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green man

Prevent dog fights!

When and if it starts I have found little will cure it, however this is the only advice with any kind of instruction that I have found, If you find any more information please put it here for reference.

http://www.petlibrary.co.uk/dog-t...cure-fighting-dogs.html?Itemid=34
MrsWW

Good tip there GM.

What if you're out and about for a walk and another dog sets on yours?

Reason I ask, a friend of ours was walking her Border Collie (on lead) through a local playing field when a (loose) German Shepherd came over and just set upon our friend's Border Collie for no apparent reason - cost her quite a few hundred quid in vets bills.
green man

I watched OH do this with our old GSD who attacked a tradesman old spaniel he grabbed hold of the GSDs testicles and lifted his rear legs off the ground by the testicles,George instantly had his attention diverted- I was convinced George(dog) would turn and attack OH- on the contrary he turned around and was full of admiration and deference for OH, but it's not the sort of thing you'd want to experiment with. If I walked my dogs in a public place I would carry some kind of pepper spray or base ball bat for such an eventuality, an unprovoked attack on one of mine -I would give a severe deterrent, and hopefully they would not get up again. The owners of these dogs know what they are like and should keep them on a lead.
kaz

That's a useful article but it would be very difficult to just leave them to get on with it, especially if there are more than 2 dogs in the 'pack' and the rest join in.
green man

I agree kaz I think for the sake of simplicity they  have kept the scenario simplistic.
Bantam cock

If I left mine to get on with it, there would be one dead and one not much better off.
Bitches  
daphne

Dogs fighting ...

I accidentally found a cure for my old JR who would attack anything on sight.  When I moved to a semi the neighbours complained that he was howling all day, when I was out, which he didn't do on the farm.  I tried everything and in the end, after spending a lot of money on various things, I found an electronic collar worked wonderfully.  I know it's frowned upon but I was getting desperate by then.  It was either that or have him put down - my neighbours became quite angry with me over the whole matter.

Anyway, I put it on him when I took him cubbing on foot one day - he'd never been before because of the fighting - and he didn't bat an eyelid.  He even stood amongst the hounds and said hello.  His hackles rose a couple of times but that was all.  The reason?  Whenever he fought he'd scream, and I really mean scream.  With the collar on he couldn't so problem solved.  Cruel?  Yes, probably, to start with, but now I can take him anywhere, without the collar on and he's fine.  He now leads a normal dog's life after 12 years of being kept away from other canines.

Sorry this is a bit late - I've only just found the question!  
green man

Better late than never- thanks for your input , I agree that desperate needs means desperate measures. People are concerned about these contraptions because they can imagine them being in the hands of the sadistic and cruel.

I am glad you have brought my attention back to this topic I am trying a different tack these days Instead of empowering the top dog I am removing all privileges by ignoring her giving her few commands little eye contact not letting her put a paw on me etc just to lower her pack power as she had a go at little Hanna the other day, had to throttle her to get her to let go, however my treatment seems to be having more effect than the other, I am still waiting for a book to explain this technique to me fully -lets hope it works as I love all my dogs to bits, and don't want any to be hurt in any way.
Holly

Throwing a coat or sheet over them can help to separate them.

I had problems with my 2 bitches when I first got them, had Jim Greenwood over to see us, brilliant guy, I needed to boss my most dominant bitch more, I was letting her get away with too much and worked harder on her recall, excercisee etc. We have a truce now  
Morlan75

Holly wrote:
Throwing a coat or sheet over them can help to separate them.

I had problems with my 2 bitches when I first got them, had Jim Greenwood over to see us, brilliant guy, I needed to boss my most dominant bitch more, I was letting her get away with too much and worked harder on her recall, excercisee etc. We have a truce now  


Agree totally years ago I worked in a "poodle parlour"  
We allways threw a sheet over them to seperate fighting dogs  
lilwitedogs

I've pitched a fighting pair of Jack Russells into a horse watering tank a few times.  That does the job.  They can't both fight and breathe if they are in water over their heads.
conundrum

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ve pitched a fighting pair of Jack Russells into a horse watering tank a few times.  That does the job.  They can't both fight and breathe if they are in water over their heads.


Once again Yvonne, we have the same systems in place.....I grab a tail of each fighter, hoist 'em up and chuck 'em in. Mind you, the verbal abuse they get does not bear being printed  
lilwitedogs

I usually let them know that if they both drown, it's fine with me.
 
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