Malaysians have been shocked by a disturbing footage of a man kicking a dog recently
The video that has surfaced on social media during the weekend shows shows a man breaking up a dog fight by kicking another trainer’s border collie.
Although it was not captured on the video, it appears that the border collie and a german shepherd got into a fight shortly after the respective trainers were asked to leave the dogs alone as part of an obedience test.
The incident took place during an event that was organised by the Malaysian Kennel Association (MKA) in Setia City Convention Centre on 14 to 16 April.
Netizens have slammed the dog trainer for reacting violently
Many people said no matter which dog was in the wrong, what the dog trainer did was unwarranted and he shouldn’t have kicked the border collie and hurt it.
Some have gone as far as calling him an "animal abuser".
However, there are those who opined that the man did what was necessary to break up the dog fight, which could possibly turn into an ugly situation.
Responding to the criticisms, the dog trainer has defended his actions
Lee Kong Hoong, the dog trainer who has come under fire for kicking another dog, said that he was only protecting his dog.
"Say a dog is going to attack your daughter or son, what are you going to do? Say someone else's dog was about to attack your child, your baby that you're holding. This is the same thing," Lee was quoted as saying by The Star Online.
He also claimed that the border collie wanted to attack his dog and that its owner did nothing to break the fight.
It was reported that Lee was eventually disqualified from the event. However, he told The Star Online that his disqualification came about because his dog broke the rules, and not because of his actions which were caught on camera.
Meanwhile, a source has reached out to SAYS to provide a different side of the story
It has been learned that the border collie, named 'Peppi', is a 7-year-old competition dog that regularly enters obedience and "Dancing with Dogs" competitions. Peppi's trainer has more than 10 years of experience in training dogs.
"At that particular challenge, the trainers are supposed to command the dog to sit and stay. It was okay until the german shepherd next to Peppi left its position and approached Peppi," the source who requested anonymity told SAYS.
According to the source, the dogs were probably not fighting, but playful at first. She pointed out that people were initially laughing when they saw Peppi bowing down, thinking it was playtime.
"It turned into a scuffle, and that's when the trainers went over to the dogs," she explained.
"He (the other trainer) kicked Peppi to break the fight, and is clearly seen kicking the dog even after the dog was apart and while holding his own dog," she added.
Despite the drama surrounding the competition that day, Peppi won third place.
The video above shows Peppi with his owner during a "Dancing with Dogs" competition in the past.
The incident has sparked a debate on how to break up a dog fight the right way
Breaking a dog fight is dangerous, and can potentially result in serious injuries if not handled properly.
According to popular dog behaviourist Cesar Millan, one of the most important things to do is to observe the dogs' body language.
"This is what I do with aggressive cases – stop the bad dog behaviour at the very instance you see it about to escalate. But if that’s not possible, during a dog fight, once there is one occurring, stay calm and observe who or which of the two dogs is at a higher level of intensity," he said.
He said that the dog must be given the "right touch" at the ribcage area. Millan also advised people to "pull up from the back of a dog's neck and collar" to stop a dog fight, and suggested they use "a loud, strong voice or grunt directly" at the dog. However, he said that the person must not scream repeatedly or they risk aggravating the situation.
"Most importantly, be quick, stay mindfully aware, emotionally in tune, and remain calm and assertive."
The owner of Peppi is believed to have filed an official report to MKA
It is said that MKA will investigate the matter and take action.
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