Many pet owners find themselves wondering how to stop dogs from fighting. Dogs are known to fight for a variety of reasons but it is correctable behavior.
To stop dogs from fighting you will need:
- A sturdy leash
- A muzzle
- The first step to stopping dogs from fighting is determining the cause. Examine the dog's behavior before a fight for any clues as to the stimulus. When you determine the cause you can begin either conditioning the dog to react to the situation in a different behavior or remove the stimulus that causes him to fight altogether.
- Most dogs fight due to social status, nervousness, or fear and they can usually be stopped from fighting through socialization. Socialization is the process of taking dogs into unusual environments or to meet new dogs or people in order help them grow more comfortable with these situations. Introducing you dog to other dogs so that they will learn that other dogs are not always hostile will go a long way.
- Dogs that do not respond to socialization should be watched closely for aggressive behaviors. Picking up on a dog's aggressive behaviors will help you to recognize, and stop, a fight before it begins. Common indicators are stiffening of the body and movements like growling and revealing teeth. Keep these dogs on a leash so that they are easier to control, use a muzzle if necessary.
- There are a few strategies to stop dogs from fighting if the fight is already in full swing. Many owners use water from a hose, squirt gun, or bucket to break up a dog fight. The dogs lose concentration when the water is poured on them and they can usually be better controlled by their owners. Other popular options are to use vinegar, air horns and citronella spray. Avoid physically breaking up the fight if possible, as dogs rarely pay attention to what they are biting when they fight.