I have broken a finger twice when grabbing a dog by the collar…the best technique(if you are strong enough) is to grab the scruff and rump and lift…will neutralize any dog and no biting
This! Yes! I must admit, not my initial instinct, but I did do this once with a smaller dog. Although in some cases, 120 lb me vs 100ish lb dogs I work with… probably not gonna happen, even if I am stronger than I look haha
I’m always skeptical of the grabbing the rear rather than the collar (lift UP and back), but this isn’t the first time I’ve seen that recommendation. Thoughts on why this technique is safer?
First off, yes, grabbing the collar has worked for my in the past. But grabbing the collar definitely has more cons than pros. For one, you are that much closer to snapping jaws, increasing the likelihood of being bit. Second, you don’t get as much control over the dog as you do when you grab the back legs- even if you are able to pull the head back, it is difficult to separate the dogs. With the legs, you have control over the entire body as well as the element of surprise.
One thing this article doesn’t mention, however, is that it is often necessary to spin the dog in a circle as you pull him by the legs. This prevents him from curling around and biting you since his front legs are too busy side-shuffling to keep him from falling.
This is an incredibly important subject for those that have multiple dogs, take their dogs to public places, or work in rescue.
Personally, I’ve never been afraid to break up a fight, and I was actually quite surprised when I realized that most people are. In fact, I don’t even think about it- I jump in as soon as it starts. Fortunately, I’ve never gotten hurt doing this, but it often isn’t exactly the safest or smartest way to go about it. This article has some good tips on how to break up a fight safely- a great read for those who are unsure of what to do.
Animal ER just called to tell me that my dog was completely unaffected by the sedatives they gave him and they’re going to have to try something different because they don’t really feel like getting bit. They’re going to just keep him over night (free of charge!) because, according to them, making us wait this long is ridiculous. I just laughed and told them good luck, that dog is as bull headed as they come.