|Barked: Mon Oct 1, '12 2:37pm PST |
|Yeah, in my case, IT IS NOT safe to grab a dogs collar when fighting another dog - they could redirect on you, whether it's on purpose or accidental, because they're trying to get one another.
That said, Kia already had hold of Regan's neck, so my best bet to get her to let go, was to lift UP on her collar and essentially cut her airway, while pulling her into a position that had her on her back feet, because it forced her to let go(without tearing open Regan's neck), while giving me that brief moment where she had to try to figure out how to reposition herself to go after Regan again. In those SECONDS after she let go of Regan's neck, I was able to haul butt backwards, while the door got shut and as soon as Regan was out of sight, save for shaking with adrenaline, Kia was fine again and all happy, cuddly pup all over. Despite the fact that, in breaking up fights(that one being the worst - and all others just being Charlie being an ass, or Maya and Regan having a disagreement), I never got bit... I was VERY lucky to have never gotten bit btw... I still ended up with all the muscles in my hands torn, and barely able to use them for several days, because they were badly bruised from that collar she had on at the time, so I still got hurt, even if it wasn't from teeth. I COULD have grabbed Kia's back legs, but I wasn't thinking clearly, and all I knew was she had Regan by the neck and NEEDED to unlatch her jaws before I could pull her back, or risk Regan being killed.
Worst fight I ever saw, and there wasn't even blood.
Definitely not a technique I would recommend though - it's entirely situational. If a dog bit me, I absolutely would grab the collar and lift UP, until I could move the dog into a separate room and shut the door(the technique I used with Kia) - if outside, I'd likely continue holding like that until someone could call in the bylaw, or an owner came to fetch their dog. However, in dog fights, it OFTEN is far far safer to grab the back legs and pull backwards.
That said, most often during dog fights, people aren't thinking clearly other than "Break them up!" so...
There was one fight between Kia and Maya way back when, several years ago when Kia actually tore Maya's ear open(her ear was split from the tip right up about an inch and healed that way)... And I'm REALLY glad I wasn't there for that one and didn't have to witness that, because I know ears bleed A LOT, and I was told about that fight. Not one I would ever, ever want to be the person there for to end. But even after that, although Maya could never again be around Kia, she was perfectly fine with all other dogs and could even go to the dog park(fight was starting by Kia, as were most of them - Kia was severely SSA).
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