With statistics putting the rate of dog attack at 4.5 million people per year, it makes perfect sense to learn how to survive a dog attack. The truth is you don’t have to be a threat to dogs before they attack you. All they need is to feel threatened by your presence and they will attack!
The rate of dog attack is rising. It makes perfect sense you learn how to protect yourself. Here we have provided you with a few tips on how to ward off an attacking dog as well as how to minimize harms done during an attack. What to do when a dog is about to attack
Preventing the attack
What do you do when a dog suddenly spring up an attack on you? For most people the instinctive thing to do is to run. Unfortunately, dogs are fast runners and not many of us can outrun the dog. Running from an attacking dog is never a good idea except you are as fast as Usain Bolt. In any case, running excites the dog and even encourages it to attack more ferociously when it eventually catches up
with you. So never ever run when you sense a dog is about to attack you.
For some other people, fighting an attacking dog is the instinctive thing to do. Well, if you have this instinct, let’s pray you have the strength of a prized fighter and your attacker something other than the pit bull.
Pit bulls are known to fight to the last breath and fighting them only urges them the more to attack. In any case, fighting off an attacking dog is very bad except you are doing so with a revolver. In which case, your chances of being injured with be reduced by 80%. In any other cases, your chances of being injured stands at 50% even with a knife.
So what’s your best defense when a dog is about to attack you? Most experts recommend that you remain calm. Avoid panic and the urge to do something.
Dogs like other animals can sense fear. They become more confident when they sense their presence intimidates you. Dispel this illusion by remaining calm and fearless. Once they feel you are not threatened by all their teeth and silent growls, they will be less likely to attack. So, if you’ve been running or walking briskly, slow down and then finally stop. Stand with your side to the dog. This way you will appear less of a threat to it. Remain calm and standing still as moving targets always holds a dog interest. If you have with anything like a bottle or a stick, throw it to the side. This will create a distraction and the dog may even run after it, playfully.
If the dog continues barking even after you’ve stopped running or walking briskly, you may want to consider retreating slowly. Do not turn your back on the dog. Rather keep your eyes on the dog while backing away slowly. Do not make eye contact with it as it will feel more threatened. Watch it from the corner of your eyes, this way you will know what to do if it eventually attacks.
What to do when a dog won’t back down If after backing away slowly and the dog won’t back down, most experts recommend that you use the command language. In an authoritative voice, command the dog to stop or sit. Some well-trained dogs will respond to this command and stop especially if the tone of command sounds authoritative enough. If after issuing a set of commands and the dog still won’t back down, you may want to create a barrier between yourself and the attacking canine.
This barrier could be anything: your handbag, jacket, purse, stick, just about anything that you have with. Use it to create a barrier between you and the oncoming dog. The purpose of this is to confuse the dog especially if it wants to bite you. If such a barrier is not readily available, then your best option is to give it your fist ouch! This may not sound like a good plan but it is your best option if you want to minimize the harm that will be done. For one making a fist will prevent your fingers from been bitten off. It also gives you three free limbs to fight with if the attack eventually comes to that.
Once a dog is unto you, you need to fight it off with all your strengths. Let it get to your fist and never close to your face or neck. A dog can only fight with its teeth; the limbs are often pretty useless in a fight. So when it attacks, give something to its mouth to hold, this could be one of the barriers we talked about earlier or your fist.
Once your first is in its mouth, hit its eyes, neck or nose as hard as you can with your other free hand and yell for help as loud as you can. Your legs are also free and you can use those but it is often not recommended as they can push the dog of your fist. Once pushed off, dogs will rush back to bite in a new place thereby increasing the number of injuries.
Only use your legs when your hands are not free or when you are on the floor and the dog is aiming for your vitals, face or jugular veins. When fighting a dog, avoid the floor as much as possible. The floor leaves your body open and tends to limit the use of your upper body strength plus it gives the dog the best chance.
Try as much as possible to remain standing while fighting a dog. A dog will find it more difficult to hold on an attack when you are standing especially when its mouth is on your fist and the front limbs are raised from the ground.
Dogs can kill during an attack. So, when fighting them off, do yell for people to come and assist you.