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here's an interesting reply from one of our experts in feral dogs;;;;;
I've had to break up many fights including pack fights (5 to 7 dogs). What I have learned from every fight is to prevent them. There is no ONE method that is completely reliable or that will keep the human safe.
Dog's go through stages quickly before a fight or attack. Your best defense is a proactive Ninja warrior preemptive scream that startles the dog from that progressing state of attack. If you take the time to grab a horn or water hose or figure out something else, it's too late. Now you'll have to move on to the break up stage.
"Breaking up is hard to do"... you know that old song? In a dog fight or human attack, once the first bite/hold/shake happens,The attacking dog goes into a lock-out phase where nothing can be heard to thwart the fight. Loud noises, screaming and hitting the dog only heightens the excited state. So, if you miss the first chance to yell as loud as you can, then go to quiet on your voice and use your brain to minimize the injuries. Pulling apart two dogs is a good way to tear an ear off or turn a puncture wound into a gash.
First determine which dog is the aggressor. Always focus on that dog. Never pick up the dog being attacked. If you do, the aggressor keeps coming and the dog in your arms looses any advantage of escape AND both dogs may find your appendages to chew on. In the case where you are being attacked... try and stay on your feet and climb onto a car, up a tree, fence, whatever or jump in any water available. Some may say to poke out an eye of an attacking dog... NOPE, that does not work. Depending on the size of the dog and your own mass and strength, Another good maneuver is to hold the dog down with as much force as you have and just wait. I know your arm may be in the dog's mouth, but just wait and (in the case of a hand or arm) push further into the dog's mouth instead of pulling out. The dog will gag and release. Be ready for a re-bite. They are fast.
Back to the dog on dog fight, I've tried everything ever written on breaking up a fight (short of the hitting the dog with a shovel- I won't do that). But I have found one trick which comes from my farming days - to control uncooperative cows and sheep, we would stick our hand in the cows butt or a couple fingers in the sheep's back end. So, Grab the attacking dog's tail, lift it high and push a thumb right inside... When that dog releases, it's teeth are coming for YOU. So be ready to back up still holding that tail and spin the dog using centrifugal force to keep the jaws away from you. The rest comes naturally. Don't forget to wash your hands.
Jack Grever - ADBC
Longshot Farms Canine Rehabilitation
Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
Member of IAABC ,International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants , Member of Pet Professional Guild