What should I do if a dog fight erupts?

An injured dog may bite anyone nearby. A dog fight can be violent and is upsetting to everyone present. Keep calm. Even the calmest, most pleasant, well-adjusted person may become upset, angry or belligerent, if they or their dog is injured in a fight. Emotional behavior is automatic; try to remain calm and as objective be as possible. Never reach your hands into the middle of a dog fight. You may get bit, and often by your own dog.

Distract the dogs and divert their attention. A blast of water from a water bottle, a loud whistle, or a pocket air horn may work. If your dog is not in the fight, make sure he/she does not join in. If a fight occurs, control your dog and remove him/her to a neutral area. Maintain a cool head. Getting upset and yelling will only add to the frenzy.

When warranted, exchange contact information with the other dog owners. If you can’t because you must attend to your dog, designate someone else to get information. Remember, owners are solely liable for injuries or damage caused by their dogs. This includes injury to another dog or person, no matter how it began, who said what, or whatever.

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1. Who operates The Hound Mound at Heritage Park?
2. What are The Hound Mound’s rules?
3. What is the size limits for the different areas?
4. Can people or dogs get hurt at The Hound Mound?
5. How do I avoid a dog fight?
6. What should I do if a dog fight erupts?
7. Can I bring food and/or water into the park?
8. Does my dog need city tags to enter?
9. Does my dog need a current rabies shot to play in The Hound Mound?
10. Is there an age limit for dogs?
11. What should I do about an aggressive dog?
12. What if a dog bites someone?
13. What if I see someone breaking the rules of The Hound Mound?
14. Should I bring my dog to the park when it’s really hot?
15. What should I do if I suspect my dog has heat stroke?