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    My worst fear is Taya being in a fight. I've never even seen one in real life - not even at the beach!

    So does anyone have any advice??

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    Well it really depends on a few things.
    Where you are, the other dogs size and what type of fight it is.

    Sorry, I dont have any advice really. The 'fights' my dogs have been in have sorted themselves out.
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    I have had to sort out a few serious fights between 2 dogs I had. (both deceased) As we were at home the hose worked. The only thing that did. That is no help to you though as you are talking when out and about.

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    Like Di Dee, the hose has worked well for me on the rare occasion it has happened at home.

    I had it happen once when out and about and my GSD bitch got into a very nasty one whilst we were walking through the sugar-cane tracks. TBH I was just frozen in shock, as was the other dog's owner! My bitch's eyes were glazed over she was so 'out of it' and I could see that she had every intention of fighting to the death. It was scary, to say the least.
    Neither human could get in there or we would have lost some limbs. Felt so bloody stupid and useless standing there, trying to stop it but being unable to do anything. Finally, when the dogs faced off for another round (and took a breath) both of us were able to race in - I grabbed my bitch's lead, he grabbed his dog's collar (yep, no lead!!!) and we were able to pull them away from each other. Only ever happened that once when out and about, so I will also be very interested to see other replies/advice here.

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    I have no idea what would work when out. I equate it to the time that I had to watch 2 dogs and a brown snake. I had no choice, I had to stay quiet so as not to distract either in case of a fatal snake bite. (both went immediately to the vet, given cortisone and watched. No bites but yep a dead snake) It is so frightening to be so helpless.

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    It is so frightening to be so helpless.

    You're not wrong!

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    I have had recommended (by one of my vets running puppy school and dog obedience) for owners only - grab your dog by its tail and drag it out.

    I haven't had to do that but I have stood over my dog and belted another in the head with the end of my dog's lead (a horse rope) to defend her. I would have grabbed that dog by the tail and thrown it out if I was quick enough (it was a whippet). Not sure what I'd do if it was a bigger dog. Ok I have grabbed/held a bigger dog once by the tail. It was so focussed on its target dog, it didn't notice why it couldn't reach it. I would have let go if it had turned around but it didn't.

    I've also seen the hose used. It has to be aimed at dogs head, in the ears, nose etc. But hoses and buckets of water not always available. And I just read somewhere that someone held two dogs heads underwater at the beach to make them let go. Sheesh.

    Does make me paranoid.

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    Depends on the sort of fight, theres scraps, barneys, biffos, and then theres WAR.
    Best thing you can do for yourself first is learn to control the adrenalin dump that happens to you, ive seen one fella shake so much he couldnt even walk over to his dog that was bluing another let alone try and yell it off efectivly.

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    Two of the three dog fights I have broken up were done so by poking my finger in the dogs anus. Yes not very nice at all but in each instance one dog had a very strong deep bite/hold of the other dog it was not a mad scramble or tussle.
    In each case the dog immediately released the other dog. I had been taught this method when working in kennels

    The other fight was between my own two dogs, neither got a good hold on the other and it was at home so I got the hose while my husband grabbed the rear legs of the larger dog and lifted them off the ground. I got a plastic outdoor chair and jammed it over the smaller one while they calmed down. That was their first and only fight.

    Getting my hands between them wasn't an option I knew I would end up hurt.

    In my experience hitting & yelling only increases the dogs aggression and they go for each other harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    Two of the three dog fights I have broken up were done so by poking my finger in the dogs anus.
    Why not just carry a dildo with you when you go for a walk.
    Sorry, it's disgusting, it just cracked me up hahaha

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