Mireille Baumoel, a Certified Pet Dog Trainer at Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle, discusses how to stop a dogfight in the fifth in a series of posts on the subject from local behaviorists and veterinarians.

mireille-baumoel-dogs.jpgMireille Baumoel, a Certified Pet Dog Trainer at Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle, discusses how to stop a dogfight in the fifth in a series of posts on the subject from local behaviorists and veterinarians.

The wild, feral sounds of a dogfight are unmistakable and frightening, especially because they’re emitted from our best pals.

Fights are not just frightening but potentially dangerous or even deadly for some dogs.
While most fights are just scuffles with a lot of loud bluster, some fights are very serious and can lead to one dog killing or seriously wounding another dog. When the dogs do not stop fighting after a few moments, you may need to step in to break up the fight.

Many of the things people instinctively do are ineffective and may actually put themselves in danger or make the fight worse.

Yelling or shouting at the dogs doesn’t usually stop the fight; it may only increase the intensity level.

Another no-no in a dogfight is to hit or kick the dogs because they may then redirect their aggression onto you or fight even harder.

In my experience as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, one of the most dangerous things you can do in a dogfight is to grab a dog by its collar. This also happens to be what people try first.