The following information has been adapted from the ASPCApro website.
Prevention of an altercation or fight is an essential strategy. Careful selection of the order of introduction and removal of dogs from the playgroup should be done to prevent fights from occurring.
It is important to differentiate a fight from an altercation. Altercations may involve growling, barking, snap biting and aggressive posturing, but the dogs do not make contact or harm each other; usually, these do not require intervention. A fight involves the dogs grabbing each other’s skin or body parts with the intent to cause injury (a strike bite).
When a Fight Occurs:
Breaking up a fight is dangerous. DO NOT ever attempt to pull a dog off of or away from the other dog. Find more information at Centre for Shelter Dogs.