==> Why dog bite styles and dog fight styles are important?
Because with a dog fight, we better know our options!
> Note: The prior Periodical How to Stop a Dog Fight is a must-read before this one <
Dog Fight Styles and Dog Bite Styles
Once you have seen a few dog fights - not dog play (see the prior Periodical for clear differences) - you will have noticed that different dogs may use different dog fight techniques or dog fight styles, right?
Dog fight styles and dog bite styles
- A few dogs hardly bite at all, they use primarily their body. Judokas. Often wrestlers.
- Other dogs hardly use their body, but their mouth moves wildly and bites everywhere. Genuine aggressor.
- And other dogs use their body until they get one "good bite". Strategists.
- Most dogs release the bite quickly.
- Only a few "strategists" will hold the bite - these dogs either pull or shake their head.
- Some dogs remain almost on the spot and bite only what they can reach from there. Confident boss.
- Most dogs retreat to a safer distance after biting.
- Other dogs make a few steps after the opponent or victim to bite it again. Boxer (not only the breed).
- And other dogs will literally run after and pursue the opponent or victim. Hunter.
Did you notice?
Obviously it is VERY helpful in order to break up a dog fight that we know which kind of dog(s) we are dealing with. Because we better make sure to adapt our strategy and measures to stop the dog fight, so that we avoid getting bitten ourselves!
Well, at least I myself am not keen to get bitten. So let's assume here you aren't either.
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The problem however is: Dog fight styles and dog bite styles aren't totally breed-dependent.
When we see a dog fight of say, our German Shepherd and a Boxer, we can't simply assume that the boxer won't come after our dog (9) when we call our dog away (possible if behavior-trained) or pull our dog away (necessary if obedience-trained)! An individual Boxer may well pursue our GSD, while another Boxer does not.
Thus, next to dog breed, the individual dog's upbringing seems to have major impact on the dog's fight and bite style too. For example, I've seen some Pitbulls of type 3-5-6-7 as per my loose classification above - although most Pitbulls seem to be rather of type 3-5-9: Pitbulls typically pursue the opponent or victim that got a chance to get away.
However, the good point is: Many (but not all) dogs seem to have their breed-specific fight and bite style shining through. Plus, as you know from the prior Periodical, we will always first 'calmly' watch an ongoing dog fight for a few seconds - while considering our options - before we even think about intervention!
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