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Show Prudence When Handling Dog Fights

Apr 20, 2008
Show prudence please!

When you brought your dog home, you just knew that cute little puppy was going to brighten your family's life in many different ways! You visualized him running with the children in the backyard, curled up at your feet on a winter's night in front of the fire, and as an always-cheerful companion for everyone in the house. Whether you were ready for it or not, you own a difficult dog. But, don't expect your problem dog to transform overnight. Changing the behavior patters of difficult dogs can take some time.

Does he attack every dog it meets on his walk? Or, he has some specific enemies? Relax; he just wants to prove himself in front of the small pups, which may not be in a position to answer back. Just watch, if he confronts a big bully, he will probably run away, for he knows who will be the boss! And he will automatically be submissive, if he senses dominance of physique or brain. Normally, two fighters settle their dominance issues without a battle.

Often you will see young dogs lying on their backs, and showing their tummies with all four feet up. This is a sign of submissiveness, like they are surrendering to the stronger ones. But as dog owners, you should be careful that this does not become a habit, for he may turn into a pathetic weak animal. So, make him your friend right from his early age, for when a dog no longer looks upon you as a potential enemy it stops this lying on its back as protection. You don't want your dog to be an all-time fighter, but then you don't want him to be weak either!

When confronting a dog-fight, your own personality needs to be strong, because fighters are usually adult dogs. Among the fighters, there are a few puppies, and also a few females. Make your mind stronger than that of the potential fighter so that you are in-charge, not either of the dogs. But, never step in the middle of two loving pets and try and grab them by the collar to stop a dog fight. If you try this, the chances of you being badly bitten are extremely high. Do not waste time in screaming at the dogs, it won't help. Understand, your dog wants to be the boss of his tribe!

Just pacify him. And let him loose with the dog he has previously fought and he will realize he is at a disadvantage and show no signs of anger. Be sure to give your dog lots of verbal praise and affection for not barking or trying to be aggressive towards him. Repeat this process several times until both animals seem fairly accustomed to the presence of the other and their aggressions seem to have subsided. When things go sour, just take it in stride and put the animals in their separate areas for a bit and, given a cooling period, they will be friends again in no time.

And if your dog tends to be aggressive towards a particular sex, then just neuter him. You will also have males with strong sex drive go after a bitch that is not receptive to them. Take your dog to the park or some place with lots of dogs and let him explore the other animals. Perhaps even be the host of a Pooch Party and invite several playmates for your dog and their human companions to come over for a treat and some time together. This is a great way to teach your dog some manners and also gives you a great way to relax.

After all, common sense, proper socialization, training, and spending good time with your dog are all a part of responsible dog ownership. Because, dogs always don't have to fight like cats and dogs!
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Authored by Kelly Marshall from Oh My Dog Supplies - the place to go for dog steps in all shapes and sizes
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