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Old 06-13-2006, 02:36 PM
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How do you think is the safest most effective way?
I know my dog wouldn't be attacking or even fighting back, so if a strange dog ran up to him, how would you split it up?

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I know that they have those breaker sticks available, but I don't think that people carry them around all the time, lol. I'd also like to know...
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Old 06-13-2006, 02:43 PM
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i've heard splash them with water
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I honestly don't know.

I was at the Beach with a friend of mine and her dog (another staffie) thought that it would be a good idea to get a little rough with Bailey.

Bailey was around 13 months at the time and her dog is fully grown (male).

So she told her dog to behave himself and we carried on with our walk.

So then Boss (her dog) thinks that he will go for round 2 with Bailey, to this Bailey turned around Teeth baring and hackles up.

I rushed over (while my friend panicked) and just as i got there Bailey flew for the other dog.

I just took them both by the collar and held them apart until she caught up and took hold of her dog.
We put them both back on thier leashes and carried on with the walk.

I dread to think how i would have seperated them had they have actually gotten hold of each other though!!

Luckily both the dogs involved are dogs that i know.
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I heard (read in a book actually) that you were suppose to grab your dog by the back legs, and quickly swing them around so you won't get bit. But I don't know if that's right.
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I always heard throw water on them or sound of something loud like a horn or a gun. But all dogs are different and those things may not even phase some dogs.
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I heard (read in a book actually) that you were suppose to grab your dog by the back legs, and quickly swing them around so you won't get bit. But I don't know if that's right.
I have never heard of doing that............it sounds so extreme.

I have heard that with the "Bull breed" and similar breeds (fighting dogs) you should insert your finger into thier bottom.
Not sure if this is true, although i should really find out b/c i have a Staffie so would be useful to know just incase.
Not that the thought of EVER putting my finger up Baileys Butt appeals to me very much.
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a gun? I sure hope most people don't just carry around guns with them...

The water idea is pretty effective, or a pop can filled with nails to make a loud noise....never grab the dogs though...I've seen people end up with over 50 stitches from their own dog when they tried doing that!
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Take a leash, throw it over the dogs head, and PULL. Don't worry about hurting the dog, just PULL as hard as you can.
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I heard (read in a book actually) that you were suppose to grab your dog by the back legs, and quickly swing them around so you won't get bit. But I don't know if that's right.
You're absolutely right. This is the method that what we teach in aggression/growl classes. It's the only method that you don't need equipment for so will work best in most unexpected situations. It sounds easier than it is though. Once 2 dogs decide "it's on", finding the back legs and grabbing them can be a difficult task. I have used this method with 2 very large, capable breeds and although I'm 4'9 and under 100 lbs. I did manage to stop the fight long enough for the owner to remove their dog, the one being attacked. It's also important to pull the aggressor off rather than the dog on the recieving end of the attack, and was able to do so without suffering a redirected bite. If you try to pull the dog who's being attacked away first, more often than not it causes the aggressor to up the fight and you can cause severe tearing wounds to the lesser dog.
If you're lucky enough to be carrying anything to startle the dogs, shaker cans, water, then I would of course try that first. The reason for the wheel barrel method is that it is the safest (not foolproof by any means) way to protect yourself and we've all heard of people getting bitten trying to pull two
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