Breaking up dog fights

 

Safely

 

OneManAirshow

by Dave Thomason

DOGFIGHTSSUCK@onemanairshow.org

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    As I sit at my computer with my two active working service dogs lying at my feet I notice the leash in my lap...I have my traumatized brain injured (I think)  service dog, Eddy, lying next to Charlie...Eddy's muzzle is at the ready and I ponder the life of breaking up fighting dogs...Thanks to some jackass deputy sheriff's Eddy now fights...The working service dog that was one of the best in the world for two years at what he did and he has been ruined. I am PISSED but that story is elsewhere in my site; this is about breaking up dog fights.
     
     These dog fights that I have experience with are not your typical dog scrapes at the dog park. This is a 110 pound Bull Mastiff that does not quit. I care deeply about my dogs and when they are all on the same page, life is wonderful.
 
    Since the incident I have have Eddy looked at by a professional police dog rehabber; Eddy is afflicted with a form of dog ptsd...Eddy had the adrenalin rush... The fight or flight reaction and as he stood terrorized  he witnessed my electrocution and the deputies yelling and since he was on my leash belt he could do neither...Run or fight...Now the adrenalin flows and he just fights...
 
    I can not tell you how many fights but my goal was always to stop my dogs from injuring each other to the point of with one fight between Eddy and Charlie I stuck my arm in Eddys mouth to keep Charlie from getting chewed up. it worked, however, you guessed it; I bleed red also...I have had my arms chewed up so many times that I have lost count of that too.
 
    I can't go to the hospital; the animal control people would get involved. I had a disruption in my pack and I do not need nor want their participation. God bless the immune system and the wonderful healing powers of the body. Human and dog alike...
 
    I could tell you of the many methods that I have used but since they did not work, I got bit, I will just tell you of the final results...
 
     After a series of fights including an attack on me I had to go to sleep on a Thursday night with a big Ed head lying comfortably on my shoulder with his jowls draped across my cheek and ponder the next morning when I would have him put down. I did not sleep that night.
 
     It was the next morning that I remembered talking to Rob, the professional rehabber who worked in town. Eddy's life was saved.
 
     Eddy was injured in the line of duty and I am committed to his survival; that means I had to get good at breaking up dog fights.
 

My First 3 dog Fight

 
     I was on the lower property at the old place in Siskiyou county and I had stepped out of the fenced yard to get a package from the FedEx driver. The four dogs stood at the fence watching. A truck came down the road with an aggressively barking dog in the bed of the truck and that set off Eddy's adrenalin and he latched onto the back of the neck of my old guy, Bonzi.
 
    Charlie, whom I had been working in tandem with Eddy backed up Eddy and took a hold of the other side of the neck and the fight was on.
 
    I ran across the road and flung my just accepted box at the mass of fighting fur, the new game camera did nothing but not break.
 
   I entered the yard and closed the gate...I picked up the hose and entered the fight...nothing...I have two very dedicted and commited dogs and now they were only wet.
 
   I threw down the hose and grabbed Eddy by the collar and pulled him up along with the neck he was holding onto. Charlie still had hold of the front of Bonzi's neck. I was at a loss...What to do...I was incapable of breaking up this horrible fight.
 
     The FedEx driver had come to the fence and was watching my failure, All I could do was call for help; he responded and entered the yard. ( I wrote a letter of thanks to FedEx) He approached the fight willing to help...but...there was nothing he could do until I could hand off a dog to him and have him pull it away from the fight...but remember; they were all stuck together with teeth...

EDDY

CHARLIE

BONZI

Time for Plan 'B'

 
   As I held Eddy's collar waiting for him to release I remembered something that I had heard/read somewhere and since this was an emergency I did not hesitate...Finger up the ass...Yup...It worked...he released...I handed him off to the FedEx guy and did the same to Charlie...So now you know part of the trick, how to get the dog to let go of something...I had to verbally guide this method in Alturas when I had to stay at a trailer park with loose pit bulls...
 
     Eddy was attacked one morning while on leash by a pitt bull that would not let go of the side of his face...After screaming for what seemed like hours to the owners; "stick your finger up his ass" then "grab his balls" their pitt bull finally released and we were able to get away...
 
   I was holding Eddy's front end up off the ground by his dominate collar from Leerburg...A MUST have...it rides high on the neck and it is snug...the perfect hanging instrument...(more on that later)
 

Time to solo

 
     This was the start of the dog fighting and my education... My next encounter was the next day. We all filed out of my cabover camper and BAM! Eddy hit Bonzi on the back of the neck and Charlie took the throat; and I was alone...
 

Thank God that I can think

 
     I see the fight manifest; zero to 60 in a MILI-SECOND...What to do...Thankfully I had contemplated this very scenario and I was able to respond accordingly by first remaining calm...Slow deliberate accurate methods work best and that starts with being clam...
 
     I had read on the LEERBURG site about the use of their leather leashes to remedy some dog fights...it is to easy to be true but it works...Loop the leash around the belly and pull the dog backwards and hook them to a fence with the clip...then the other dog...
 
    It worked the first time and separation was achieved. Now I had the method and I felt more confident allowing my internal peacefulness to be absorbed by my pack...
 

That was Good Practice

 
   My next 3 dog fight was with-in a couple of days...My dogs were able to be a pack after the fights and there were no problems...Eddy clicks out...but...I was aware and I did not let the possibility of a fight occurring...I was keeping Eddy on a short leash literally...
 
   The time was about 2 in the morning, We were staying  in my 8x12 shed on the lower property and one of the dogs wanted to go out and do the potty thing...It was pitch black, no moon... no lights..., nothing and I let two out to pee and had Eddy on leash...
 
    As I let the other two back in Eddy exploded and hit Bonzi on the back of the neck and Charlie, whom had just been out with Bonzi attacked the throat.. Here we go again, 2 in the morning, pitch black, butt naked...Dog fights suck!!! but the leash method works...
 

No Rules Fighting

 
   I have told my dogs that I do not want fighting and since they are going to fight I will respond accordingly...This new method combines the separation by leash and the release of teeth with the finger up the butt trick...Some people may gasp at this next method but it works; it prevents injury to myself and other dogs... it ends the fight...
 
 

Unconscious dogs do not Fight

 
     It is pretty simple, you fight, you hang...remember the dominate collar...Hang 'em till they quit is pretty easy to understand...

I can do two at a time...

    This may sound brutal but it is a very humane way to stop the fighting...You are not crushing the larynx...You are stopping the blood flow to the brain...when the brain has no oxygen it shuts down and they pass out...it does not hurt and as a matter of fact; back in grade school we use to choke each other out on the playground...for fun :-) it feels uniquely good...
 
    When I first heard about this method I was shocked; Hang my dog? You gotta be kidding...but...all you need to do is be involved in a dog fight that you are losing and your opinion will change...I have never gone to the unconscious part but I have seen a woozy dog...
 

    I LOVE MUZZLES

 
     The road to recovery includes the muzzle. It is the safest way to reintroduce fighters...Do not get me wrong, the muzzle will not stop a fight but the teeth do not get involved; it is still an awful, whirling, loud fighting mass...Been there-done that...God bless the muzzle...
 

 
    I finished this web page and I went out back with Eddy on short leash... he was able to get Charlie by the neck and it was off to the races again...I do not know what stimulated the attack...Eddy will start shaking then implode...

   I had just finished rehashing the fights for the last several hours and now it was on again...I was able to stop it using the hanging method, they both let go shortly after starting to hang...I muzzled them up and took them down for my birthday pizza pick-up in the truck and they rode side by side...no problems...This all started because of Siskiyou County Sheriff's Deputies, they ruined my dog...

     

MAJOR UPDATE

     
    I had another fight and I got bit bad enough for me to go to the hospital; two plus thousands dollars worth...I have made a decision and it is the best method so far...I DO NOT ACCEPT FIGHTING; THOU WILL BE TAZED!!! I found a nice 10 inch long unit with a belt holster for 50 bucks...4 million volts and rechargeable... I have only had to use it once and it was a lot better than getting bit...They now know what it is and my relaxed energy supports the non fighting successes...
     

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