Something scary happened to my husband and I this weekend, and I thought the story was a good lesson in how unprepared for drama most dog owners are. I'm including myself. ( Collapse )
Honestly? This was an extremely traumatic experience for us as pet owners. Thank god my own pup was in the car safely in her crate during this nightmare. But it made us realize how we really have no idea how to break up a dog fight, and dog fights happen when you don't expect it to (that pit had come running up out of nowhere while the poor woman was walking her puppy). WE NEVER SHOULD'VE APPROACHED THIS DOG FIGHT. I was absolutely not thinking when I did so. But I bet I would've done it again.
There are a lot of free-ranging dogs in Portland. If you had a dog, consider carrying pepper spray at all times when you're out with it (we're considering this now ourselves). If you can avoid it, don't approach two dogs fighting. Never grab a fighting dog's collar (it was a miracle that this worked when my husband did it) and don't hit a fighting dog. If you must break up a dog fight, use the wheelbarrow method: grab the dog by its hind legs (works best when a person is addressing each dog) and move them in an arc away from each other, wheelbarrow-fashion. This should break up the dog fight with minimal damage to each other--and yourself.
Anyone else with more words of wisdom, I'd love to hear from you so I can learn more.
On a side note, good job North Portland! Residents, business workers, and passers-by all chipped in to separate the dogs, restrain the attacking dog and get the other pup and its owner transportation to and payment for medical and vet care. We were all strangers, but that day we all pitched in to help members of our community.