
Why and How Dog Fights Occur
Keeping dogs from fighting is another crucial factor to bear in mind. In order to prevent a dogfight from starting in the first place, it’s preferable to avoid it altogether.
Do Not Take Your Dog Out If It Is Aggressive
Let’s start with the obvious. Keep your dog at home if it is hostile. Even if you have to walk them with a muzzle on, don’t put them in a dog park with other dogs if you know they’re likely to fight.
Observe body language
The body language of a dog isn’t as easy to interpret as many believe. A panting dog may appear to be happy, but it may actually be frightened and on edge, ready to snap if it senses any danger.
Look out for:
Turning your back
Uneven ear surfaces
There was a lot of tail-tucking, standing straight out, and flickering going on in this video.
Head turned, but with an eye remaining on the imagined threat
Stiffened hair down the spine, sometimes called Pilo Erection.
You should remove the dog as soon as possible if you see any of these indications in order to avert a potential confrontation.
After a Dog Fight, What to Do?
As soon as the battle is finished, it’s vital to know what to do with your dog (or another dog). Remember to:
Remove the Dog from the Situation
After the fight has been broken up, the first step is to keep the dogs as far apart as possible. Keep them tied or leashed and allow them plenty of time to calm down as you walk away from them (considering one or both are not badly injured).
Calm their fears
Provide them with a lot of reassurance of consoling words, as well as pets, as soon as possible after the terrible event has passed. After a little battle, the majority of dogs will recover pretty fast, but others may be anxious for quitting.
Are They Injured?
A dogfight may be quite hazardous, therefore it’s vital to inspect each dog for bite wounds and cuts and abrasions before the fight begins. See if there are any sore spots on the dog’s body that need additional inspection. Have your dog examined by a veterinarian often to make sure they are in excellent health. Fur and a strong pain tolerance can readily mask a more serious issue in these animals.
Safe Places for Them to Go
Taking your dog home to rest in familiar surroundings is a smart idea as long as he or she is in a decent overall state. Provide them with a space to relax where they may escape from it all.
A Serious Injury to Your Dog
There’s always the possibility of dogs getting hurt in a fight, which may be terrible. A trip to the nearest emergency vet will be necessary because there are no dog ambulances.
The location of the nearest hospital, dog park, and any other place you frequent is important to know. As a result, you’ll know where to go in the event of an emergency when the worst happens. A real emergency animal hospital should be open 24 hours a day. It’s possible that your veterinarian isn’t equipped to manage an emergency scenario. You should always try to carry your dog, if at all feasible, until you can get them into your automobile for transportation.
Because of this, they may lash out and bite in order to get their way. In order to keep them from biting, place a towel or piece of fabric over their heads. Using a cloth or shirt, apply hard pressure if bleeding is significant. You should try to keep your dog quiet, and if necessary, ask someone to transport you to the hospital in a car. In these instances, the worst thing your dog can do is panic and put himself at danger of severe damage.
Your clothing and car can be cleaned, but if you wait too long, your dog’s life might be at risk.
Dogfights are difficult to break up for most people. Do not hesitate to intervene if you observe someone else mistakenly trying to stop a dogfight. There is a very high danger of harm to both the dog and the human who intervenes, and following the methods described in this article can help prevent both from serious injury.
Video Source: YouTube – Nate Schoemer
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