Caught this video in Facebook:
People in general are not trained or have a basic idea about what to do if they are attacked by a dog. Do we see a dog, even one that is attacking as a pet that shouldn’t be harmed? Or have we removed our own predator instincts so bad that we act like ruminants rather than meat eaters?
Dog attacks is an area in which I have a certain amount of experience. We had moronic neighbors that owned big dogs for house defense but were not trained (the owners) to be responsible with them. Here is some of what I learned and you can expect if attacked by a dog.
1) Be ready to be bitten and it will be painful. If the animal has already targeted you and you cannot bring a weapon to defend yourself or an object they can sink their teeth on, you are gonna bleed. The smart thing to do is give them something that they can bite on but it does not put you in a serious disadvantage. The idea here is to have the dog’s teeth away from three important areas: Neck, Abdomen and Genitals. Bleeding profusely or being disemboweled are generally not good things. If everything else fails, give them your non-dominant forearm.
2) Once the dog is biting, counterattack viciously. If you have a gun or knife, take it out and defend yourself. Slice the neck, the abdomen, shoot it in the chest, inflict as much pain as possible till the dog releases you. When it does, make sure it has no more will to fight or that it has initiated retreat to check your own wounds. If it looks like it wants another round, you attack first. We are not doing an episode of Dog Whisperer here, it is you life and limb at risk. If no weapons are available, use your natural tools such as hands, legs, knees and your own bulk.The point is, do not try to shake the dog off or push it away but get in close and personal and use whatever is left to attack. However, banging a dog in the head with your fist tends to be ineffective in my experience and don’t shoot yourself in the arm trying to get a head shot.
Dogs, like any other creature in this planet, enjoy the intake of oxygen. Punching or gripping the throat may help it reconsider you from tasty morsel to maybe something that may actually hurt it. If it has a choker chain, grab it and list it till is off the ground and choking. Crush the throat with anything including a good grip. Dogs with long necks will tend to release faster than short necked versions.
Remember I said to get in close and personal? BITE BACK! Possibly the closest part of the animal to you will be the very much sensitive nose, so go ahead and take a bit out of Fido (and fulfill the old “Man bites Dog” expression). Pluck the eyes out with your free hand or pull the upper lips up and away with as much force as you can. The idea is to inflict as much pain as possible so the dog gets off his Fight mode and enters Flight mode.
3) Once the dog releases you, continue the attack. Kick, scream, throw things, chase and do whatever is necessary to make the dog understand you are a continued threat to his safety and must place plenty of space between you and it. Hesitation or retreat may re-trigger the dog into attacking again.
4) Once done, call 911 & tend to your wounds. As I said, you will be bitten, you will be hurting & bleeding. Call 911 immediately and request help. Do keep an eye for the dog’s owner and if you think the moron will actually behave like a moron, inform the operator you are moving to a safer location for fear of retribution.
It is a damn shame that some dog owners just get the animals for the “dangerous” cool factor but spend zero time training them to be safe or even keeping them safely enclosed on their property. If you take the responsibility of owning a dog, it is expected of you to reduce the chances of an attack to an innocent person to the minimum possible. And as a dog lover, rest assured I will not vent my anger on the animal but on the owner by legal means available. If you are stupid & careless, cause me injury and force me to cause injury on the animal, I will seek redressing.