Breaking Up Fights SOP 1
The purpose of this sample standard operating procedure is to have a protocol for staff and volunteers to separate fighting dogs as quickly as possible while minimizing risk to handlers.
EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES NEEDED
Try the following interventions in order. If the intervention doesn’t work within the first 3 seconds, move on to the next method.
When a fight occurs, the incident should be recorded and reported following your shelter or rescue's policies for documenting incidents. Record which dogs were involved, if there were any triggers that could have been avoided (ex: resource guarding), and any injuries. If you do not have an incident report form or if the existing form for your organization does not incorporate details about dog fights, see this sample Fight Incident Report which can be used to supplement your organization's documentation procedures.
Example List of Documents:
Dog Play Profile Sheet (edit if dog already has an existing profile)
Any facility-related incident forms required by the shelter or rescue