Sometimes, despite your best efforts to monitor their interactions, dogs get into fights. To reduce the likelihood of injury to all parties, follow the guidelines below.
If you stay calm, you’ll be able to separate two fighting dogs more safely and efficiently.
DO NOT grab your dog by the collar if he or she starts to fight with another dog. Your dog may instinctively whip around to bite you, even without any past aggression.
You might also be on the receiving end of a bite that was intended for your dog.
Before you attempt to physically separate two fighting dogs, try these methods:
Just like humans, body language plays an important role in canine communication. Start being aware of your dog's body language so you can detect when your dog is uncomfortable around other dogs and more likely to respond in an aggressive manner. Examples can include:- stiff body, hackles raised, stiff wagging tail, direct eye contact, dilated pupils, turning head away and lip licking. When you notice changes in your dog's body language, you can calmly remove your dog from the situation and environment and prevent an aggressive confrontation.
Furthermore, if your dog easily escalates to aggression or gets over excited in play or worried around other dogs then consider using a Halti head collar. A head collar will allow you to redirect your dog's head as soon as he/she start to aggress or show signs of distress.