How to avoid a dog fight:
  1. Posture: A dog's body language can communicate fear, hostility or submission.  Learn to read and respond to your own dog's body language, and others.
  2. Packing: More than 2 or 3 dogs packed together can lead to trouble.  Break it up before it starts by leading your dog to a neutral area at least 30 feet away.
  3. Possession: Whether it's you, a ball or treat, most dogs will protect what is theirs.  Remain aware.
  4. Provoking: If your dog is continuously annoying another dog or dogs, or provoking attention, it is time to leave the park.
What should I do if a dog fight occurs?
  1. Keep calm.
  2. Distract the dogs and divert their attention.  A blast of water from a water bottle, a loud whistle, or a pocket air horn might work.
  3. Do not put yourself or any part of your body between the dogs.
  4. If your dog is not in the fight, make sure he does not join.
  5. Control your dog and remove him to a neutral area.
  6. When warranted, exchange contact information with other dog owners and contact Animal Control.  Remember, owners are liable for injuries or damage caused by their dogs.  This includes injury to another dog or person.