Shared Blog Post – How to Break Up Dog Fights

< Updated 17MAY23 >

 There is no easy or perfect way to break up a dog fight, and
there is a high probability that you may be bitten, perhaps by your dog, when
you try to do so. Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure.” This is excellent advice regarding dog fights.

Recognize that if your dog becomes involved in a fight or is
attacked, you will most likely be under high emotional stress in fight or
flight mode. Therefore, your top priority must be minimizing injury.

The following link will take you to an excellent handout, The Pet Professional Guild, produced in their journal BARKS from the Guild, which describes how to intervene if your dog is attacked. – https://barksma

Don Hanson lives in Bangor, Maine, where he is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop ( and the founder of, an online educational resource for people with dogs and cats. He is a Professional Canine Behavior Consultant (PCBC-A) accredited by the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) and a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner (BFRAP). Don is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), serving on the Board of Directors and Steering Committee and chairing the Advocacy Division. He is also a founding director of Pet Advocacy International (PIAI). In addition, Don produces and co-hosts The Woof Meow Show podcast, available at, the Apple Podcast app, and this blog. The opinions in this article are those of Don Hanson.

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