By Karen A. Soukiasian
Dogfights happen fast, and sometimes without warning. The best thing to do is to prevent one from starting.
If you sense a fight is about to begin, remove your dog immediately.
As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to prevent dogfights from starting. The most essential thing for you to remember is to stay calm, so as not to escalate the situation.
Dog parks are wonderful places for dogs to socialize. Unfortunately, some dogs should not be allowed. As a responsible dog owner, if you are uncomfortable, immediately remove your dog.
Reduce the aggressor’s pack status:
1. Place the aggressor on leash during feeding time. He is to watch the other dog eat first.
2. Feed the aggressor by hand if necessary, to reinforce your Alpha status.
3. Ignore him, if he “demands” attention.
4. Command your dog for everything. He must “earn” meals, walks, attention etc. Make him sit, stay, or down, before being fed, walked, or even played with.
5. Never allow an aggressive dog on the furniture! It raises them in pack status.
1. Shout or scream, it only escalates the situation…stay calm
2. Grab for the collars. Dogs usually target the neck area when they fight…your hand and arm will be in the danger zone.
Bottom line: Learn to read your dog. Most dogs are creatures of habit. Prevent dog fights by watching for situations that may trigger them. Obedience train your dog, preferably through positive reinforcement, punishment-free methods of training. A simple command should be enough, to deter your dog from engaging.
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