How To Stop A Dog Fighting
The Video: How To Stop A Dog Fighting. In this video a professional dog behaviourist gives advice on how to split up a dog fight. The video warns about the dangers involved, what you certainly should not do, and gives you a variety of options on how you can stop the fighting. Either by using a blanket, water or lifting up the dog's back end.
Stan Rawlinson, I am a dog behaviourist and obedience trainer. This is Charlie, he's getting on a bit now, but he's a young Jack Russell cross Dachie. And he came to me as a rescue, really badly beaten and had all sorts of problems at that time.
However, he's never been an aggressive dog, and what I want to talk about today is how to stop fighting. And fighting would normally be into dog aggression. He is not aggressive to other dogs, no one of my dogs are aggressive to other dogs.
Because I've socialized them, as much as I can and I've also checked any other aggressive behaviours. But what do you do, if under the situation that a fight occurs. How can you stop that fight? One of the main problems is, if you get involved and you put your hand in, there's a fair chance you're going to get seriously hurt.
The dog, whichever dog it is, can then act on its cold regranted aggression and snap at whatever's coming in. It think it's another dog or the same dog switching round or whatever. And it will snap on you and it will snap hard.
You may get very seriously injured. So, to put your hand in between two fighting dogs is not the way forward. There's a number of things you can do.
If you have a blanket at hand, you can throw a blanket over them and quite often, the dog must suddenly confuse them and they will stop fighting. But not everyone has a blanket at hand. If you got water, sometimes a bucket of water or something to throw over will split a fight up.
But not always. If it occurs and you have nothing to hand, then don't go for the head, don't go for the ears, don't go for the collar, because if you do, there's a fair chance you're going to get hurt. Go the other end of the dog.
This end. Now, if I picked young Charlie's legs up here, he can't spin around and bite me. Because if he does, he need to jump off them, front legs, and if he jumps off them with front legs, he'd fall over, because I got his back legs up! So, get behind the dog and pick up these and pull backwards and the other owner is on the other end pulling backwards; brilliant.
Absolutely brilliant, it will help. Sometimes you can get the tail, but it hasn't the same effect as levering up the back feet. Once again, I repeat it, it's quite important that you don't go with your hands near the muscle, the head or there, because they'll snap around or the other dog will come in, it will bite you and you'll get badly injured.
Back end! If possible water, if possible a blanket, if there's something like that around, even sand, sand diversion, a noise, all of those types of things. But if it goes and it's fighting, then you have to do something to try and split them up, because it's incredibly traumatic and it's very frightening to both dogs and humans. Of course, the fight starts, normally, because one dog either doesn't like the other, or doesn't like any dog and in the end, you need to get that dog socialized.
Perhaps a behaviourist to come round and see it, if this is a common occurence. Sometimes, we are in denial over the aggression with our dogs. We say it's only done it once, it was because the other dog ran off.
It was the other dog's fault, it's not always the case. Dogs do go to each other. Basically because they want to be social.
If you got an anti-social dog, please don't go into denial and blame all the other dogs. Look at your own dog first. But, be careful when a dog fight starts or you are going to get injured.