What’s the best way to stop a dogfight?
Never let one start! Become familiar with your dog’s body language and behavior. A hard stare is usually the first indication of too much interest in another dog.
If you miss the early signs and a fight starts, you need to get the dogs separated as quickly as possible. If there are two people around, each should grab the back legs of one of the combatants, pulling back and upward so that each dog is upended. Don’t let them down on all fours until the fight is out of them—no more snarling, growling or lunging—and then take the dogs away from each other.
If you’re alone when a fight breaks out, turn on a hose full blast and drench the dogs. A gallon of white vinegar will also do the trick, but once you get the dogs apart you’ll have to rinse them off. The vinegar can sting if it gets in the eyes, but will do far less damage than a dogfight will.
Never reach into a fight to try and grab the dog’s collars; you’ll likely be bitten. And do not scream at the dogs, since they’ll see you as the ringside cheering section, and your adrenaline will keep them going.
It’s up to a dog’s owner to prevent injuries—to dogs and to people—by being aware of their dog’s behavior at all times. Don’t wait for something to happen. Protect your dog from situations where he might become involved in a dogfight. If you’re at a dog park and a dog comes in who seems scary….leave!