Teaching Advanced Canine Social Skills and Canine Conflict Resolution
It's not uncommon for dogs to have heated discussions, especially as they mature. Although, they are simply communicating, as professional dog trainers it's our job to intervene and "split" R1 the dogs to prevent their energy from escalating to a level that can result in fights and/or bites and to teach safe and solid Conflict Resolution skills.
In this picture, you can see Norma Jeanne using her body to step in between Chester (Golden Doodle) and Lila (Old English Bulldog) as Lila disciplines Chester for standing over top of her. Note Norma Jeanne's positioning. She is splitting the dogs in the same manner that a dog might split others, by inserting herself between the two dogs in conflict while avoiding physical contact.
Note Greg's position as he removes Lila by gently pulling her away from Chester by her hips and hindquarters. He's removing her in this manner because it's easier to move a powerful dog this way without the use of excessive force as well as putting himself out of the line of fire in the event of a possible redirected bite. The handler who is touching the dog should always avoid putting him or herself near the dogs' teeth, especially when breaking up an actual dog fight. This is important because many incidences of dogs biting humans occurs when handlers intervene incorrectly during heated canine discussions.
Copyright © January 18, 2018 - Greg Ceci * Norma Jeanne Laurette, CCS - Canine Correspondence Studies, ACTT - Applied Canine Therapy & Training
R1 - Splitting - Turid Rugaas - On Talking Terms With Dogs, Dogwise Publishing, Wentatchee, WA, 1997, 2006