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What you Can do to prevent a dog fight
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- Most importantly, KNOW YOUR DOG - what he does and doesn't tolerate;
signs that he is getting annoyed; his unique body language;
- If there is a dog in the park "pushing his buttons" keep
them apart. It's a large park move to the opposite end.
- If it looks like there is about to be a problem distract the dogs.
Call, whistle, throw a tennis ball at them, squirt them with a water
bottle -- whatever it takes to turn their attention to you.
- BE VIGILANT -- know there your dog is at all times. Never be more
than a few steps away.
- Learn signs indicating impending problems, like; Dominant body
language and posturing i.e. one dog placing his head over the back
of another, sideways looks; standing stiffly; pinning.
Packing can get out of hand when there are too many dogs or a
bad mix of dogs;
Humping Most dogs will just "bark off" a dog if he
doesn't like being mounted. If the other dog doesn't "take the
hint" ask that owner for help.
Bad Mix Some days there is just a bad mix of dogs. If you feel
uncomfortable, trust your intuition. Take your dog out and come back
If a dog fight Occurs
Don't grab the dogs by their collars -- you could get bitten. Pull
dogs apart by their hind legs. Keep outsiders out of the fray. Everyone
involved needs to remain calm and civil and exchange information. Each
party is responsible for damages or injury caused by their dog. If a
human is bitten - you must call the police.