Hi everyone, i recently had a bad experience with my dog . So you can understand the situation better let me start from the beginning. I have a 3yr old female Neo Mastiff (not neutered), i have a good size backyard for her to play in, any ways my brother decided to visit me with his male 7yr old chow mix w/gsd, my dog and my brothers met before but that was like 2yrs ago, at 1st they got along fine no problems, but when my dog (neo) approached her food bowl to eat , my brothers dog (chow) growled at my dog like he was saying its his, well my dog didn't even hesitate and went to show the chow whos house and food bowl this is , in a split sec they were locked, my brothers chow had his jaw in my dogs face , my dog had the chow by the throat , but no damage was done to the chow since he has a lot of fur to protect him.

I grabbed my dog by the ears and held firm, trying to not let her shake her head, my brother was doing the same w his dog , i got scared when blood started coming out my dogs eyebrow, my dad had to get on the back of my brothers dog and press his testicles, and then they slowly let loose, I don't want this to happen again i thought my brothers chow was going to tear my dogs eye apart, anyone been in a similar situation , whats the best way to separate big dogs and more importantly whats the best method to unclamp the teeth of a dog that has his teeth locked in another dog, thanks in advance.
Ps, My Neo got some nasty bites in her but nothing a lil antibiotics couldn't handle.
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Hi everyone, i recently had a bad experience with my dog . So you can understand the situation better let ... best method to unclamp the teeth of a dog that has his teeth locked in another dog, thanks in advance.

From behind the dog, grab & quickly lift both rear legs, holding the dog in a wheelbarrow fashion. The other person does the same. If you're alone, attach a leash to whichever one you can gain collar access to then secure the leash to something. Grab the unleashed dog as described above and pull slowly backwards then secure that dog.
A dog in this position will be hardpressed to reach around and bite you and since it puts the dog off-balance he/she will be distracted enough to give up the fight.

Tara
From behind the dog, grab & quickly lift both rear legs, holding the dog in a wheelbarrow fashion. The other ... secure the leash to something. Grab the unleashed dog as described above and pull slowly backwards then secure that dog.

I'd be really careful about doing that - don't pull a dog that won't let go.

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Melinda , you took the words staright out of my mouth lol. As i said in my 1st post , both dogs where locked and the chow had the better grip he had his whole mouth deep inside my Neo's side face, both dogs did not want to let go for the life of them, + me and my brother where holding both dogs heads, because the once the chow had a good grip on my dogs face he was moving his face side to side like to take apart my dogs face, blood started coming out of my dogs eyebrow, face, and lower face (actuall penetration here), that being said, i think the wheel barrel method would not work as if i tried that instead of holding both dogs heads firm, the chow would of get a big chunk of my dogs face.
So my question now is, how to seperate 2 fighting dogs when there jaws are deep in one anotheres and dont want to let go.
Thanks in advance
Scott, thats a very good and informative site (checked it out before), but those dogs where gsd's , very light dogs to seperate my Female neo weights 119lb and like the chow mentioned before, in the few chances she had to get in a lil rummble she doesnt let go and she goes for the throat.
that being said, i think the wheel barrel method would not work as if i tried that instead of holding both dogs heads firm, the chow would of get a big chunk of my dogs face.

The wheelbarrow thing can be very effective, for two reasons: 1) it reduces the dog's traction and mobility, and
2) it can distract the dog. However, if it doesn't distractthe dog and the dog doesn't let go, dragging a dog that's got his teeth in another dog can worsen the damage. I haven't had a situation in which the dog wouldn't let go eventually (say, 30-60 seconds), but I haven't had to deal with particularly dog-aggressive breeds, either (I have Siberians). Sometimes you can do stuff to help distract the dog.
Pit bull people have techniques for dogs that won't let go and would be the right people to ask.

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Pit bull people have techniques for dogs that won't let go and would be the right people to ask.

I'm not a Pit person, but - several of you got there before I could in saying that the hind-leg grab is a very bad idea if one or both of the dogs has a grip and is working it.
Pits are not, by far, the only dogs who will do that.

The method used by Pit people to seperate dogs in that situation involves the use of a breaking stick. A breaking stick is a tool made of hard wood - looks something like a smooth, rounded wooden crowbar- which can be inserted in the corner of a dog's mouth and used to pry/lever the dog's mouth open.
The technique is to straddle the dog, with one hand on the collar, use the stick to pry open the mouth, then pull the dog off. However, doing this safely requires that there be TWO people- one for each dog - because if the other dog isn't pulled away instantly, it's highly likely to continue the fight.
There's also the fact that in doing this with a Pit or Pits, one can be almost 100% certain that the dog(s) won't turn and come after the handlers- NOT the case with a lot of other breeds.
If you don't have something to pry with, you can force a dog to break a locked grip by clamping your hand over the mouth and squeezing the lips into the teeth - but you run a MUCH higher risk of getting bitten by the other dog as the gripping dog lets go. If you don't have someone to pull the other dog away as the grip gets broken, you'll almost certainly get bitten.
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