Dealing with Gratuitous Tummy Rubs and Serious Dog Fights

Morning Stretch

Dealing with tummy rubs is easy. Just combine them with a massive morning stretch for full effect. The above is Klon this morning, warming up for his morning walk and breakfast.

On a more serious note, found an excellent piece on how to break up a dogfight. If you are around dogs, please read it… it will only take a few minutes.  Here’s a quick summary

1. Learn to recognize the difference between a real fight and play fight. What may look like a fight often, even usually, isn’t.

2. Don’t panic.  Dogs will feed off your panic, and the fight will get worse.

3. Try making a loud noise to startle them into breaking up fight, this is often all it takes. Make sure its loud enough to surprise them. A few very loud claps along with a stern BACK OFF should do the trick. DON’T: Keep yelling if the loud noise doesn’t work.

4. ALWAYS approach the fighting dogs from the rear…stay as far away from their heads as you possibly can. DON’T: Try to grab their collars. In the heat of a dog fight, they will both interpret this as you jumping into the scrum.

5. Grab your dog by his hind legs, near the thighs, and lift his legs into the air like hes a wheelbarrow. If you can, instruct the other dogs owner to do the same with their dog. This puts you in complete control of your dog, while staying far away from their teeth. They will be unable to turn around to bite you in this position, & physically unable to lunge at the other dog without falling on their face.

6. Still grabbing his hind legs, start quickly backing up in a zig zag motion.

7 Keep backing your dog up until you are well away from the other dog, and the other owner has control over them. Don’t stop backing up until the other dog is completely under control by their owners.

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