Best Ways to Stop a Dog Fight

Playing How to Stop Your Pets from Fighting

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The Doctors meet Julie, who was severely injured when she was caught in the middle of two dogs fighting. She suffered a bite on her leg and another severe bite on her hand. She is looking for tips on how to best break up a dogfight.

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Veterinarian Dr. Karen Halligan says that remaining calm during a pet altercation is key. She also says to never yell or hit the animal. If a dogfight does occur, she suggests:

  • Use cold water - throw it in the face of the dog, aiming for their nose and eyes
  • Startle the animals with a loud noise - she says not to yell but bang pots and pans, slamming the door or an air horn could be effective
  • Distract the animals - a blanket thrown over them or an umbrella opened in their face might distract them from the fight

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Dr. Halligan also notes that socialization as a puppy and obedience training is vital in possibly avoiding dogfights.