Stopping A Fight  





Staffordshire Bull Terriers,generally,do not look for fights. The average dog usually quite genial when out and only enters into battle when provoked.The trouble is that so many dogs are allowed out loose and unattended that intruders who irritate the Staffordshire while out for a walk with his master are common. No one can blame him for protecting himself and owner, but being such a powerful dog and so adept at the fight game he usually wins.

Winning a dog fight in such a decisive manner makes him an unpopular victor as the lookers-on are concerned, certainly the victim dog;s owner becomes aggrieved for he, like many a dog owner, will think a dog-fight should be nothing more than a brief tussle coupled with some light-hearted snapping and snarling. Unfortunately, it so ogten proceeds as a battle to the death.To be prepared for such an emergency it behovers the owner to know how to deal with a fight.It is unlikely that you will be able to call your dog off a fight. 


If he is a real Staffordshire Bull Terrier, once he has started he will be beyond audible exhortation.Nevertheless, one well known figure in the breed claimed he could call his dog off a fight and I saw him do it.The average mongrel dog when seized gives up resistane at once, for the intensity of the attack is too much for him. This means the Stafford has to be broken off his victim.Slipping both hands,knuckles down, under his collar, grab the leather firmly. Then stand astride the dog"s loins pressing your knees into his sides.


At the same time, begin to twist with your hands relentlessly, pushing your dog's nose deep into the bitten dog's flesh. Apart from the pressure on the Stafford's neck, he will find breathing through the nostrils very difficult and be forced to ease his grip and gaspto get some air through the mouth. Be ready for this to happen, and when it does, pull him away sharply and tie him to a tree or post while you attend the other dog, assuming that it has not run away.If two Staffords are fighting, the disengagement might not prove so simple, for the bitten dog could put himself into the position of biter as soon as the other dog is broken off.



In such cases it is as well to tie up the bitten dog before you begin operations, then he cannot come back at his enemy when the breakaway occurs. Try to avoid panic at such times. It is not always easy when you see what is happening. The worst thing is when the other dog's owner is belabouring your Stafford with his stick.This will have just the opposite effect to that intended. It will inflame the Stafford and drive him to intenser efforts. Buckets of waterthrown over the contestants are just as ineffective, Although ducking the fighting pair in a water tank has been proved a fair remedy.



After the fight, bathe the wounds, then drip in a fairly strong solution of TCP or similar antiseptic. Do not bandage fight wounds--let the air get to them.If the ears have been torn, clean up inside and attend these at frequent intervals so that the patient becomes used to them being handled. If you leave it too long between dressing the dog will object and make it difficult for you to attend him, thereby prolonging the repair.Of course,others have their remedies for separating fighting dogs, some quite drastic and, doubtless, efficacious. 



Whatever the method, the best formula is prevention rather than cure and a Stafford owner should be aware of his responsibility to other dogs, most of them totally unequipped to contest a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Even if it is the other dog:s fault, always try to avoid an incident that will not only cause someone and his dog a deal of distress but give the Staffordshire Bull Terrier  breed a bad name.




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