Dogs get into fights for a variety of reasons, most of which are rooted in natural canine instincts. … Many fights are territorial, such as when a strange dog enters your yard. The urge to protect the people in its pack, its food, or some prized possession may provoke your dog to attack another dog.
What triggers dog fights?
The risk for fighting is increased in dogs that are not spayed and neutered. Food and toys are common triggers for fights. We all want what we don’t have, dogs included. Many dogs are inherently possessive and aggressive of their possessions, like chew bones, food and squeaky toys.
What are the signs of dog fighting?
Fighting scars can be found on the face, front legs, hind ends, and thighs. Puncture wounds, swollen faces, and mangled ears are also telltale signs of fighting. If you see dogs with these characteristics, contact law enforcement or animal control immediately.
How do I stop my dog attacking my other dog?
How to avoid dog aggression
- Socialise your dog and train them with positive, reward-based training. A well socialised dog is less likely be aggressive towards other dogs. …
- Keep your dog on a lead in unfamiliar places. …
- Be aware of other dogs. …
- Keep an eye out for signs of aggression.
Should I muzzle my dogs to stop fighting?
Don’t: Use a muzzle as a way to get dogs to stop fighting with each other. Dogs can still fight while muzzled and injure themselves and could make the fighting issue worse. It’s best to use a muzzle as a safety measure together with positive training methods to help your dog’s learn to like each other.