Thursday, May 7, 2009

Please be warned.

Okay, Okay! I know, I am writing about dogs again today. But please indulge me as this may also save you from the same trouble.

You see, I am so worried about Marie because she almost lost her thumb breaking a dog fight. Her pet dog, got into a fight with a neighbor's dog and without realizing the risk she puts herself, she run towards them hoping to be able to break them up! As a result she was bitten by the dog and severed her thumb below the nail bed. The doctor had re-attached it but she said it remained blackish and if it doesn't turn pink today, they have to remove it. Let's pray for Marie's thumb to heal well, ok?

Guys, NEVER step in the middle of two dog fighting - even if they are your loving pets! The chances of you being badly bitten is extremely high. You see, dogs in the middle of a fight don't see you as an owner, but rather see you as another aggressor. When they are in a fight mode, they will bite you!

Dog fights are a very dangerous thing to try and break up alone. We should never rush in and try and grab the dogs to pull them apart. In reality it probably doesn't even know it's biting us. Think of it like a bar fight. If a person comes up behind 2 guys fighting and just reaches out and grabs the shoulder of one of the combatants most of the time the fighter is going to turn and throw a punch without even looking at who or what he is hitting. This is because his adrenaline in pumping and he is in fight drive.

The safest way to break up a dogfight requires two people. Each person grabs the back feet of one of the dogs. The dog back feet are then picked up like a wheelbarrow. With the legs up, both dogs are then pulled apart.

Once the dog fight is broken up and the dogs pulled apart it is critical that the people do not release the dogs or the dog fight will begin again. The two people need to start turning in a circle, or slowly swinging the dogs in a circle while they back away from the other dog. This stops the dog from curling and coming back and biting the person holding their legs.

To insure that the fight will not begin all over again when you release the dogs, one of the dogs needs to be dragged into an enclosure before the dog is released. Do not waste time screaming at the dogs. It hardly ever works!

Do you know of another method to break a dog fight? Please share them with us.


Tracey said...

paul has used a big stick!

Odette said...

heyyyyyyy! and i was hoping you are having your power nap!
if it's any consolation to you, outside the wind is howling while it is raining non-stop. oh, i just love to sleep and snuggle unto my pillow during this weather. YAWN
oops, i am not inviting for a pillow fight!!! hahaha...!

love you, tracey.

Mimi said...

Poor Marie! I am sending prayers.
It is very dangerous to break up a dog fight on our own. I hvae used the Dog Whisperer technique of standing close to the dogs and using an authoratative command, but you must be the pack leader of the dogs fighing. I would never try it on a stray or any dog other than my own. When a coyote attacked my bichon,he fought back and I broke up the fight by throwing a heavy lawn chair on the coyote and he ran away. Dog bites to the hand can be very serious.

Amy said...

I dont trust dogs so i would never break a fight up...i used to watch dad split our dogs up when i was little but it used to scare me...hope maries thumb gets better.



well said. Though it is best to not get involved as people can be savaged however Fi could much better comment on this than I:) It is a scary situation. I do my best to avoid dog fights with my boy by keeping him on a lead at all times. He was attacked in a dog park,so I never risk letting him off the lead.Most of the time it is about owner responsibility, muzzling a dog who is into fighting would be a safer option for all.

Marie Vass said...

Yeah I knew I wasn’t to get between them but it was just a split second response sort of thing, of course I think back about now and think how stupid am to have done this is so know better, I’ve been kicking myself in the ass since it happened trust me!!!! A blog post would be great, I’m sure some people don’t realize what to do, I knew and still did just a knee jerk reaction and I’m so paying for it. I’m going to blog about it when my thumb doesn’t hurt as bad thanks again!!

Odette said...

my five dogs were never caged nor leashed. they roam about freely within the confines of the home but they never fought with each other.
it's another story though if a stray dog happen to cross one of them as they will attack in pack. but the fight almost always break up in their own pace.
damn, a dog fighting always scares me, so i always keep my dogs inside and if i let them out, it's one dog at a time.
thanks for the comment, guys!


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