Why dog fight? Tips on how to break up


This post responds to all the questions and comments that we receive every year about dog fight.

Although dog fight are quite common, people don’t know how to break them up safely or what to do afterward.

We’ll address both of these issues and offer tips for preventing dogs from fighting. Continue reading to learn how to deal with a dogfight if it happens and how to ensure that all involved are treated fairly.

dog fight
dog fight

Why dog fight?

dog fights are often unavoidable, but dog owners can take precautions to prevent these incidents from happening.

Tip: Keeping your dog on a leash and in sight at all times is the best way to avoid this problem.

If you live in an area with many dogs around, try to keep your dog away from them or put it inside when outside.


When to stop a dog fight?

When a dog fight happens, it is important to know how to break up the fight safely.

One of these ways is by using a rolled-up newspaper on your hand or back and hitting them over their snout with one strike while shouting “NO!” in an aggressive voice.

This method will cause no harm if done correctly! The goal here is not to kill either dog but make enough noise so that they notice you are there and stop fighting.

To ensure fair treatment for both dogs involved,

it’s best to do this from behind the dog originally being attacked (the dog who instigated the attack).

There should be at least two people present when breaking up a dog fight: one person each standing behind opposite animals.

Keep Calm

Whatever method you use, keep calm and try to end the fight as quickly as possible. If you are calling for help, avoid shouting at the dogs or other people.

Focus on the task at hand and take a deep breath. Encourage others to do the same.

Clear the Scene

Keep children away from the area, and avoid crowds.

Two people, ideally the dog’s owners, should be involved in the breakup of the fight. All other people should stop the fight.

dog fight
dog fight

Spray them Down

Spraying them down is an option if they are available.

  • Spray water with a garden hose on the heads of your dogs. If possible, focus on the nose and eyes of the aggressive dog. If you don’t have a hose, a bucket or spray bottle with water might be more effective.

  • Spray Shield or vinegar spray on the face with citronella spray may be enough to break up an easier fight, but not necessarily the most intense.
  • Dog owners may carry citronella spray. Citronella spray can be a distraction for dogs that hate the smell. Many veterinary professionals recommend citronella oils to dogs over pepper spray.
  • This is a less harmful option and may prove to be as effective.
  • Although pepper spray and CO2 fire extinguishers are sometimes recommended, they should not be used as a last resort.
  • They can cause injury to dogs’ eyes, skin, and mucous membranes, as well as potentially causing harm to people around them.
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Make lots of noise

Fighting dogs may find it difficult to get used to the sound of a car or air horn.

However, this is less likely to work in intense fights.

Screaming at dogs and shouting at them rarely works. It can often intensify the fight.

Strategically Use Objects

Sometimes, you can break up fights with objects around your house.

  • A blanket placed over fighting dogs can temporarily distract them and stop the fight. You may be able to separate the dogs by using a blanket safely.
  • An effective method is to open an automatic umbrella that can be opened between two fighting dogs. It’s important to ensure that the umbrella is long enough, so your hands are away from the dogs’ faces.
  • To help them separate, you might also place objects such as chairs or laundry baskets over the dogs.

The owners may be able to remove their dog from the fight by using distraction.

These techniques are not recommended for serious fighting.

Get Physical Intervention

If done wrongly, this method of breaking up a fight can be dangerous. It would be best if you did not get into the melee of fighting dogs.

Also, don’t try to grab the neck or head of fighting dogs. This could lead to your pet being bit.

However, experts have found a safer method to separate fighting dogs. This is the “wheelbarrow” method.

This method works only if two adults are available to intervene (the owners of the dogs if possible).

There should be at least one person per dog if there are more dogs than there are.

  1. Approaching a dog from behind should be done slowly by each person. Each person should approach the dog slowly from behind. This should be done for each dog at the same moment. If one dog is standing on top, it’s important to pull the top dog first and then the bottom dog as soon as the dog stands.
  2. Keep your distance from other dogs and begin to circle to one side. You want to make the dog follow the circular path with its front feet and force it to stay upright. Stopping suddenly may cause the dog to flip over and bite you.
  3. Moving the dog in a circular motion backward makes sure it cannot see other dogs or dogs. Continue to walk the dog backward in a circle until it is calm enough to allow you to attach a leash.

If one or both of your dogs refuses to release their jaws, you can try pressing on the dog’s ribcage or using a special “bite stick” such as the blunt end of an all stick in the jaws.

However, these methods may not work and could even make the situation worse.

Don’t get aggressive with your dogs.

These situations will not be helped by punching or kicks.

The physical intervention method should not be used if you are alone.

Your other dog will likely chase you (and you) if you walk back to the dog.

This method can rescue the dog that is in serious harm and remove the aggressor, but it is extremely risky.

What Not To Do

Now let’s look at the things you shouldn’t do.

  • Do not allow fighting dogs to get in your way
  • Do not reach for your hands to separate fighting dogs
  • Dont not approach a dogfighter!
  • Never grab a dog’s tail to try to get him out of a fight.

It would be best if you remained calm and not get involved in any dog fight that could result in serious injury.

This article can also be used to train staff.

It will help staff learn how to diffuse and prevent dog fights.

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