If you take your dog to the local dog park, odds are that it’s fine 99% of the time. Your dog gets to socialize with other friendly dogs and get some natural exercise.
But what if another dog at the park is aggressive? If it attacks your dog, your first instinct is probably to run in and break up the fight, protecting your beloved pet. But is this really what you should do?
Your personal safety is your priority
In a general sense, no, you should not break up the fight. There’s something to be said for removing your dog from a conflict when it’s on a leash, but an unleashed dog at the dog park is a different situation.
If you rush in, experts warn that you could suffer “severe lacerations, crushed bones, and sometimes far worse.” This can happen when the dogs are attacking each other and you get in the way, but it could also happen when one of them turns and deliberately attacks you.
Remember that dogs are pack animals. If you rush up to the fight, you may just be trying to get your pet to safety, but the other dog doesn’t know that. It thinks that you are aggressively charging to join the fight with your pet. You need to keep yourself safe. Most dog fights do not last for long and do not lead to serious injuries for the animals.
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, take action
A dog fight can spiral out of control very quickly. There are plenty of cases where aggressive dogs do injure owners or people who are nearby. If you get hurt by someone else’s animal, make sure you know how to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. An attorney can help you understand all your options.