Because some dogs have long, strong hair, their coats occasionally become entangled with foreign matter. The worst offender is chewing gum, which can be hardened by ice and broken out. Whatever becomes entangled in the coat can usually be removed, if you use a little patience, without cutting off great clods of hair. From time to time your dog will scratch himself not too seriously, and usually the best curative is his own licking. The cut should be washed with soap and water, then treated with an antiseptic. Clip the area away from the area only if the dog begins to chew it. Bandaging a minor cut is hardly worth the effort, for the dog will have removed it the moment you turn your back.
If your dog gets into fight, do not try to pull the fighting dogs apart, they will most likely bite you in the process. Squirting water on them by means of a garden hose sometimes works, as does a bucket of water. If your dog is chewed up in a fight, his skin will be full of puncture wounds, tears, perhaps a ripped ear or jagged skin lesion that will need suturing. The cuts must be cleaned out, and an antibiotic shot should be given by your veterinarian.
On an extremely hot day your dog may be overcome by heat prostration. He will become dizzy, lose his balance and collapse in a quivering heap. Move him out of the sun into a shady spot, and cover him with with a blanket soaked in cold water. Keep him quiet for the remainder of the day.