How to Defend Yourself
in a Dog Attack
By Dan S Defense
Every now and then you read about a person who gets
attacked by a vicious large dog. Dog attacks are not the
norm, and dog attacks are rarely life threatening, but
large dog attacks can cause significant pain. In the
case of rabbis, sever health problems can ensue, in
addition to pain and suffering. In this article we'll
discuss ways to stop a dog attack, or if an attack is
imminent, tips for defending yourself against the
Dogs are social and domesticated animals. The vast
majority of dogs, large or small, will have an inherit
respect and fear of humans. So why do dogs attack
humans? Dogs could attack if provoked, scared or if they
suffer from an ailment such as rabies--a terrible viral
infection that attacks the nervous system. We'll start
with the latter, because that is the most sever and
threatening situation and then address other ideas for
defending against an attacking dog.
If you are attacked by a dog who's suffering from
rabies, you must know that you are dealing with an
animal that's lost all sense of fear. The animal is
suffering and it's mad. First, don't turn your back to
the animal. You need to focus on the situation and not
lose your nerve. If you turn and run, you'll most likely
be attacked, bittern and probably infected by the rabbis
Try to stand still and slowly cover as much skin area as
possible, by rolling down sleeves, wearing your coat,
gloves or any other garment that can offer some buffer
from the animal's teeth. See if you have anything on
your person that can be used as a striking weapon. An
umbrella, a purse or even a backpack can be used to
strike at the animal's face, where the nose is the
target since it's a highly sensitive area. Remember that
your main goal is not to attack but safely retreat,
hitting only to present biting.
If the attacking dog is not foaming at the mouth, you
are most likely dealing with an excited, defensive or
scared animal. Again, don't turn and run since the
animal will most likely attack. Face the animal; appear
as confident as you can. Stand up straight and tall.
Don't scream in a panic—remain in control—and with a
firm and commending voice say "NO" and "Go AWAY".
Remember that animals can sense and smell fear. You are
bigger and stronger and you need to project that fact to
the animal. If the animal persists with aggressive
behavior and advances toward you, be prepared to strike
first. Your legs are both powerful and long. A well
placed kick, again using deliberate action, into the rib
cage or head will probably send the dog running away. At
the same time, have something in your hand and be ready
to use your hands if the animal jumps on you. In that
case a strong blow to the nose area, coming from above
to avoid the teeth, will generate severe pain in the
attacker. Follow-up with a kick if need be and you'll
chase the attacker away.
Dog attacks are not common but they do happen. If you
are attacked, protect your face, neck and hands and use
your legs as much as possible. Project confidence and
act in a deliberate manner. Remember that pray is weak
therefore attempts to flee while screaming. You are
stronger and bigger than the dog. You are also smarter
and with those advantages and brute force you'll be able
to defend yourself efficiently.
Until next time, stay safe by staying alert! Comments?
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