There are many ways to keep your dog and other dogs safe when on walks from something so little as to what colour lead they have.
Different coloured leads can have a big impact on you, your dog, members of public and other dogs.
There are three main colours that stand out to dog walkers.
- Caution – Red. This colour lead means that members of public should not approach the dog.
- Nervous – Orange/Yellow. This means that members of public may approach but with caution.
- Friendly – Green. This means that’s members of public and other dogs are safe to approach.
What to do during a fight:
Although people do their best to avoid a dog fight, in some cases avoiding isn’t possible and a fight can break out.
If you are in a situation were two or more dogs are fighting there are three simple steps you can take.
- Don’t Panic – If the dogs separate quickly on their own calmly approach your dog with their lead and leave the area.
- Distract the dogs – Is there a bowl or bucket of water or, better yet, a hose nearby? Thoroughly dousing the dogs will often take their minds off fighting. Loud noises will also sometimes work. Try honking a nearby car horn, blowing an air horn if one is available, banging on metal trash cans, etc.
- Physically separate the dogs – If the dogs can’t be distracted, try to find something you can put in between them. A board, large branch, cane, umbrella (quickly open it to startle the dogs), or anything that is on hand and sturdy enough to prevent the dogs from biting one another (or you) could work. Never reach for your dog’s collar or head as this is the surest way to get injured during a dog fight.
After the Fight:
- Check Your Dog for Injuries – Once the fight is over you will still need to be very careful around the dogs. They will be agitated and possibly scared and in pain, all of which increases the risk that they will bite. If your dog has obvious wounds, take him to the veterinarian immediately. Most bite wounds heal well when they are treated appropriately, but they almost invariably become infected when treatment is delayed. Even if your dog seems to be fine after the fight, keep a close eye on him. Some injuries may not become apparent for a few days.