This thread has mentioned how to defend yourself against a dog attack. I was reading the Pit thread Jack Batty linked to in the OP and I was unclear in that thread if the Rottweiler was going for Jack or for his dog Daisy (who is considerably smaller than the Rott).
Still, what can/should one do if they find their dog getting mauled by another dog? I’ve always been told never to get involved in a dog fight because even if neither dog wants to hurt you there is still a good chance you can get hurt anyway. However, I do not think I could stand by and watch my dog get ripped to shreds. She’s a German Shepherd (don’t hate me Jack…she really is a complete sweetheart) and thus able to defend herself fairly well but we have a LOT of Pit Bulls in our neighborhood. Apparently dog fighting is becoming popular among gangs and as a result there are more of these things about than I’d like to see (the homicidal maniac variety mentioned by Rue DeDay). I know my dog would be ripped to shreds by these beasts.
Should one attack my dog what should I do (for the sake of argument assume there is no water handy to throw on them)? Killing it seems excessive especially considering that its owner might kill me as a result. The only thing I’ve seen is to grab the attacking dog by the hind paws or tail and lift its ass and legs completely off the ground and drag it away. In this position the dog can’t get the proper balance to attack anything. Unfortunately this has the downside of what to do afterwards (assuming the owner isn’t around to take control of their dog).
Grabbing a bull by the horns is one thing…letting go is the real problem.