the best way to stop dog fight?

@Cutie18f (9564)
Philippines
March 4, 2012 7:21am CST
This is a problem for me because I have three dogs and there are times when one or two could be jealous and start a fight. It happened and it was hard to extract the furious one's bite from the other one no matter what we did. We created a lot of noise, we beat him, poured water but to no avail. It was sooo stressful and we felt so sorry for the other dog who is supposed to be the gentle one. Any suggestions?
14 responses
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
Yeah! Ours too! We have two dogs, one male and another female. The male one is really hyper active that whenever we arrive home he would tackle our female dog who is trying to welcome us. Due to the male's hyper activity, the female gets mad at him and bites off his neck. That is when the dog fight follows. It is quite hard to pull them out off each other. But good thing that we taught our dogs to obey us. What I do to them is that I slap them and start to scare them away each other. Sometimes I have a slipper weapon with me. When they see that I already lifted the slipper that I am holding, they will move off each other and settle to their respective cages. Well, just something simple. You better teach your dogs to obey you too by acting to scare them away!
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@Octav1 (1421)
• Romania
7 Mar 12
I think you must be veeeery scary with your slipper weapon on you! I wouldn't like to be in your dogs' place when you are armed. (armed and dangerous, I might say)
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
4 Mar 12
I guess it is better to separate them from each other. Maybe one be put on the backyard and one in the front or inside the house. I am glad that our dogs don't really fight, they just played around but we have this dog who were there outside - he is too playful that one of our dogs hates him. But they don;t actually fight, they just look at each other seriosuly, while the playful one is looking at the other as if wanted to play.
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@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
I hope our dogs are like yours.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
4 Mar 12
All of our dogs wear shock collars. We have large dogs on the ranch and if they start to get into a fight they can do extreme damage to each other. Most of the time our dogs settle things amoung themselves, but the little pain of the shock can devert attention from a fight if needed.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
I don't think we have that sort of collar in our place.
@dpk262006 (52840)
• Delhi, India
9 Mar 12
You should try to learn their language and make them understand that fighting without cause is not good.
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@Octav1 (1421)
• Romania
7 Mar 12
I know everybody told you that you should discipline your dogs so that things like this won't happen. They all are right. If you are in charge there, dogs should do what you tell them to do, not what their instincts tell them to do. Until you make your dogs obey all your commands, you should better keep them separate, so that they won't fight when you're not there. Until then, if it happens again (though I hope you won't have to cope with such accidents), you should grab both dogs tails at the same time (you grab one dog's tail and another person grab the other dog's tail) and separate them. I know it sounds simple in theory but you must be very careful with timing.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 12
I've seen our neighbors' dogs fight.They almost got ripped to shreds as they were trying to hold their dogs while they were still fighting..What they did was the first one give his dog a kick & the other one took his jacket & pulled his dog back using it.
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@leighz (457)
6 Mar 12
I think you should get the service of Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer. We used to have the same problems with our two puppies, they'll be at each other drawing blood. So we tend to give the same equal attention, but eventually we get tired of it and disciplined them, following the show's techniques on how to properly stop bad dog behavior and it worked.
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@fergus (820)
• Ireland
5 Mar 12
Hi Cutie18f, Someone said use water thats right but make sure you put the water on your own dog as the other may go for you. all the best.
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• Romania
4 Mar 12
you should try keeping them in different places and it's not too late for some dog training, maybe? I have 2 dogs, medium size both, and they always fight on the food, the toys, the sleeping areas, on whom should I pet, but it's nothing serious. If I see they are trying to fight i just break them up and take the one who started the fight outside the house for some time
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• Canada
4 Mar 12
I don't have dogs as pets but my friend has them and I have seen her spray them with water if they ever get in a fight with each other. It seems to be very effective way to stop the fight...
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
4 Mar 12
My dogs are a bit aggressive towards each other sometimes but they are very small so it's easy to separate them. If they are outside, spraying them with a water hose is the way to go. I don't know if this will help but as punishment, when I wanted mine to learn something. I had a carrier that I would put them in for a little bit when they acted naughty. They didn't like being in there while the other dogs were outside of it. Sometimes dogs that haven't been fixed tend to be aggressive to one another and territorial. If you had them fixed they might lose some of that aggressiveness. Good luck and take care.
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• United States
4 Mar 12
You probably need to get your dogs some professional obedience training. If they are actually fighting, it will eventually escalate until one is seriously hurt. Obedience training is very intensive. It requires a lot of time and effort on your part, and is usually pretty expensive. If you can't afford it, you may have to get rid of the more aggressive dog.
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@bubuth (1816)
• Philippines
3 Apr 12
We have two dogs here and they are always fighting even we give them foods in separate container so we do to solve the problem is we tie them far from each other so they cannot reach each other because if we let them to reach each other they always fight and get injured. There is only time that we untie them and let them play in the garage.
• United States
16 Mar 12
I don't think beating him is the way to go - it will only show that you are an unpredictable, aggressive leader. They should respect your decision to break them up, and the best way to make them respect you is to establish yourself as the alpha. When they don't listen, roll them on their back and stand over them. If you're afraid of them, get a muzzle to do this until they learn to respect you. Once they respect you as their leader, they'll be more likely to listen to you when you try to break up fights. You could also question who is in charge out of your dogs because it may be playing a big role in the cause of the fight to begin with. Is there an obvious alpha out of the three? Do you treat them like there's an alpha? Dogs in packs need to have roles for the better of the group, and it's important for owners to maintain those roles. Figure out which of your dogs is dominant, and be sure to always treat him as the dominant dog (obviously not dominant over you.) Give that dog its water first, food first, attention first, etc. You need to reinforce the pack order because it could be a cause for the fights. The same goes for the second and third in line. Give them their food, water and attention in that order. It can be difficult because you feel bad for the gentle dog (who is likely the most submissive,) but it will probably help keep order and prevent that dog from getting attacked. You can always sneak in some extra pets here and there when the others aren't looking!