I'm sure there are many psychologically oriented, politically correct things that you can do under these circumstances. After you have tried them, if they don't work, consider this:
When we were faced with in-pack fighting between our Dobermans, Great Dane, and the German Shepherd (absolutely horrifying fights at that size/breeds), I went to the store and got a couple of air horns, which I stashed strategically around the house. (there is no way to break up fights between those types of dogs).
When a fight broke out, I grabbed the nearest can and gave a long and ear splitting HHHHOOOOOOOONNNNNKKKKKKK with it. All of the dogs instantly scattered to opposite ends of the house to cower under various pieces of furniture for about an hour.
Never, ever to fight again.
That's what worked for us.
That sounds like a good idea for big dogs who fight. Too bad I didn't know about it years ago when our rottie and Akita used to fight. I don't think air horns are even legal in Canada - you can't take them to hockey games in Toronto = (
Somehow fighting shih tzus aren't the same as fighting rottweilers .... but that's just my opinion and I don't even know what liquid smoke is
Try a little water spray bottle....
Usually means territorial, males needing neuter, female to female, or just protecting thier role in the pack...everyone has their place...
I have chihuahuas, I was told never discipline dogs for fighting, it just increases the temper...so, I got water spray bottle centrally located in their areas just a reach away...
I have 5 chi's...sometimes the 2 females, sometimes the boys,,,,sometimes its just a bad day...a little mist redirects their attention..if they still goin at it...grab pillow slip down in between them...to seperate...good luck..
Yeah we have a spray bottle but that doesn't stop them. We will grab one and have to lift him above our heads but even then theyre still after each other! Last night me and my dad got into a fight because I heard the fighting and went upstairs and he was CHOKING my dog, his tongue was pale purple, normally reddish pink, and he was gasping. I was so angry at my dad. He told me to take my dog and go away and I started crying, being so mad because thats like my baby! It was horrible! I think I may try the airhorn thing...we don't know what else to do...
Jame, that's animal cruelty. Its unthinkable and monstrous. Can you tell your mother or some other trusted adult what your dad did to the dog?
Someone needs to know.
Yeah I did. My mom hounded him for it. He said he wasn't going to hurt him, but I was so mad because he hurt my feelings and its not like choking him isn't hurting him already. I said so what if I had my baby, if it would have done something wrong and dad strangled it I wouldn't feel any different about the situation! Whether its my dog or my baby because they are one in the same to me since I didn't get to have my baby! I agree that it was extremely cruel. I couldn't even look at my dad after that I just went to my room, held my dog and cried. .I agree that punishing them for fighting isn't going to do anything either! Its a natural thing for dogs to do and punishing them isn't going to help. I just need to figure out a way to make them stop...I kept my dog in a kennel all last night and he cried the entire time..I can't just do that to my dog because he's not used to it at all. I don't want to use the "cry it out" method on him!