The article I wrote opposed to break sticks is the highest rated post I’ve ever written. And…… It’s because everyone hated it.
I see the pages and posts that refer people to it, and they all think I’m an asshole.
Apparently, the way to unite the wannabe tough guy Pit Bull bro, and the “pibble lover” hippie, is to take away their fucking break sticks.
I stand by every word of that article. I don’t use break sticks. They are inefficient, and make aggression worse.
But, the mistake I made was in not giving the alternative!
Everyone, just kept going back to “If not that, then WHAT?”
I didn’t talk about how TO do it because, telling people HOW to break up a dog fight on the internet is dangerous. Not to mention, it sounds horrible.
That’s because I use the same thing to stop a violent dog, that I use to stop a violent person.
I choke them.
Yeah…… That sounds bad. That’s why the people who know it’s the answer, don’t talk about it. They’re worried about losing public opinion.
Almost every dog professional I have ever met or interacted with online will admit (if pushed) to going up on the collar in an emergency. Google that shit and see how may trainers advocate it out loud.
Fortunately for me, I stopped giving a fuck about what the public thinks when I was a kid. And….. Apparently, NOT saying is pissing everyone off anyway.
So…… Here you go:
(disclaimer- don’t try any of this without hands on instruction form a qualified trainer. this is for discussion not instruction)
Slip Collar Lift.
Rear Naked Choke.
It’s done exactly the same way on dogs as it is on people.
And, before you argue it’s efficacy, here’s an example of a 9 year old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student saving a friend using this technique.
What about the “Hind Leg Suspension” AKA “Wheelbarrow” technique? Isn’t it safer?
Yes……. If you have shit dogs. Curs. Chewy frantic re-grippers. Yes….. That can break them.
If you outnumber the dogs. It can slow them down. I use it when handlers outnumber dogs. But, you still have to break the game dogs grip!
There are ONLY 2 choices.
Break Stick. And Choke. (don’t start with your e-collar bullshit. It won’t work on a game dog unless you go to a level that is quite damaging and dangerous. Same as hitting them. I actually DON’T want to hurt the dog hence these as the only options)
Break Sticks REQUIRE multiple handlers. Or at least some convoluted back-tying. And, they INCREASE drive and frustration. They do NOT change the economics of fighting. No dog gets pried off and thinks….. “Damn….. not sure I want that happening again”.
Chokes can be done done with slip collars on TWO DOGS simultaneously by a SINGLE HANDLER. Rear Naked Chokes must be done one after the other, which sucks…. But is doable alone. And, both versions give serious pause to the dog next time.
It is the ONLY correction that can have THAT deep of an effect……. AND doesn’t ADD adrenaline. Damage The dog. Or damage the relationship.
And don’t talk to me about safety. Collar lifts have LESS risk than break sticks. And a Rear Naked Choke risk is no worse. No vital areas exposed. And honestly…… The dogs that make this a necessity aren’t chewy and re-gripping anyway.
Yes…… You should train and handle in a way that makes this unnecessary.
If you have to use this you failed the dog.
This is the “air bag” in your car. You DO NOT want to use it. But…… You will to save a life.
When all has gone wrong and the nightmare has begun……. Chokes are the ONLY thing that works when it’s life or death that doesn’t have serious blowback.
There it is.