Click here to learn more.
A dogfight can erupt suddenly. A neighbor may forget to shut the front door completely, and his territorial-minded dog can dash out and charge you and your dog while on a walk. Or a pair of dogs can tangle at your local dog park or when walking by you. Or your own dogs may battle over a chew toy in your living room. And in each scenario, different canine dynamics may be in play.
I don't have to tell you that even being near a dogfight is dangerous. And choosing to intervene puts you right in harm's way. But I also know that most pet owners won't be able to help themselves and will jump into the fray anyway, trying to protect their pet or stop the fight. That's why it's good to have a basic understanding of what's going on in a dogfight and know some steps you can take to try and deal with this dangerous situation.
What's important to know is that your first impulse — grabbing your dog's collar or yelling at the other dog — may not be the right one. I've owned pets for 30-plus years, but last year I became a certified pet first-aid instructor and learned important basics of what to do in these situations. Within days of getting certified, I found myself breaking up not one, but two dogfights. The knowledge I gained from the Pet Tech program enabled me to not panic and to better protect myself. Luckily, my quick intervention also prevented any of the dogs from incurring serious injuries.
Being prepared for how to react is vital in minimizing injuries to the dogs and to you. With the help of Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, a world-renowned veterinary behaviorist from San Francisco, we've pulled together advice on how to deal with an aggressive, unleashed dog when you are walking your dog.
1. Avoid the Conflict Entirely
Aggressive-minded dogs feel the need to defend their territories — which in their minds, may extend past their owners' property lines.
2. Try to Deflect or Redirect the Aggressive Dog
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
A blind harbor seal pup named Bryce is
learning basic skills like hand-feeding
and targeting at Alaska SeaLife…
Have you heard that it’s OK for heavy-
coated breeds to live outside? Or that no
dog needs booties to protect his…
What’s the best food to feed your young
cat: canned or kibble? We answer this
important question and many more.
How do veterinarians avoid bites from
nervous patients? Dr. Patty Khuly reveals
her skin-saving tricks of the trade.
The tobacco-colored Havana Brown is a playful and curious cat who loves spending quality time with his family.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.