Although your dog is the cutest of dogs, it is not immune to conflicts with another of its companion dogs. Fights between dogs are frequent, and if they are aimed primarily at everyone imposing themselves as the strongest to hide their vulnerability, they can lead to serious injuries to opponents. It is therefore better to be vigilant before the threats escalate, and be ready to act as necessary to end the fight if it could not be avoided. Let’s take a look at this case.
Why do dogs fight?
A fight between dogs can start for many reasons. The main factors that can cause this type of conflict are:
- exclusive behavior with food, toys, the master or various objects that the dog does not want to share;
- the willingness to defend oneself if the animal feels in danger or attacked by the proximity of another dog;
- the willingness to defend its territory when another dog enters its home;
- the need to assert its hierarchical position in the group;
- conflicts between males during breeding seasons when it comes to gaining a female favor;
- conflicts between male and female dogs.
These causes of struggle are the most common, but it is also not uncommon for a dog to be a struggle for other reasons that can be traced back to lack of training or socialization. In fact, a puppy that has been separated from its mother prematurely, or that has not been well cared for by her, may not have acquired the basics of socialization and good dog behavior, which may push him to be more aggressive as far as he does not know. how to behave in front of other doggies or understand them. On the other hand, an abused and mistreated dog tends to be naturally more aggressive because he can deduce that aggression is a normal means of communication.
Avoid dog fights: how to do it?
It is always better to avoid a conflict than to have to interrupt it, especially between two dogs. Fortunately, there are some simple tips to accomplish this.
- Make sure to socialize your dog well from an early age by giving him, any young puppy, the opportunity to be in touch with his congeners regularly and under peaceful and positive conditions. Maintain a regularity in these meetings over the years so that your dog maintains the habit of this contact and these exchanges.
- When walking or putting your dog on a leash, do not allow it to approach another animal. In fact, he will tend to feel threatened, unable to escape, and he will be aggressive in hiding his sense of vulnerability. Also, if you pull on his leash, he may assume he is in danger and become more aggressive.
- When you meet a dog, your attitude can be important. In fact, if you yourself are stressed or worried about the idea that your pet may be fighting, your dog will feel it and he may be aggressive. If you pat him when he sniffs at a dog or growls at him, he may think you are reassuring him and that he has a right to feel threatened.
- The best thing to do when you encounter a dog is to continue as if nothing had happened.
- Teach your pet the recall order from an early age. This is important if you feel that your animal is threatening or that it may be the victim of an aggressive doggie.
These tips can help you avoid a fight. Nevertheless, tensions sometimes rise rapidly, and it is important to act quickly so as not to let the conflict take hold. A fight is a game for dogs. In general, for them it is above all a matter of imposing themselves by showing themselves as the strongest to avoid being threatened by the other. The ritual of this confrontation is generally always the same and is divided into several phases:
- The dogs begin by observing each other from a distance, each from their position. If one of the two doggies gives in, the conflict stops there.
- Every dog seeks to intimidate its rival by showing aggression.
- Appeasement then occurs in a third time. When the quarrel is over, the doggies can even lick each other’s mouth curves.
It is always best to separate doggies before a fight breaks out, because even though your little companion is very gentle by nature, he can become particularly aggressive if he feels threatened. Also, you do not know the dog’s reactions to it. Caution is therefore required.
Stopping a fight between dogs: what to do when the conflict breaks out?
Despite your precautions, a conflict can break out. In this case, it is necessary to act quickly to prevent the animals from being seriously injured, but not just anyway. You have to control the fight between dogs, here are the steps you have to follow.
Keep calm, as much as possible, so as not to make the dogs even more agitated and aggressive. No need to shout to be heard as the dogs will not hear you but they may feel encouraged to continue.
You can try a “stop!” strong and solid, but success is not guaranteed.
Do not stand between the dogs and never put your hands near their mouths, as you may be bitten, even by your normally docile little companion.
You need to act quickly and efficiently to put an immediate end to the conflict. Here are our solutions to this:
- spray the doggies with a bucket of cold water (or water bottle, water jet, etc.) to surprise them and divert their attention;
- blind the dogs by throwing an opaque blanket or jacket over them to encourage them to try to free themselves, which will distract them from the fight;
- make a sudden loud noise to get their attention (whistle, trash can lid, pots, etc.);
- stand behind the biting dog and grab his hind legs to bring him out of balance and push him to release his grip. Be careful never to grab a dog’s tail or testicles, as the sharp pain will cause him to seek to bite you.
Once the conflict is over, make sure to get the two opponents away as soon as possible. There is no point in scolding your pet, but allow it to escape the steam to evacuate the aggression and stress that has accumulated in it.
What to do when the conflict is over?
Once one has been able to put an end to the struggle, one must very quickly create a climate of calm to prevent the two congeners from looking for each other again. Each of the masters must tie his dog to his leash and they must move away in opposite directions.
Go to a quiet and safe place to allow you to reduce tension. Examine your dog, and if it is injured, take him to the vet.
If all goes well, let him release the steam freely to release all the tension that has built up and the stress of the fight.
As for you, as a master you have to tone down the argument. Calm down, breathe and behave normally. Avoid trying to pet or pet your dog as you may give him additional anxiety and give him the impression that you are tolerating his behavior. There is no point in scolding him either. On the other hand, ask yourself the cause of the conflict and think about the solutions that need to be put in place to prevent it from happening again. In addition, it may be wise to think of other ways to meet dogs to allow your little companion not to stay at this event and to develop a stronger fear of his or her innate.