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Dog fight - fun becomes serious

A harmless, playful fight among dogs can quickly turn into serious business. How do you know the difference between a so-called comment fight and a serious dog fight? How do you behave properly in such a situation? You can read everything about dog fighting in this exciting article.

When is it aDog game?

Watching dogs play and wrestle can not only be extremely entertaining, dog owners also literally “open their hearts” when they see their darlings frolicking around.

In some cases it can get really wild. The teeth are bared, growled, barked, bitten in the cheek, wrestled, snatched and raved about as much as they can. It is understandable that some owners are easily unsettled by this and think that the dogs are fighting each other seriously.

But this is mostly a harmless scramble. You can find out how to recognize a game here: Dog game

Much ado about nothing, but when does it get serious?

If it becomes too colorful for one or the other dog, for example if its signals have been misinterpreted by the playing partner, the game can tip over and a fight can arise. But even when resources are defended, stress is present, or a dog is afraid or in pain, such arguments can arise.

Most dog fights are so-called comment fights. The aim of this exhibition match is not to injure or even kill the other dog, which unfortunately would be the case in a serious fight. More often than not, these fights arise in same-sex dogs.

But how can you tell the difference?

What is aComment fight?

As already mentioned, these are exhibition fights, the aim of which is to defend oneself, but without wanting to hurt the other. These fights are usually ritualized and with loud arguments. The facial expressions are also clearly recognizable in both dogs. It usually looks bad, but it usually doesn't last long. In the worst case, minor injuries can occur.

An attempt should be made to gain distance and calm, because rarely but can a comment fight tip over and turn into a serious fight.

How do you recognize oneSerious fightbetween dogs?

When dogs fight seriously it suddenly becomes very quiet. The vocalizations are stopped, facial expressions and threats are no longer shown or only shown very briefly and barely recognizable. Dogs that seriously compete with each other hardly waste any energy demonstrating noises.

The serious fight therefore runs silently and has the goal of seriously injuring or killing the opponent.

Even if this type of fight is far less common, you should still know about it.

What are the consequencesat a dog fight?

The consequences of a serious dog fight can be devastating. From small scratches to life-threatening wounds, anything can happen. The dog's psyche can also be affected in the short to long term after such an attack.

If your pet has any physical wounds, is restricted in movement, or seems traumatized after an argument with another dog, you should visit a veterinary clinic as soon as possible. Even small wounds can have catastrophic consequences. There is also a risk of internal bleeding.

If you notice changes in behavior or personality in your loyal friend, it is advisable to contact a dog trainer.

You can read about everything else you should pay attention to in the event of a bite injury here: Consequences of dog bites and prevention

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How do I behave properly in an emergency?

If dogs get into a serious fight, your self-protection naturally comes first.

The risk of becoming a victim of a bite injury is great. It is important to know that you can never separate the two dogs on your own, in any case you need a second person who also knows what to do.

In the event of an emergency, the dogs have to be ripped off in order to let off each other for a second. At the moment of confusion, the owners need speed by pulling the dogs away from each other in opposite directions. However, this should be communicated in advance, because it is not enough if only one dog is pulled away.

To do this, both people should hold the dogs around their hips, lift their hind legs upwards and AT THE SAME TIME pull them backwards. Warning: This can lead to hip injuries and other consequences. It is important to weigh up. In an emergency, an injury is less bad than death.

But how can I get dogs fighting with each other off the hook? External input can draw both dogs' attention to something else for a moment.

  • Loud noises: A horn, for example, can upset the two for a brief moment. A squeaky ball can also be a distraction for a moment.
  • Water: If you have drinking water for your dog with you, pour it on the dogs that are fighting.
  • Clothing: A jacket or the like can also be useful by throwing it over the dog's head. The sudden darkness can trigger a moment of shock.

It must be clearly stated here that these procedures are only intended for absolute emergencies and are aimed at saving a dog's life. Under no circumstances should one use these or similar methods in other situations, because they can have psychological consequences (like all aversive methods).

If the dogs are separated, the two must be separated from each other as far as possible and secured. Because another attack cannot be ruled out.

After all the excitement, it's time to keep calm. The dogs should be searched for injuries. The keepers should exchange their contact details with each other, even if no wounds have been discovered for the time being. If a veterinary clinic has to be visited at a later point in time, possible damage payments can be claimed.

Conclusion

A harmless scuffle or a bloody seriousness? Unfortunately, in some cases this is not easy to distinguish when dogs are fighting with each other. Fortunately, our dogs tell us about it in their utterances. However, always remember to never separate scuffle dogs on your own. Hopefully your darling never gets into a dog fight, but you should still know how to act in an emergency.