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Does Your Dog Have Problems
With Fighting Other Dogs?
Severe fighting problems with
other dogs are the type of dog behavior
that cause their owners the most worry. It is this vice that many
dog owners hope a psychiatrist will be able to probe and cure, but
this is the process of investigating into the past of a dog's mind,
which cannot be probed because the dog cannot answer questions, no
progress can be made with psychiatry.
A dog fights for several reasons, usually the right to survive, whether
this be taken as the right to eat and live peaceably or simply that the
dog wants to live up to a certain standard whereby he has no enemies or
neighbors that irritate him. We do not know which motive fits
each individual case.
What we do know is that dogs pretend to
fight in play, mauling each other in a rough and tumble which nobody
minds. Puppies have mock fights all the time to strengthen their
limbs and develop their jaws and to wear off their superabundance of
energy, but the subject we are looking at here is serious dog fighting,
which is dangerous for dogs and humans and has been known to end in
death for the smaller and weaker dog.
That does not mean we
cannot understand a dog's present state of
mind. Although past events might have had disastrous effects on
the dog and might have affected his mind and emotional makeup, it would
have to be the owner who is psychoanalyzed to find the answer to the
dog's problems. But because few owners would have the nerve or
sense to go to a human doctor to find out why their dogs fight, I think
we can leave out this subject too.
Even if the fight is not so bad as to end in death it can cause the
owner of a dog to have a heart attack from fear or people can be
bitten. It is most unpleasant and terrifying, to say the
least. Most people don't realize it takes only a minute for two
dogs to get really to grips, before that they are playing for a
Therefore, when you go to separate a dogfight, there is no
need to rush in and be bitten. It is far safer to watch at close
range until you can safely get a hold of a collar or of the loose skin
between the eyes of the dog.
Once a dog has got a hold on another dog, it is unlikely that he will
turn around and bite you for to do so he would have to release the
other dog. You are reasonably safe when it has got a hold in slipping a
lead on or grabbing the choke chain or scruff. It is generally
useless beating the dogs in a dogfight; they would be mentally unaware
of pain at that moment, and unless you knocked either dog out you would
not separate them once either had a real hold.
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Does Your Dog Have
Problems With Fighting Other Dogs?