Dog fights are one of the most frightening things that dog owners’ witness. In addition, many dog owners normally have trouble determining exactly when a fight between dogs is starting and how to differentiate between fighting and playing. It is also tricky for a dog owner to know exactly when to step in and stop a dog fight. However, the most crucial thing that dog owners should understand is how to keep the dogs from getting into a fight. Here is how to prevent dog fights from happening;
1. Feed the dogs in separate rooms in the house.
Feeding the dogs in separate rooms will stop the dogs from competing for food. Also, dog owners should not leave coveted items like toys or bones on the floor unless they are able to fully supervise. Dog owners should also keenly watch out for situations that may cause dog fights, for example, having only one toy on the floor may cause problems. Controlling the dogs’ access to coveted items will effectively eliminate possessive fighting.
2. A dog owner is advised to interrupt the wrestling matches between dogs if he or she feels that they are actually getting very heated and might turn into a serious fight. The dog owner should try teaching the dogs a command like it is easy to warn the dogs to back off when their play gets too rough or too loud. The dog owner is advised to start with a very loud noise like clapping as he or she says it is easy in order to get the dogs’ attention. He or she should then reward the dogs for easing up or just allow them to continue playing gently. Each time the play gets too rough just interrupt the game. It’s also advisable to separate the dogs in different rooms for a while if they do not calm their game down.
3. Train the dogs with the basic obedience commands.
This helps the dog owner have greater control of his dogs in case they get too agitated or exited with each other. For example, instead of risking fights by letting the dogs trample each other while rushing to get outside, require the dogs to sit down and patiently wait at the door until they are released and reward the dogs for following your instructions. Also, give your dogs some privileges such as chewing bones when they are very calm and if they begin to get aggressive, remove the bones from them.
4. Break up fights between dogs by interrupting them. Shout or clap to get the attention of your dogs. If this is not enough, throw a blanket or water over the dogs’ top. One should not try to separate the dogs physically unless he or she has to. One should not also separate them alone; he or she should get somebody to assist. Grab each of them by their hind legs,(at the top of the leg) and slowly walk the dogs backward.
5. Observe the body language of your dogs to see whether they are fighting or it’s just a normal friendly wrestling match. Normally, dogs use their growls and their teeth to play and sometimes the game can seem violent to an observer. Are the dogs stiff and rigid or are the dogs bouncing around with their tails wagging? In case it’s the second, this is most probably just a normal game.